As the trend of digging up old social media posts from sports figures continues, Boston Red Sox star J.D. Martinez was unapologetic about a controversial post he had in 2013 in support of the Second Amendment, according to the New York Post.
Martinez was asked about the post Tuesday, an Instagram post that used a quote portrayed as being from Adolf Hitler to support gun rights.
The post showed a picture of Hitler, overlaid with the quote: "To conquer a nation, first disarm its citizens." Martinez added the caption, "This is why I always stay strapped! #TheTruth."
What did Martinez say about it?
Martinez seemed a bit frustrated with the increasingly frequent occurrence of athletes being questioned about old, controversial social media posts. He said he still believed in the point he was making at the time.
“I love my country. I stand by the Constitution and I stand by the Second Amendment,” Martinez told reporters. “It’s something I take pride in and it’s something I’ll back up.”
The Major League Baseball all-star also emphasized that people should be allowed to hold varying views.