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Podcast: Baseball, Cardinals react to harsh anti-gay locker room language

Former St. Louis Cardinals minor league player Tyler Dunnington opened up about being gay and hearing homophobia in the locker room. He helped renew a national conversation about language and discrimination.

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Former Minor League baseball player Tyler Dunnington opened up to Outsports about the last couple years of his life, which have included leaving baseball and coming out as a gay man. Those couple years also included hearing some pretty bad anti-gay comments from teammates in the St. Louis Cardinals organization and a coach while he was in college. The story renewed a national conversation about appropriate language for the locker room.

It also created a firestorm in St. Louis, pitting anti-gay people tired of hearing about homophobia against those who don't want discrimination of any kind in sports. In the middle have been the Cardinals, who say they are taking the report seriously. They've talked with Billy Bean of MLB on determining a best path forward.

We are joined by St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Benjamin Hochman, who wrote at length about the conversations that have erupted in the city's sports circles and beyond.