This spring's training among the Kansas City Royals Major League Baseball (MLB) players and coaches involves an unexpected and unusual seminar regarding the harmful impact of pornography and it is drawing mixed reactions from the public.
In early March, the team's general manager, Dayton Moore, enlisted key speakers from the anti-pornography and non-religious group Fight the New Drug to discuss the dangers of porn. The group cited in a post on its official Instagram that this was indeed a first for the MLB.
Reports revealed that the Royals organization planned the seminar following the arrest of pitcher Danny Duff in August last year for driving under the influence. Moore, who grew up as a Methodist and is now a Christian, commented in a press conference how this tied to pornography and domestic abuse, in answer to a reporter's question regarding handling the players' vices outside of the game.
"We talk about pornography, and the effects of what that does to the minds of players and the distractions, and how that leads to abuse of — domestic abuse — to abuse of women," the general manager said.
Moore's decision to let MLB players sit through an anti-pornography seminar earned criticisms. Porn actress Lisa Ann told Breitbart that the GM might be infringing on what players can do with their free time.
But the team's manager told USA Today Sports that he believes pornography can cause harm to a player's career and personal life. He stated he has sat down with a lot of young men, who would become husbands and fathers in the future, to discuss their obsession and struggles with porn. He believes he has the job to educate these men.
"Educating our players about the harmful effects of pornography is similar to the important of honoring women, respecting women and looking at them as human beings and not sexual objects," Moore said.
Moore did not intend to publicize the seminar until Fight the New Drug posted the photo on social media. The players and the coaches also did not protest nor walk out of the seminar. There were neither judgments nor pressure from the management, which wanted nothing else but to impart information to its players.