'Big, pivotal moment:’ MLB player’s tweet decrying Hunter Biden laptop censorship goes viral
Preston Guilmet says he’s not worried about any retribution, urges more attention to Brittney Griner case and suggests NCAA rethink Lia Thomas situation.
A veteran professional baseball player says he has no regrets or cancel culture worries after his recent tweet defending former Trump press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and decrying Twitter’s 2020 election censorship of the Hunter Biden laptop went viral.
"You know, for me, it was just all about kind of that day back in 2020, when Kaylee's the press secretary of the United States, when her Twitter account got suspended and banned and she had her news stories taken down," Preston Guilmet told the "Just the News" TV show on Real America’s Voice.
"I mean, she's kind of the voice that helps us get to the President, and every press secretary is," he explained. "...It was just a big pivotal moment, I thought, that she was censored."
After The New York Times this month verified earlier reporting by Just the News and The New York Post that Hunter Biden’s laptop was authentic, Guilmet tweeted at McEnany to decry the past censorship of her 2020 tweet.
"Remember when you were press secretary and got banned by Twitter for posting a story about Hunter Biden laptop…" he wrote on March 18.
The tweet quickly caught fire, generating more than 20,000 retweets and likes.
Guilmet, 34, a pitcher, has played for several teams in Major League Baseball including Cleveland, Toronto, Baltimore and Florida during a decade-long career after starring in college at the University of Arizona. He’s currently looking for a new team to start 2022.
Asked whether he feared any cancel culture repercussions, Guilmet said he did not.
"I'm a free agent right now. So still actively looking for a job. But just where I'm at in my career, this wasn't necessarily something that I felt, you know, I needed to do or not to do, in order to keep my job as a baseball player," he said.
"It was just something that I thought of and thought, wow, I'd really like to see just a uniform playing field here when it comes to censorship. And that kind of involves no censorship, really," he explained.
During an extended interview on Friday, Guilmet also weighed in on Russia’s detainment of WNBA star player Brittney Griner, urging athletes in all sports to speak up more about it.
"The Brittney Griner thing, being held in Russia, you know, just love to see more attention to that across every sport platform," he said. "I'm pretty sure if LeBron (James) was held in Russia, everybody would know about it."
The pitcher also gave his opinions on the Lia Thomas controversy, in which a biological male swimmer who identifies as female competed and beat women swimmers all season long.
"Me personally, I support any adult to make any decisions they want to make with their body," he said. "However they live their life, I think that's your own choice. But when it comes to the sporting world, I really think the NCAA failed here. I don't think there's any two ways about it."
He cited the records Thomas set, the championships she won and the picture of her on the podium standing next to women he defeated.
"There's just a biological difference," he added. "So I think it's definitely something that needs to be addressed here with the NCAA and moving forward so everybody has an equal platform."
Guilmet also reacted to star shortstop Manny Machado seen wearing a Let’s Go Brandon t-shirt during spring training, saying MLB is a "big family" and has historically been pretty tolerant on politics.
"I don't think anyone should be censored for their political beliefs," he said. "I mean, Manny Machado is a great baseball player. You shouldn't care about his political beliefs nearly as much as you should care about what team he's on, or if he's playing against you or with you, and how he can help you win.
"I think that a lot of people nowadays have lost in conversation or lost the art of conversation and being able to discuss stuff and go back to being friends or go back to their normal day without letting it affect them," he said. "Politics seems to affect everybody deeply. And it's causing a huge divide right now between people."