Retired MLB-er Chipper Jones apologizes for ‘offensive and distasteful’ illegal immigration joke

This past Saturday, the former Atlanta Braves third baseman tweeted out what he intended to be a joke about illegal immigrants:

And quickly found himself in hot water:

Yesterday, Jones took to Twitter to apologize:

But was that the right move? Many people feel that his only crime was being politically incorrect in a world increasingly bent on political correctness and that he shouldn’t cave to pressure:

What do you think, Twitchy readers?

  • bringbackericthered

    Chipper was one of 2 players I grew up idolizing in baseball, too bad I was awful at it.
    If he was a “comedian” and made that joke it would be hilarious. It still is. It is what it is. A joke.

    • Jeremy

      liberals aren’t good at taking a joke.

      • tjack

        It’s not that they can’t take a joke it’s just that it must delivered by a liberal in order for it to be permissible.

        • Jeremy

          Yeah and it usually has to be some joke about Bush

          • Huh

            I still don’t understand how it’s racist. Illegal immigrants come in all races!

            But when you boil it down, the La Raza radicals believe that border security, as a concept, is racist. These are the types of people that Sen. Rubio and Sen. Kelly Ayotte are now in bed with.

          • Paul

            La Raza lectures us gueros about racism. ah, the irony.

          • KansasGirl

            Or “white trash rednecks”.
            Whitey is the only race that people are allowed to say anything they wish.
            Look no further than Justice Cerati’s tweets.
            He not only hates whites, he wants us dead.

          • joshua

            that is a totally RACIST statement…shame

      • rinodino

        Rule one on a joke: You actually have to be funny

        • Jeremy

          You are so desperate. You never succeed at being funny but,you do succeed at being dumb.

          • rinodino

            Yet you come back for more???

          • Jeremy

            Yeah just keep digging that hole you are doing a good job so far.

          • rinodino

            I must have hit a nerve or something; you might want to put some ice on that

          • Jeremy

            You must get off on annoying people on here.

          • joshua

            qualifies one to become white house press secretary!!!

          • Zanshi

            Only dimwits (like yourself, for instance) believe you’ve struck a nerve. Oh, the fun I could have toying with you!

          • rinodino

            You might want to first try toying with that screen name of yours

          • ForTheRepublic

            I could have sworn I told you and Michal to come back when you actually had something constructive to say. If you insist on continually trolling these boards using the same old routine, you’re going to find yourself completely ignored by jut aabout everyone. Also, if you’re going to insult someone’s screen name, perhaps you should read your own. “rinodino”? That to me just screams “Look at MEEEEEEEE!”

          • rinodino

            Thank you for that PA, appreciate your concern, now please refer to mrizreal for my rebuttal

          • ForTheRepublic

            I’m afraid there is no “mrizreal” on this thread. That being said, I really couldn’t care less. you don’t offer rebuttals, only insults and hit-and-run falsehoods. As such, I’m afraid this will be the last you hear from me until you either:

            A.) Grow up

            or B.) Actually engage in a debate with another poster.

          • joshua

            what, you have a free hand now? mouse, lap, nose, mouth,….pretty busy

          • joshua

            Obama loves Reggie’s h…..and HE keeps diggin in it too

          • joshua

            like Reggie Love…..

        • TugboatPhil

          No, the joke has to be funny. You know, like completely ignoring the southern border and pretending that criminals and terrorists aren’t crossing all the time.

          Even funnier than that joke is making fun of people that want to stop the illegal entry into the country.

          Funniest of all? Your grandkids becoming paupers after illegals break the back of the government paying for their votes.

          • Paul

            paupers? nah, his grand daughter will do the nuevo laredo pony show to make ends meet.

          • joshua

            that is just uncalled for…you have taken the top of the sewer pile with that…..

        • jetch

          no, sorry you’re wrong. there are no rules to jokes. funny is for the listener to decide, not YOU alone.

        • joshua

          rule two, the audience has to be awake, alert, and with some sense of humor

      • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

        …And very few (if any) have a sense of humor.. #RightWard Jawamax 8<{D}

      • Elaine

        Unless THEY make the joke about conservatives, or Sarah Palin, etc. You get it.

      • Lorena Garcia

        This is one of the better jokes from a Republican I’ve heard.

        • Elaine

          You must be a Democrat then..

          • joshua

            another uninformed voter…

      • Damien Johnson

        Guess Tracy Morgan was wrong when he said “If you can take a …, you can take a joke.” Pretty sure that would apply to most liberals.

