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Chipper Jones proposes an alligator-based anti-illegal immigration solution

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Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones cheers from the dugout after Paul Janish hit a two-RBI single during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT


I figure there are a lot of substantially differing yet wholly legitimate views to have on immigration. But I’m not sure of any of the reasonable ones that match up with Chipper Jones’ “haha, wouldn’t it be funny if desperate people trying to cross the border were eaten by alligators” position:

Y’all think if they took all them gators they trap in Fla and La and put them in the Rio Grande, it wud stop the illegals from crossing? Jk

— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) June 8, 2013

The best part of this was his tweet just prior to that one was this exercise in a lack of self-awareness:

Man it’s hard to argue with ignorant, misinformed people! I guess that’s what the “block” button is for.

— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) June 8, 2013

Yesterday he offered this apology:

I realize that my tweet yest was offensive and distasteful. An attempt at humor was a terrible mistake. Please accept my heartfelt apology!

— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) June 9, 2013

Well, as long as it’s heartfelt I suppose we have no choice but to assume that Chipper Jones is a font of enlightenment and human empathy now.

Root for their baseball accomplishments all you want, folks, but never mistake good baseball players for good people without evidence to back it up.