Rays pitching prospect Heath Rollins was one of the surprise performers during Spring Training. He was one of the final cuts and was considered a contender for the final bullpen spot that eventually went to Mike Ekstrom.
In hindsight, maybe that was a good thing for Rollins. Because if he was in the big leagues, his Facebook page might soon become a very big story. We have no idea what prompted the following status update this morning, but his choice of words was questionable at best…
“Heath Rollins is a fag”
Of course, this could be high schoolish prank being played by a roommate or friend. If that is the case, this accentuates the dangers of athletes keeping Facebook pages or Twitter accounts. It is still Rollins’ page and it is his responsibility.
If this was Rollins own doing, we will probably never hear an apology from Rollins. The Rays, in their typical fashion, will likely talk to Rollins privately, while publicly, they will pretend like it never happened.
Rollins, the Rays 11th round pick in 2006, has made 3 appearances for Durham this year, allowing 7 runs (4 earned) in 6 innings.