MLB star takes heat to keep men out of girls’ locker rooms; ‘how did this become a question?’

Former Major League Baseball star Lance Berkman is under fire for having common sense.

The 2011 World Series hero for the St. Louis Cardinals spoke out against Proposition 1- Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance, saying it will allow men and boys who identify as females to have access to women’s and girl’s bathroom and locker room facilities. Or as one social media user put it, “how did this become a question?”

The ordinance is on the city’s Nov. 3 election ballot and is meant to protect access to public accommodations regardless of a person’s race, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or gender identity.

Berkman, who spent the majority of his career with the Houston Astros, took on the measure in a radio ad released Thursday by the Campaign for Houston, according to KPRC-TV.

“Vote no on Proposition 1. No men in women’s bathrooms. No boys in girls’ showers or locker rooms. I’m Lance Berkman. I played professional baseball for 15 years, but my family is more important. My wife and I have four daughters. Proposition 1 — the bathroom ordinance — would allow troubled men to enter women’s public bathrooms, showers and locker rooms. This would violate their privacy and put them in harm’s way. That’s just wrong. We must prevent this potential danger by closing women’s restrooms to men rather than waiting for a crime to happen. Under Proposition 1, if restaurants, businesses and sports facilities don’t allow a man into a women’s restroom, they would be subject to penalties and fines. This proposed ordinance says that it will stop discrimination. But in reality it discriminates against people who believe, like me, that members of the opposite sex should not be forced to share restrooms or locker rooms. Join me to stop the violation of women’s privacy and discrimination against women. Vote no on Proposition 1. No men in women’s bathrooms. No boys in girls’ showers or locker rooms.”

The “troubled men” part of his ad got the ire of many but Berkman defended it to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch explaining he didn’t mean the comment towards men who identify as women.

“That terminology didn’t apply to transgender,” he said “I reserve the right to have my opinion. But I don’t think there is anybody in America that wouldn’t think a child molester is troubled. That language refers to that scenario or a voyeur – somebody who goes into a women’s bathroom and just likes to look at people. That to me is troubled. … To me, you’re introducing tremendous risk for a very little reward. It’s not like we’re preventing somebody from voting or depriving of a basic right that we in America consider your basic freedoms. We’re talking about just, hey, if you’re a guy go to the bathroom in the guy’s bathroom and if you’re a girl go to the girl’s bathroom.”

It seems pretty simple but liberals often have trouble with common sense.

“I don’t say this to demean any segment of the population no matter how small,” he said. “You can pick at nits and say this is discriminating or that’s discrimination, but you drive yourself crazy and certainly I wouldn’t want to be painted or perceived as a guy that is discriminating against any member of our population.”

Social media crusaders didn’t care about his explanation. They just went on the attack.

Many others, however, stood with Berkman and for common sense.

Carmine Sabia

Carmine Sabia

Carmine Sabia Jr started his own professional wrestling business at age 18 and went on to become a real estate investor. Currently he is a pundit who covers political news and current events.
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117 thoughts on “MLB star takes heat to keep men out of girls’ locker rooms; ‘how did this become a question?’

  1. curmudgeon VN Veteran says:

    Lance Berkman, always a class act. Keith Olberpuke never classy.

  2. Jim Hasak says:

    It’s not about rights. It’s about perversion and promiscuity.

  3. Steve says:

    The question now is does Lance back down or stand his ground? He/we must stand our ground if we want change. How the hell will we ever change things if we keep apologizing?
    Like Trump. Our new slogan is “Never Ever Apologize! The heck with offending 2 % of twisted population. This is such a non issue. PC run mad. We can stop it.

    1. "The Eastern Diamondback" says:

      ABSOLUTELY!

  4. bill says:

    Transgender people are mentally ill, no different from a pedophile………screwed up in the head.

    1. Rip Rogers says:

      They hope the surgery will make them feel better and it does not. Their soul is broken.

  5. What_no_change??? says:

    Let’s see…how will this play out in High Schools…Almost every teenage boy will claim a gender identity problem…Better double up on the soap in the girls locker room. Let’s also go to all the spa’s, gyms YMCA, YWCA’s and potentially open the doors to every pervert in the surrounding area. For sex offenders this really is a proposition, it is essentially ringing the all clear bell…or maybe if passed I’m sure they will put up a sign in every locker room and bathroom “Pervert and Rapist Free Zone”. I’m sure that will work. That will keep the women safe…

  6. jimshaw54 says:

    If you have boy “plumbing” you go into the Men’s bathroom and shower room where, incidentally the facilities are better suited to male plumbing.. If you have girl “plumbing” you go into the Women’s bathroom and shower room. If you allow males to use women’s facilities, and vice versa, sooner or later you are bound to get some people with less than honest intent to use this law as an excuse to molest people of the opposite sex. If you want to solve the problem, then have a transgender bathroom available just as they now have “family” bathrooms.
    I know that, even as an adult, I would not feel comfortable having someone with the “plumbing” of the opposite sex in the bathroom, much less the shower room, that I am using. As an adult I can’t even imagine how a child (especially a teenager) would feel having someone of the opposite sex taking a shower and dressing and undressing along side of me.

    1. "The Eastern Diamondback" says:

      I can! The boys will love it! The girls will be so embarrassed it’s not even cute!

      It will be a breeding ground for lawsuits, sex, rape, pregnancy, school teacher problems,.sexual deviancy and violence.

  7. Jane Graham says:

    Idiot phobia I do have!!! These people wanting men and boys in their girls locker rooms and bathrooms are not smart!!! What is wrong with people? Use common sense!

  8. Pam says:

    I agree with the one twitter comment. “How did this ever get to be a question?”. I saw where a junior high was going to let a “transgender” use the girls bathroom. My first thought was, how many of the 12 & 13 year old boys out there wouldn’t be willing to put on a skirt for a chance to get into the girls bathroom? Second thought was how can these PC idiots be so STUPID?

    1. OPAS says:

      There is no problem from; ” how can these PC idiots be so STUPID?”. The “PROBLEM” is, “how can ‘we’ be so STUPID as to “cave” to these PC idiots ?

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  10. handsoff1944 says:

    The
    Right to Privacy has been established by SCOTUS as a constitutional
    right in at least 2 cases, since the 70’s. I claim my right to privacy.
    Genetic females get to have privacy in facilities from genetic males,
    castrated, altered, disguised or not. Also, genetic females, surgically altered to appear male, do not get to violate the privacy of males. This is NOT a legal issue.
    Constitutional right trumps all such “discrimination issues. Houston’s
    prop 1 violates the right to privacy and discriminates against gender.

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