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Steve Nash: A gay NBA player would be no big deal

Posted on: May 29, 2011 12:34 am
Edited on: May 30, 2011 7:15 am
 
Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash says it wouldn't be a big deal if an NBA player revealed himself to be gay. Posted by Ben Golliver. steve-nash

No question about it: The Phoenix Suns have been at the forefront of advocating tolerance toward and acceptance of homosexuals in the past month.

Suns forwards Grant Hill and Jared Dudley released a public service announcement warning kids against using the word "gay" in a negative way. Suns guard Steve Nash issued a video testimony in favor of a New York gay marriage proposition. And, of course, Suns president Rick Welts revealed that he was gay, becoming the first male major professional sports executive to do so, saying that he hoped to serve as an example for younger people.

In an interview with The New York Times on Saturday, Nash was asked directly whether the NBA is ready for an openly gay active player.
If a player in the locker room came out, it would come and go quickly, too. I really don’t think it’s a big issue anymore. I think it would be surprisingly accepted, and a shorter shelf life than maybe we would imagine. I think the time has come when it should happen soon. I think it will be something that won’t take on this life of its own. It won’t be the O. J. trial.
Nash's comments are similar to those made recently by commentator and Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, who said that every NBA player has played with gay teammates and that he cares far more about a player's ability level than a player's sexuality.  

Is Nash correct in his analysis?

There is definitely some logic to the "shorter shelf life" line of thinking. Controversies and hot button issues seem to come and go must faster these days than they did even two or three years ago, as the latest rumor or gossip of the day is always pressing fast to make today's news outdated.

It's impossible to know if Nash has accurately gauged the tolerance of the NBA climate until a player does come out. But his honest and straightforward comments, which read as accepting and understanding, only help break the taboo of what has long been seen as a dicey or uncomfortable situation. 

Comments

Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2011 10:47 am
 

Steve Nash: A gay NBA player would be no big deal

When will a real man step up and say? "Although we do not hate them by any means and they are our brothers it is for this reason we must say " It would be in their better interest to stop such unprincipled actions and seek treatment in any mental heath facility  that still realizes homosexuality is a mental illness at best and spritual possesion at worst. " To all our brothers inflicted with a weakness for promiscuity lets not have a double standard.  Loose heteral sex is an equally horrible standard and you will surly regret that behavior as well.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 10:34 am
 

Steve Nash: A gay NBA player would be no big deal

maybe administrator is a domer. (notre who)



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2011 10:34 am
 

Steve Nash: A gay NBA player would be no big deal

That's one way to get those idiots from the Westboro Baptist Church into the arena.



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 10:33 am
 

Steve Nash: A gay NBA player would be no big deal

This is gay



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 10:28 am
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Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 9:59 am
 

Steve Nash: A gay NBA player would be no big deal

I dont think it would matter to the players or the coaches if a guy comes out about being gay, but to the fans in the crowd, it will only become more firepower for them to use when the guy is on the court. I think the NBA should look into keeping the fans comments a little more in check than what the players think. I know-I paid good money and I will say what I want-but you dont need to be a fool about it-you should be tossed if you get out of control.



Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2011 9:52 am
 

People are far too sensitive on this

Hey, why did my post get removed?  I did not insult anyone, call anyone names, or even give any opinion on homosexuality.  People below are being flat out vulgar and disrespectful and all I did was talk about the sensitivity of that word vs other words.  I've never had aything removed before...is it because someone 'reported' the post or something?



Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2011 9:48 am
 

Steve Nash: A gay NBA player would be no big deal

*so do

(I typed 'some do' somehow)



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Posted on: May 29, 2011 9:41 am
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