Openly gay athletes by Jet Gardner
Below are two articles from a fellow blogcritics writer about openly gay athletes and an excerpt from each one.
The following quotes go to the heart of why gay athletes have trouble being honest with their teammates and why articles like this are necessary.
San Francisco 49ers running back Garrison Hearst: “Aww, hell no! I don’t want any faggots on my team. I know this might not be what people want to hear, but that’s a punk. I don’t want any faggots in this locker room.”
After NBA star center John Amaechi disclosed he was gay, NBA player Tim Hardaway said: “First of all I wouldn’t want him on my team. and second of all, if he was on my team I would really distance myself from him because I don’t think that’s right and I don’t think he should be in the locker room when we’re in the locker room. Something has to give. If you have 12 other ballplayers in your locker room that’s upset and can’t concentrate and always worried about him in the locker room or on the court or whatever, it’s going to be hard for your teammates to win and accept him as a teammate.”
After learning of Mark Bingham’s story (the gay rugby player who helped bring down Flight 93 before it hit the U.S. Capitol), I wondered what other sports pros, out of the approximately 4,000 active in the U.S., had the guts to face the inevitable judgment and fan hatred by coming out.
I was appalled to discover most had to wait until after their careers were over. There’s no doubt in my mind that in all corners of professional athletics from boxing to football, the ranks are full of gays. You’ve just never heard of them. This also includes the ranks of coaches, owners, or general managers.
- The Elephant in the room, homophobia is (womenshoopsblog.wordpress.com)
- Kobe Bryant vs. Openly Gay ex-NBA Player (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Waiting For The Gay Superstar [Gay Athletes] (deadspin.com)
Posted on June 17, 2011, in Fame Depot and tagged Changing room, Garrison Hearst, John Amaechi, Mark Bingham, National Basketball Association, Openly gay athletes, san francisco, San Francisco 49ers, Tim Hardaway. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.