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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: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: May 19, 2011 7:28 am
 

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

I agree with ! With all the hatred and bigotry that goes with the stigma of being gay, no one in their right mind would "decide" to become gay !



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: May 19, 2011 7:27 am
 

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

I'd play on a team with a gay guy as long as he could play ! What he does on his own time is his business ! Niow if a guy came out and said he was gay but couldn't play, I'd have a problem with that !



Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2011 9:35 pm
 

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

Hotcarl: I'm highly offended by the NBA sponsoring speech control with their agenda driven commercials.

People will always say things are gay or call someone gay as an insult, because homosexuality is unnatural and it disgusts a lot of normal people, who like the opposite sex. Guys can smoke all the pole they want, I support their right to do so. But trying to make homosexuality and heterosexuality a moral equivalent, is intellectually dishonest to anyone with a brain.

Politcal correctness is for fools that can't think for themselves and lack the ability to use rational thought and common sense."



"Unatural?" Really? So millions of gays and lesbians are actually heterosexuals who are forcing themselves to act in ways that actually disgust them? That makes a lot of sense.

So..er "hotcarl": How old were you when you chose to be straight? Oh? You say you didn't choose to be straight? Well guess what, Einstein.Neither do gays and lesbians. It wasn't a choice for you, me, or them.

To sum up, people with real common sense can (a) exercise it, and (b) know the difference between common-sense morality and political correctness.



Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 6:49 pm
 

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

  There seems to be only 2 sides to the 'gay' issue; OK with it or against it. I would like to add a third position. 'I couldn't care less'. I am not for it, against it, or anything else. Religious freaks will talk about 'man and woman together to procreate' but doesn't that then wipe out blow jobs, hand jobs, anal sex, masturbation, and just about anything else? Wouldn't that be against 'the so-called law'? What label do you put on people who aren't getting any sex at all? It all seems ridiculous to me.

  People are people and that's it. It has nothing to do with who sexes up whom. I don't know or care if someone is born gay or chooses to be. I sure as hell will not waste any time trying to figure it out. If I actually cared about someone's sexual choices, I would have to put so many things of greater concern ahead of it that it would still be negligible, like bestiality, rape, child molestation, brutal violence against children and women, murderers, starvation, wars, rigged stock markets, McDonald's forgetting my fries if I go through the drive-through, too many commercials during hockey, football, or baseball games, the designated hitter rule, showers that turn instantly hot or cold for a few seconds when you are in them, forgetting where my keys are, and socks that have no match. I could go on for a long, long time. Point is, I don't care and so shouldn't anyone else.

  Get a grip people, please. If Kobe were gay, would it make him less great? Did it make Alexander the Great less powerful? Pull your heads out of your azzes, it doesn't matter. Chances are that gay people don't want to have sex with you anyway, so don't worry about it. Gotta love Barkley, he tells it like it is.



Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: May 18, 2011 6:38 pm
 

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

"People don't choose what makes their loins feel happy, they react to it."

Their reaction to it need not, however, mean that they indulge it. We are not savage puppets. Those with homosexual attractions are bound renounce such abominable pleasures, to take up their cross, and to embrace a life of celibacy. Of course I realize that what I've just said is most offensive to those processed by today's fashionable neopaganism, along with the followers of the chic atheist apostles Dawkins, Hitchens, et al. So be it.



Since: May 10, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 5:48 pm
 

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

Ha well said



Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2011 5:43 pm
 

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

Exactly my point.  People don't choose what makes their loins feel happy, they react to it.




Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: May 18, 2011 4:50 pm
 

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

The pitiful gods of neopagan emptiness: Celebrities.



Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 3:36 pm
 

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

I'm highly offended by the NBA sponsoring speech control with their agenda driven commercials.

People will always say things are gay or call someone gay as an insult, because homosexuality is unnatural and it disgusts a lot of normal people, who like the opposite sex. Guys can smoke all the pole they want, I support their right to do so. But trying to make homosexuality and heterosexuality a moral equivalent, is intellectually dishonest to anyone with a brain.

Politcal correctness is for fools that can't think for themselves and lack the ability to use rational thought and common sense.



Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2011 2:22 pm
 

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

Barkley must be referring to Dan Majerle in his days with the Suns.


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