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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

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 12:13 am

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

I don't get it with people nowadays. Telling the whole world about your sexuality preference is suppose to do what? If you are gay or you are straight, what has that got to do with me? Do you think I care? No. Nobody that is living in the 21st century don't give a flying crap about if you are gay or not. Are we suppose to treat gay people extra special now or something? Quit living in the 80s.

Since: Jan 2, 2009
Posted on: May 17, 2011 11:44 pm

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

just because some hateful book with mythical stories who nobody knows who wrote it says gays are wrong doesnt mean its true. go ahead religious nuts, keep praying to your imaginary friend and be a jerk to everyone else. see how far it gets you. nowhere.

Since: May 19, 2009
Posted on: May 17, 2011 11:28 pm

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

How many times do we see the haters are just plain scared of their own homosexuality?
If you hate a lot, you probably need to figure out as to why you are so afraid. Visit the Republican side of the US senate and I am sure that you can find a self hate, sorry ,help group.

Since: May 19, 2009
Posted on: May 17, 2011 11:19 pm

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

Ignorant and just stupid.

Since: Dec 22, 2010
Posted on: May 17, 2011 11:06 pm

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

 Everyone know that "Played with" and "Played with" are two different things!!

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: May 17, 2011 10:44 pm

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

You need to take a chill pill dude.

This is about SPORT and not about God and your lame duck ass comments reflecting\
on insecurity and homophobia. This is 2011 dude.
Wake up or leave the site to commentary that reflects on the realities of life.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: May 17, 2011 10:41 pm

Barkley: 'gay guys'

The Oxford English Dictionary defines both heterosexuality and homosexuality - along with bi-sexuality, polysexuality, and all the other various and sundry forms.

little ceasars
Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: May 17, 2011 10:38 pm
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Since: Jul 7, 2008
Posted on: May 17, 2011 10:37 pm

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

You seem to be very familiar with this movement. As well as your very descriptive diatribe about whiskers scratching testicles and everyone being naked. Are you OK bro? It's OK if you are gay you know. Stop hating yourself. It's OK.

Since: May 4, 2009
Posted on: May 17, 2011 10:33 pm

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

Homosexuality is defined by sex.  Heterosexuality is defined by God.  Homosexuality cannot be defined by children.  It cannot be defined by marriage.  It is defined by a perverted sexual act.  May the love and mercy of God shine like a rainbow on our troubled brothers and sisters struggling with sexual addiction and perversion.  In addition, "gay" is a word employed by the homosexual movement to make light of this terrible disease.  Yes, it is a disease of the mind and soul.  Curable though.  Fire me.  Throw me in prison.  The truth will not be quieted. 

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