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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did even two or three years ago, as the latest rumor or gossip of the day is always pressing fast to make today's news outdated.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. 


Since: Dec 24, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:37 am

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

So, it's OK to move on from the Magic Johnson "blood on the court" days, now?  I remember it well.  The HIV/AIDS scare that blood, sweat and siliva could transmit the disease that brought Magics career to an end.     So if someone is HIVphobic would there be a players Union grievence?           The statistics are staggering in the Male-to-Male catagory:     
 Over half (63%) of adult and adolescent males living with an HIV diagnosis in 2008 became infected through male-to-male sexual contact, around 17% of those diagnosed were infected through injecting drug use and 12% through heterosexual contact.
 So, doe an NBA Player have a legitimate gripe?  

Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:20 am

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

Oh, while I'm here... can we stop calling gay people "gay".  Wouldn't that be a slur since... they may (or may not) be happy.  Just call them homosexuals and you are in the clear.

Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:17 am

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

Steve Nash dropped the soap and gets credit for the assist.  Ewwwwwwww.

Since: Sep 6, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:06 am

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

i thought that it was just me who thought that Bosh was gay!

Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 12:59 am

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

Bosh just announced he isn't quite gay, but more bi-curious.  He said his nerves are getting to him and he needs to have some release.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 12:51 am

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

So what is Chris Bosh waiting for?

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