Aubrey Huff, a former baseball player on the San Francisco Giants 2010 World Series winning club – disinvited from a reunion over inflammatory tweets – used the social media to falsely say pedophilia is considered a legal disability in Greece.
Others tweeted the same, based on 2012 stories but the site Snopes, which checks facts to debunk fake stories, said it was wrongly based on long-since discredited stories, with Huff not saying why he resurrected it.
He tweeted inaccurately that, “In Greece, pedophilia is classified a 'disability” that qualifies for government entitlements,” widely retweeted by people who believed that and calling for intervention from Christ.
Snopes, saying that, “Pedophilia is not classified as a disability in Greece,” wrote that he was referring to a proposal by a former New Democracy government in 2012 to expand the list of disabilities to include various behavioral disorders, such as gambling pyromania and pedophilia.
The site added the classification adding pedophilia, after widespread outrage, was removed from the disability list within a few months but in today's world where conspiracy theories spread on the Internet it has come back with a flourish, if wrongly.
Writing for the site, Dan Evon added Greece's National Confederation of Persons with Disabilities said while pedophilia was included in a “draft list” of disabilities, it was never officially added to the list.
“It should also be noted that pedophilia is illegal in Greece,” he added, where the age of consent is 15.
The story gets more bizarre, arising from another weird claim that it includes actor Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, the two recently becoming naturalized citizens of Greece where they summer on Antiparos.
Hanks and other celebrities have wrongly been accused of a crazy conspiracy theory pushed by the QAnon believers that a child sex trafficking ring was operated out of the basement of a pizza parlor in Washington, D.C. – the restaurant doesn't have a cellar.
When Hanks and Wilson got naturalized Greek citizenship in July, “conspiracy theorists started to claim without evidence that Hanks made this decision to 'escape' the law,” ignoring the couple routinely summer in Greece and return to the U.S.
The Giants, apparently recognizing that Huff is way out there, wrote that he won't be coming to the reunion because of “multiple comments on social media that are unacceptable and run counter to the values of our organization,” ESPN said.
In January, he posted a since-deleted tweet about kidnapping Iranian women so "we can bring them back here as they fan us and feed us grapes." He later tweeted that his post was a joke.
"Quite frankly, shocked. Disappointed. If it wasn't for me, they wouldn't be having a reunion," Huff told The Athletic about the Giants' decision. "But if they want to stick with their politically correct, progressive bulls—, that's fine,” he added.