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I guess the United States isn’t the only country that shies away from athletes acknowledging they are gay… unless of course, it is a woman. However, the powers that be in charge of Japanese baseball—specifically the Nippon Ham Fighters (fitting mascot)—may be reconsidering their stance by welcoming back Kazuhito Tadano.

In case you aren’t aware, Tadano was banned from playing in the Japanese leagues because of some, um, minor indiscretions while he was in college. Saying he needed the money, Tadano appeared in a gay adult film, a fact that no doubt shamed the more traditional Japanese baseball owners. Now it seems the Ham Fighters are in need of Tadano’s talent—his BASEBALL talent—and he has been asked to join the team… but not before he issued an “apology” saying he is indeed playing for the home team and that he used bad judgment in the past.

Queerty.com has more of Tadano’s statement, while making good use of a “Hello Kitty” image:

“I did participate in a video and I regret it very much. It was a one-time incident that showed bad judgment and will never be repeated. I was young, playing baseball, and going to college and my teammates and I needed money.”

Isn’t the “I needed the money” excuse the same one they* all use?

*they being those trying to keep their second life on the down-low?