Two-time World Series champion and outspoken Trump supporter Aubrey Huff has drawn widespread outrage after he shared a homophobic tweet attacking Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James.
“Young men this is not how a man is supposed to dress,” Huff tweeted on Sunday, along with a photo of LeBron modeling a handbag during a fashion show. “Carrying a purse is not cool. I suppose dressing like this makes it easier to kneel. #emasculated”
— Aubrey Huff (@aubrey_huff) August 2, 2020
Huff, who retired after the 2012 season, was a key player on the championship team, playing first base and the outfield. Now 43, he spent the last three seasons of his 13-year career with the Giants, and he appeared in 157 games and hit .290 with 26 homers and 86 RBI in 2010.
In November, Huff drew attention for a tweet that showed an image of a shooting target riddled with bullet holes. “Getting my boys trained up on how to use a gun in the unlikely event @BernieSanders beats @realDonaldTrump in 2020,” he wrote. “In which case knowing how to effectively use a gun under socialism will be a must. By the way most the head shots were theirs.”
Citing what the San Francisco Giants said were “unacceptable” social media comments that “run counter to the values of our organization,” the team announced in February its decision to not invite Huff to a reunion of its 2010 World Series champions scheduled for this summer.
“Earlier this month, we reached out to Aubrey Huff to let him know that he will not be included in the upcoming 2010 World Series Championship reunion,” the Giants said in a statement. “Aubrey has made multiple comments on social media that are unacceptable and run counter to the values of our organization. While we appreciate the many contributions that Aubrey made to the 2010 championship season, we stand by our decision.”
In his Twitter bio, he describes himself as “a critically acclaimed stick figure artist, who’s politically incorrect. Love God, Country, & support toxic masculinity!” It was one of those drawings that drew criticism in January when he tweeted a drawing that he later said was a joke about Iranian women. “Let’s get a flight over and kidnap about 10 each. We can bring them back here as they fan us and feed us grapes, amongst other things …” He added a stick-figure drawing of himself and three women, one of whom was fanning Huff. Another was feeding him grapes and the third rubbing his foot beneath a caption over the head of one woman that said, “Oh, thank you Mr. Huff from [sic] saving us from the hell in Iran! We will be forever grateful!”
Many Twitter users noted that Aubrey wore his wife’s red thong as a good luck charm.
Didn’t you wear a red thong under your uniform? https://t.co/Op0kudzyiD
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) August 2, 2020
Aubrey Huff: “Young men, this is not how you’re supposed to dress.”
— David Blattman (@davidblattman) August 2, 2020
Young men this is not how a man is supposed to behave. Leaving your family is not cool. I suppose gambling till 4 or 5 in the morning makes it easier to stand up for the anthem though. https://t.co/QLZYraixUx pic.twitter.com/hJRu0q5pB6
— Revolución Mexicana (@RevolucinMexic3) August 2, 2020
“a man” also shouldn’t be worryin about what other men be doing https://t.co/TpD3VGzJmm
— blm brando (@brandopvpi) August 2, 2020
For someone who claims to be “straight” and “manly”, you sure do put a lot of time and attention into the way other men are dressed. https://t.co/0pTKnogs2z
— chris evans (@notcapnamerica) August 2, 2020