  • Jeremy

    I laughed at what he said and he shouldn’t have apologized.

    • twolaneflash

      Don’t apologize, Chipper. The invasion of illegals has degraded every single foundational American concept: national sovereignty, American citizenship, and the rule-of-law. Every institution at local and national levels has submitted to dual-languages, anti-American indoctrination, and pandering to the barbarians like the ancient Romans. The schools, hospitals, courts, prisons, highways, public parks, and everywhere else has a contingency of illegals jamming up the system, consuming space and resources, demanding special attention and status. Those of us who pay inflated bills to cover the costs of their presence resent the hell of it and the Government that has created the situation. Gee, if I didn’t know better, I’d think this destruction of The Republic was intentional.

      The last bastion of freedom is hanging by a very frayed thread.

  • Chip

    No one needs apologize for anything of the sort. A joke is a joke. I certainly don’t EVER hear anyone of “color” apologizing for saying something racist about white people.

    • twolaneflash

      Q: How many honkies does it take to whitewash the underside of Obama’s bus?

      A: It depends on how thin you spread ’em.

      Racism We much!

      • Chip

        The only white people under his bus are the ones he threw there.

        • twolaneflash

          Exactly. Like his “typical white person” grandma, the white cop who “acted stupidly”, Joe the Plumber, the four white guys in Benghazi…bumpity-bumpity-bumps-in-the-road!

          Racism We much!

          • joshua

            Tawana Brawley, Travon Martin, Al Sharpton, Eliza Cummins, John Lewis, THEY ALL BE DUMBER THAN STUMPS.

      • joshua

        Chicago has gotten rid of their German Shepard police dogs and replaced them ALL with Coonhounds. Seems that Chicago doesn’t have any problem with Germans.

  • Jeremy

    The fact that people got angry over this joke and called it racist shows how liberals always love to use the race card.

    • joshua

      it is the only card they HAVE

  • Lady 12

    Not only was it a good joke, it was a good idea.

    • Ben Bollman

      ^A thousand times this

  • Steve_J

    Sounds like a plan to me.

  • Jeremy
  • Right Wired

    Just fill the river with INS / ICE paperwork and forms. That’ll keep them away.

    • Jeremy

      ha ha yeah that would work.

  • Drivingtheview

    It was a joke. Who cares?? Non – US citizens trying to ‘ILLEGALLY’ immigrate into the US by crossing the Rio Grande are…. breaking the law. If they succeed, they are ‘ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.’ To clarify – ‘ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS’ by convenient definition have…. broken the law. People who are offended believe a flippant meaningless joke about people breaking United States Federal Law are racist?? Why I can’t I cross the Rio Grande into Mexico without being arrested? Does Mexico hate white people? Or does Mexico simply enforce existing law??

  • aegean1

    Sounds like a damn good plan to me. They’re criminals, we should make it harder for them to break our laws! I don’t care if they’re crossing the southern OR the northern border. Though I’m not sure what we’d do for the northern border…Penguins with frikkin’ lasers on their heads?

  • bidentime

    Just who the he11 does this Chipper Jones think he is, Joe Biden?

  • Jason Call

    Congratulations, tool. Now *nobody* respects you.

  • ernst1776

    The ignorant ones seem to be the one’s calling Chipper a racist. They’re all just looking for a reason to be insulted. Too bad he apologized.

    • Jeremy

      I can’t stand people who wait around and look to be offended.

      • Jason Call

        I take umbrage at that.

        • Jeremy


          There is a good example of wanting to be offended so badly so,they make up something in their minds about it.

          • Jason Call

            Yep. Sad. Mentally diseased paranoids. One time here on disqus and for the whole interweb: American blacks who are race-obsessed are feeble, diseased paranoids. Am I saying to get over it? Hmm. Let me think. Yep. GET OVER IT and learn to act like GROWN-UPS.

  • Dane Gunderson

    Now if he joked about feeding that “white hispanic” Zimmerman to a gator everyone would be LOL dude!

    • Jeremy

      Yeah they would have retweeted to all their other liberal buddies.

  • sigh

    Only racists I see there are the La Raza ones.

    • Jeremy

      Obama praises them big surprise.

  • Adela Wagner

    He said nothing about people who get in line to come here. Only at those breaking our laws. Maybe he is a Lawcist, hates those that break laws.

