A baseball umpire Billy Van Raaphorst was the target of a team manager Brent Bowers' anti-gay rant while on the diamond. This resulted in the manager losing his position.
In the words of Van Raaphorst, who is openly gay, "Today’s my first day speaking in front of any organization about myself, my sexuality, my family, my situation in professional baseball. "I’m proud of the way the Oilers have handled things, extremely proud. I wouldn’t be here if they hadn’t handled it the way they have. I want to thank them for that."