Billy Bean appreciates 'brave' Daniel Murphy's honesty

Billy Bean had his say Wednesday in response to Daniel Murphy.Bean, an openly gay former player and now Major League Baseball's ambassador for inclusion, said he appreciated Murphy being honest when the Mets second baseman said Tuesday he "disagreed" with Bean's lifestyle, citing his religious beliefs. MORE: Openly gay athletes | What next after Mets' dual controversies? | Syndergaard among impact rookiesWriting for .com, Bean also said he had "tremendous admiration and respect" for Murphy's dedication to his family. Bean also said Murphy was "brave" for publicly sharing his opinion with reporters and for saying he would try to build a working relationship with a gay teammate. "I respect him, and I want everyone to know that he was respectful of me. We have baseball in common, and for now, that might be the only thing. But it's a start," Bean wrote.Bean also made it clear that Murphy's comments won't deter him from trying to get players to see things from his side."Inclusion means everyone, plain and simple. Daniel is part of that group. A major league clubhouse is now one of the most diverse places in sports. It wasn't always that way, but we can thank No. 42 (Jackie Robinson) for that. So in his honor, wi

th a little patience, compassion and hard work, we'll get there."