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    To:Larry (“Chipper”) Jones, Former Atlanta Brave:
    Despite the many times I’ve mocked you as a player (being a Yankees/Mets fan), I think you don’t have to apologize for the remark about putting Alligators in the Rio Grande…..In fact, I suggested it (either here or on Facebook) as part of a “Comprehensive Border Security Plan” a few months ago. If Illegal Immigration p!$$es you off (like me), SAY SOMETHING ABOUT IT! #RightWard Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Canadian in USA

    Problem is, they’ll just use the guns they got from Fast and Furious to kill those gators.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      “Why you shoot a Gator when you know he’s such a sight?”
      I said “I never met a hand-bag I didn’t like…”
      #TheLastChant #JimStafford #MusicTriviaTime
      #RightWard Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Markward

    As a descendant of a legal immigrant, I am none too happy with Mexico helping criminals violate the sovereignty of my home. It may be time for another punitive expedition for the country my family came from.

  • CO2 Producer

    Reptilists! Why do they hate innocent crocs and gators who only want better lives for themselves and their families? Besides, alligators already inhabit parts of the Rio Grande. It’s possible they were there before humans arrived. Did the haters ever think of that?

  • AtomicMug

    It’s a legitimate question.

  • digitalPimple

    The “Neo-Nazis” have really toned down their game if their message is now people should come in the country legally.

  • SansMercy

    Would the left yell racist if the joke were directed towards Canadians? “What if took all those gators and threw them in the great lakes to chew on them Canadians? Bahahahahaha!!!!” Actually both are pretty funny.

  • Kyle

    So it is racist to these people to joke about stopping people from breaking the law, but it is perfectly acceptable to suggest Jones is a racist hick who has sex with his cousin because he is from the south and goes by the name Chipper?

  • Stacey Farr

    I follow Chipper (as well as most Braves players); and I saw that tweet live. I LMAO and said “What a great idea…wish I’d have thought of that”. When I saw his apology tweet, I had no idea what it was for….now I know. People need to learn how to take a joke.

  • teamfrazzled

    So unless I think it’s wonderful illegals are flooding the country by the millions and insist like a brain dead liberal that we have no right to know who has entered or for what purpose -I’m a RAACIST? #Reason248IWillNeverBeALiberal

  • BoscoBolt

    What a stupid joke – Come on, everyone knows that gators can’t eat Mexican food – it gives them heartburn!

  • ★♥ Harriet Baldwin

    Gators should be wary of the radical Muslim extremists swimming across. They might have bombs strapped to their bodies.

  • Jimni27

    I honestly think liberals believe all immigrants come here illegally. It’s like they don’t know about the millions of people who wait years to do the paperwork and take pride in finally becoming a citizen, including Mexicans. How wanting to keep people out who don’t follow the rules is racist I will never know.

  • ClinkinKY

    If only Chipper Jones had a “stand up” act (even on amateur night at the local comedy club) or a late night talk show, he could claim “comedic immunity”. Everyone else is subject to the PC Police.

  • Mat

    last time I checked, illegal immigrants from Mexico aren’t white
    Americans. Am I wrong there? Are there other races that are illegally
    crossing the border into the United States? If so, we should probably
    know about those, too. If white Americans aren’t illegally crossing into the United States, then how is this racist?

  • Red Fred

    It is a valid questions though:)

  • Mamaelk09

    Im surprised there weren’t more environmentalists offended that he would even suggest taking alligators from their homes.

  • Ron

    God forbid you should joke about the truth. The next time ,just tell a joke about
    Any conservative and you will never get backlash. Do not ,Do NOT mention
    His majesties stepson Little 6″3″ Travon, or the cult will bring down the
    Wrath of God on you, even though they don’t know who that is.

  • Ben Bollman

    Illegal is not a race

  • Lorena Garcia

    Twitchy you have once again highlighted stupid people on both sides of the issue, bravo! If only that was the purpose of the site…

  • deano24

    I guess President Obama will have to issue an apology about his joke on having a moat & alligators in it when he was in El Paso,TX.

  • arrow2010

    Tombstone Pizza.

  • NickGranite

    Inferiority complexes in real time. The joke isn’t about you if you’re legal, hispanic or otherwise. Chipper is obviously against illegal immigration as it saps our treasury, and fills our jails and hospitals. Sorry, this is a nation of laws…or at least used to be before the left took over.

  • LinTaylor

    As an Atlantan, I think Chipper is awesome – always has been, always will be. Frankly, I’m more struck by the people crying racism, then saying that all Southerners are inbred Klansmen.

    Well, I’m also struck by the fact that you didn’t need an interpreter to translate those tweets. “Yickety” indeed.

  • deano24

    I guess President Obama will have to issue an apology after his joke about having a moat with alligators in it when he was in El Paso,TX.

