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Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

Posted on: May 17, 2011 12:52 pm
 
Charles Barkley says that every NBA player has played with gay teammates. Posted by Ben Golliver. charles-barkley

On Sunday, we noted that Phoenix Suns president Rick Welts revealed to the New York Times that he is a homosexual, becoming the first prominent male professional sports team executive to do so. 

In the article, Welts stated: "This is one of the last industries where the subject is off limits. Nobody’s comfortable in engaging in a conversation.”

One person who is comfortable engaging in every conversation is TNT broadcaster and NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley. The Washington Post reports that Barkley says that he played alongside gay players and that he believes the NBA is more ready for a current player to follow Welts' lead and come out than most people think.
“First of all, every player has played with gay guys. It bothers me when I hear these reporters and jocks get on TV and say, ‘Oh, no guy can come out in a team sport. These guys would go crazy.’ First of all, quit telling me what I think. I’d rather have a gay guy who can play than a straight guy who can’t play.”

“Any professional athlete who gets on TV or radio and says he never played with a gay guy is a stone-freakin’ idiot,” Barkley said. “I would even say the same thing in college. Every college player, every pro player in any sport has probably played with a gay person."

Also weary of the perception that a majority of straight male athletes are intensely homophobic, Barkley said gay players pose no problem, adding, “Man, we need to outlaw guys who suck at sports.”
Although delivered unconventionally as always, Barkley's point stands. Talent is always going to be the most important determining factor in a highly competitive field like professional sports. That homosexual players have, to this point, chosen the lesser of two evils by remaining anonymous makes sense. That's how it's always been.

But does it feel like we're turning a corner here? Barkley's honesty is important and the support shown to Welts by other media members, including Bill Simmons, helps frame his decision to come forward as an important milestone on a longer path towards acknowledged, public equality.

Does public support for Welts and honest conversation about the life he was living make it easier for a current player to step forward? One would think so.
Category: NBA
Comments

Since: May 3, 2011
Posted on: May 17, 2011 1:23 pm
 

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

Barkley brutally honest as usual...........and correct in stating what should be said and others are afraid to say.........no filter on Charles but he says what he feels and danm the critics........high five to the former "Round Mound of Rebound"



Since: Sep 6, 2009
Posted on: May 17, 2011 1:22 pm
 

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

Interesting propaganda...



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: May 17, 2011 1:20 pm
 

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

 
“Man, we need to outlaw guys who suck at sports.”
Thank you Mr. Barkley.  That quote alone totally made my day.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: May 17, 2011 1:20 pm
 

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

I don't know I'm asking who is the greatest gay player in team sports not including soccer?



Since: Jan 25, 2009
Posted on: May 17, 2011 1:17 pm
 

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

Even though I dont agree with everything Sir Charles says, he's definitely 100% correct when he says that every pro and college athlete has played alongside a homosexual at some point.
Unfortunately, even though Barkley's opinion shows an unexpected level of enlightenment, I still think that a LOT of pro athletes are still homophobic and would react unfavorably, especially to players who were not stars or at least starting-caliber players. While it might not be anything done publically, I can imagine it would be problematic in the locker room. 
Take football for example. If the All-Pro running back or QB is gay, NOTHING will happen to that guy because he is so critical to the teams success. But I imagine there would be a LOT less tolerance shown to a 3rd string wide receiver or DB who rarely plays. I dont mean to single out football players- I think this is true in ANY major sport. The mop-up reliever, the 4th line winger or the 12th man to reach the court would ALL be more susceptible to ostracism and harassment.



Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: May 17, 2011 1:17 pm
 

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

Chuck is probably right.  I found out one of my best high school team mates was gay.  I never would have suspected.  Same thing in the military where trust is paramount.  I can tell you that when you have to depend on someone to have your back then it doesnt really matter what they do in their recreational time.  This particular person never came out and told me even though i really didnt care but I cannot think of anyone better to have my back to get something done.  For the life of me I cant figure out why gay people threaten straight people.  They cant cast a spell over you and make you do something you dont want to do.



Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: May 17, 2011 1:11 pm
 

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

lol....I agree with Charles...I think for the first time ever.



Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: May 17, 2011 1:11 pm
 

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

who cares if they are gay, just look at some of the espn so called reporters, makesm you wonder there




Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: May 17, 2011 1:08 pm
 

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

Gay, straight, black, white, yellow, blue whatever.  if you can play you can play.  right on Charles!!!



Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: May 17, 2011 1:07 pm
 

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

If you've ever wondered why we hear so much homosexual propaganda today, google this:

Tactics of the Homosexual Movement 1987 "Overhauling Straight America" Detailed Strategy for public acceptance of Homosexuals




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