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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did even two or three years ago, as the latest rumor or gossip of the day is always pressing fast to make today's news outdated.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: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: May 30, 2011 10:57 am
 

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

@....I see your point but I think its 2 seperate issues.  You have on the one hand a persons lifestyle and the persecution they go through because of it.  On the other hand gay people see a chance to say "here I am deal with me as you would any other human being". (anyone that is gay speak up if I am wrong here)  If it was all about people just living their lives this would be a non issue.  I think gay people are trying to bring their situation to the forefront so people realize that gay people have a right to just live their lives as well.  Just because they are alerting the world at large doesnt mean they are forcing it in our face.  You can choose not to listen, change the channel, or ignore it.  Heres an example.  If women started a campaign to ban high heels would you just ignore them or would you get upset and raise your blood pressure protesting what they were about?



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: May 30, 2011 10:31 am
 

Steve Nash: A gay NBA player

Well, when I see 2 gay women..I think that's just 2 less guys they can aggravate..so, the same would apply to gay men and women thinking the same way.  Who cares really?  Does it even matter?  Drop it already and let's move on.  It's the players ability not sexual preferences that matter !!



Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: May 30, 2011 10:00 am
 

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

Sorry Jitpring...my comment was actually meant for montsho11...read the name wrong...he was replying to your comment...lety me post again....

@MONTSHOW11...If it is none of our business, then why does the gay community feel the need to come out and admit they are gay? Most people just want to go to work, go watch a movie, go watch a ballgame, etc. We don't need to be bombarded by information about who wants to come out of the closet. By making a public issue out of their homosexuality, they are making it our business by forcing it in our face. If they say it is none our business, then fine, let them keep their personal lives to themselves. 
 



Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: May 30, 2011 9:57 am
 

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

@Jitpring...If it is none of our business, then why does the gay community feel the need to come out and admit they are gay? Most people just want to go to work, go watch a movie, go watch a ballgame, etc. We don't need to be bombarded by information about who wants to come out of the closet. By making a public issue out of their homosexuality, they are making it our business by forcing it in our face. If they say it is none our business, then fine, let them keep their personal lives to themselves. 



Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: May 30, 2011 9:54 am
 

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

hmmm lets see pheonix resigns as an nba team starts the gnba the gay national basketball association with steve nash leading the charge



Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: May 30, 2011 9:50 am
 

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

think you may be gay ? lol



Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: May 30, 2011 8:56 am
 

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

When I get up in the morning, the first thing I think about is "how are gay people doing today". While at work, I'm always thinking "how are the gay employees doing". When eating dinner, I'm consumed with gay issues. Next, I watch the lineup of shows on ABC with a bevy of entertaining gay people. 



Since: Jun 22, 2007
Posted on: May 30, 2011 8:04 am
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Since: Nov 11, 2008
Posted on: May 30, 2011 7:56 am
 

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

Why do you assume that someone who is gay would look at you let along touch you?  Are you attracted to every woman you see?



Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: May 30, 2011 4:05 am
 

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

Let me ask a common sense question about the gay athlete or a gay people in general.  Shouldn't they have to change in their own locker room?  Should a male who dresses as a woman be able to use a woman's locker room?  Is there any difference between a gay male who is in the closet and a male who dresses, looks, and acts like a woman and who is also in the closet?  I'm telling you, if every one wants to be treated equal there is going to have to be a separate locker room for gay men and gay women.  I have no problem in saying that I wouldn't want to share a locker room with a gay man and no body should be forced to do so.  If you think that makes me a bad person or some kind of homophobe, then your a hypocrite and a moron.  To be honest knowing a person is homosexual and looking at me or touching me in a flirting or sexual way, is something I really don't like, and as an American I have the right to feel that way without being called a homophobe or some kind of hater.  Whenever something involves sex or sexual feelings, just like a woman can have feelings against a man, you as a man have the same rights to feel that way against a homosexual man.   I think in this day and age if your in a situation where your around men or women in a locker room setting and your a gay individual, you should come out and say that your gay just as a sign of respect and so you don't seem to be hiding it in order to take advantage or be involved in things you normally wouldn't be involved in, like showering around a bunch of non-gay men and women.

Seems to me men and women who aren't gay are always put on the spot or made to look like bad people if they choose to not be around gay individuals in certain situations.  If a man can't use certain facilities as a woman, then a gay man shouldn't be able to use the same facilities as a man.  Like I said, if everyone wants to be treated equal, then we better start making gay men and gay women's facilities so there is no problems at all. 



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