  • Headshot556

    Chipper suggested a great idea! Deal with it you pc liberal scum!

  • dan1davis

    He shouldn’t make fun of them because they are from Mexico. He should make fun of them because they are liberal idiots. He’s still rich, still famous and still on his way to the Hall of Fame. Them, they’re about to find out, yet again, that amnesty for illegals will not happen. They’ll be screaming then, too, and Chipper will still be rich, famous and able to make jokes about reptiles on the border.

  • NeoKong

    Herman Cain made that joke dozens of times. I actually heard him say it in person in Austin once.

  • Torqued

    I think it’s a great idea. And I think people need to STOP apologizing for everything the libtard commies deem “offensive.” You offended? Tough feces, go urinate up a rope.

  • Zathras11 @B5

    Liberals are the most tolerant people on Earth. Jk

  • mickeyco

    i thought it was funny & see no reason for an apology.

  • porgiefirefighter

    It is so crazy when the pushbacks against Jones’s questionable humor are more mean spirited, offensive, racist, and immature than the original joke ever was.

  • sodakhic

    C’mon Chipper, stand your ground. Oh by the way, let’s add mine fields from El Paso to San Diego.

  • M F Scotto

    Justice Cerati ‘s tweets are violent and extremely racist. Leftists don’t understand their own blind hate and inherent racism.

  • ✞Dave✡

    Liberals believe they came from monkeys. Their sense of humor and intellect are that of an animal. Ignore them.
    Chipper, I thought it was funny.

  • brando

    Chipper is one of the classiest players in MLB in the last 20 years. Him and Jeter.He doesn’t need to apologize to anyone, especially some politically correct liberal buffoons.

  • Paul

    how is what he said racist?

    • brando

      Because they’re liberals. Race card using liberals.

  • Jack

    not defending moron chipper…but it just seems that only whitey gets whacked for saying racist things. I think the time is now to hold all accountable for saying racist things, not just the white man.

  • mapache

    Hey Chipper, I thought it was funny. Actually, it would keep Americans in the country trying to escape NSA spying.

  • o0Nighthawk0o

    His idea was better than anything coming from our so-called government for border security.

    • Roto

      Napolitano released illegal immigrants “due to the sequester.” Gators sound cost-effective to me :-)

  • Roto

    Note to Chipper: Don’t dare joke about ppl breaking Fed. law. Libs will call u racist.

  • gregl311

    The guy that tweeted Chipper was a disgrace as a player obviously knows nothing about baseball. Chipper is one of the greatest third basemen ever and my favorite player. He played through so many injuries. He genuinely loves the game unlike a lot of players today just doing it for the money. I’m sure Chipper has a PR person that told him he needed to apologize. Even though he is retired, he is still the face of the franchise. Personally, I thought his tweet was humorous and a good idea.

  • Jay Stevens

    I also don’t think he should have apologized. On the other hand, it was a real apology, not one of those weaselly, liberal apologies: “I apologize if anyone was offended.”

  • joshua

    actually, it would reduce the gator population….ever wonder what they put into chilimeat down south?

  • Brian N.

    Where’s the racism? For all we know, there could be Irish people swimming across.

  • joshua

    Heck, I thought the POTUS was married to a gator.

  • Guest

    Chipper should have realized our society has become to hypersensitive for jokes.

  • LegalizeShemp

    Nah Chipper, that wouldnt’ work, they do a dry crossing in AZ or CA where they are greeted by liberals with border maps, ice cold drinking water, and instructions on how to sign up for welfare, healthcare and freebies in the US, as long as they vote for Demonrats.

  • LegalizeShemp

    Chipper, you forgot to label your remarks, “satire, ironic comedy or entertainment”. If you had, you’d be able to say anything to anybody, like Bill Maher, Kathy Griffin, and the rest of the left wing comedians do. They hide their political invective behind the “it’s satire, lighten up” safe haven.

  • LegalizeShemp

    “Wow, that’s a pretty insensitive remark to be made by an Atlanta Brave!” Sincerely, John Rocker

  • TheOriginalDonald

    Maybe LARRY should have asked his boy John Rocker if that was funny.

  • Rich

    I didn’t know Mexicans were a race.

  • Rich

    How did he know gaters like Mexican food? No I’m not a racist.That was an ethnic joke.

  • Damien Johnson

    What a shame. Just because the illegals happen to be hispanic, it’s a racist joke? If they were white, black, red, german, blue whatever and they’re in this country illegally, they’re still illegal.