John Rocker won't get any support from Derek Jeter. In fact, the Yankees shortstop says he has nothing to say to him.
"I wouldn't sit in the same room with him," Jeter told the New York Post. "I wouldn't sit with someone who's a racist. He says he's not a racist, but he makes racist comments."
The Braves' closer told Sports Illustrated he would never play for a New York team because he didn't want to ride a train "next to some queer with AIDS." He also said, "I'm not a very big fan of foreigners. . . . How the hell did they get in this country?" and he called a black teammate a "fat monkey."
"It was ridiculous," said Jeter, whose father is black and mother is Irish. "That's the good thing about New York . . . the fact that there are people of different races and nationalities and religions.
"I guess we were just brought up differently."
HARPER HIRED: Tommy Harper, the former Boston player and coach who complained about a racial incident during the team's 1985 spring training and was fired after the season, was hired Wednesday for a second stint on the Red Sox coaching staff, working primarily with the outfielders and on baserunning.