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Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

Posted on: May 17, 2011 12:52 pm
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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.
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Since: Jan 2, 2009
Posted on: May 17, 2011 10:29 pm
 

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

barkley is right. honestl who cares. i hate when the religious people who say it isnt natural. its just annoying and ignorant. im not pointing to anybody in particulr on this board but i have heard it before hear. let people do what they want as long as its not hurting anybod. in this case it doesnt.  Gays shouldnt be given less priveleges or more priveleges. just treat them the same as straights.




Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: May 17, 2011 10:29 pm
 

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

Nope, that one is all you Barkley.



Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: May 17, 2011 10:24 pm
 

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

there is no god. grow up. god, easter bunny, santa..  all the same thing



Since: Jan 23, 2011
Posted on: May 17, 2011 10:23 pm
 

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

 YOU KNOW HOW I KNOW YOUR GAY?

YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE TO ANNOUNCE IT TO THE WHOLE WORLD.




Since: Jan 23, 2011
Posted on: May 17, 2011 10:18 pm
 

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

WHY DOES SEXUAL ORIENTATION EVEN MATTER?  I DONT GOING AROUND SAYING IM STRAIGHT NOR DOES ANYONE CARE.  THAT GOES FOR EVERYONE.  JUST BE RESPECTFUL AND LOOK OUT FOR MANKIND.  WHO CARES THEIR SEXUAL PREFERENCE OR ATTRACTIONS.




Since: Jun 17, 2010
Posted on: May 17, 2011 10:07 pm
 

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

Now that was funny! Good job....no pun intended!



Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: May 17, 2011 9:56 pm
 

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

"Enter by the narrow gate.  For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." 

-Jesus Christ.



Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: May 17, 2011 9:55 pm
 

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

Another example of a stupid celebrity/sports figure telling us what we should think.  Does no one else understand our society has become so entertainment driven that we are basically drug addicts that just go around looking for the next entertainment fix(movies, tv, sports, etc).  We have so bought into the idea that entertainment is vital in our lives that we believe what celebrities and sports figures say(their opinions that lack any factual information).  We hear what they say so much now that we start to believe it.  The same goes for the media, what they say must be true.  If anyone has studied history they might know about yellow journalism.  Basically, newspapers, journalist, media in general, will say what sells, entertains, and pushes their agenda.  Even at the cost of starting war(it's happened).  I'm just saying, think and study for yourselves, listen to all arguments, and mostly stop letting entertainment be the "opiate of the masses." 

Chuck, go look at real statistical data instead of running your mouth and thinking smart people care.

STOP IDOLIZING CELEBRITIES AND SPORTS FIGURES AND EVEN POLITICIANS.  THE MEDIA IS PLAYING YOU.



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: May 17, 2011 9:48 pm
 

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

Man, we need to ban guy's that suck at sports? huh? ok Charles, you are banned from EVER playing golf again!!



Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: May 17, 2011 9:44 pm
 

Barkley: 'Every player has played with gay guys'

"you're entitled to your opinion but discriminating a person based on their sexual preference is the same as discriminating based on race or as you say, homosexuality is a choice, then based on someones favorite ice cream."

Wow. Straight out of the playbook. To see just how thoroughly you've been processed, google for this immediately:

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


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