ATLANTA (AP) -- John Rocker's critics say there's only one response to the relief pitcher's ''hate-filled heart'' -- and it's not the psychological tests ordered by Major League Baseball.
They want the Atlanta Braves to get rid of him.
Rocker's comments about immigrants, minorities and gays were bigotry, not an off-the-cuff mistake or mental disorder, said Michael Langford, president of Atlanta's United Youth-Adult Conference.
''John Rocker is not crazy,'' he said. ''His hateful remarks are not a result of what is in his head but rather a result of a hate-filled heart.''
Langford said the psychological evaluation, ordered Thursday by baseball commissioner Bud Selig, is like ''treating a cancer with an aspirin.''
The New York Times reported in today's editions that a baseball executive said Rocker agreed to immediate psychological tests.
Rocker headed to Baltimore on Friday to meet with Dr. Joel Solomon and Dr. Robert Millman, consultants to baseball who have been mutually approved by the Major League Baseball Players Association and the Players Relations Committee, according to the newspaper.
''We will not tolerate the intolerance of this ignorant redneck from down-south Georgia,'' said the Rev. Gerald Durley of Concerned Black Clergy.
Braves third baseman Chipper Jones said he fears for Rocker's safety.
''I wouldn't want to be in the same county with him,'' Jones said Friday on Atlanta radio station WSB-AM.
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