Ex-Braves pitching phenom (turned flame-out) John Rocker will appear in the newest season of CBS' long running reality competition "Survivor" -- and, yes, he's still talking about Sports Illustrated.
"I see these folks that I’m getting ready to play this game with as very similar to the 13 years of professional baseball that I played, and the teammates that I played with. Some of my biggest supporters after that SI debacle were my current and past teammates," Rocker told Entertainment Weekly about his upcoming "Survivor" stint.
That "SI debacle" Rocker refers to is an infamous magazine profile published in the last issue of Sports Illustrated in 1999, which quoted Rocker saying a number of sexist, racist and homophobic things. His career never recovered; neither did his pitching.
(Here's a fascinating reflection on that piece by its author, Jeff Pearlman, published earlier this year.)
Ledger-Enquirer reporter Chuck Williams did spot Rocker in Cooperstown, N.Y., during this year's Hall of Fame festivities. He was apparently signing memorabilia including "Speak English" T-shirts.
The new "Survivor" season, subtitled "San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water," will see Rocker compete alongside his girlfriend, Julie McGee.
It premieres on CBS on Sept. 24 at 8 p.m.