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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did even two or three years ago, as the latest rumor or gossip of the day is always pressing fast to make today's news outdated.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: May 9, 2010
Posted on: May 30, 2011 3:20 am

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

That is, criteria of the good!

Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: May 30, 2011 3:16 am

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

By the way, as shown below in my references to Plato, homosexuality can be rejected on purely natural grounds. That is, appeals to the supernatural - in a word, to God - need not be made. This is how, long before I became Catholic, I rejected homosexuality. I rejected it on Platonic grounds alone. I would urge you to read the passages I cited earlier in their context. They become even stronger.

At any rate, since homosexuality can be rejected on purely natural grounds, it's no accident that today's activist cognoscenti seek to do away with the very concepts of natural and unnatural. This attempted eradication takes many forms. For example, we're now told that any ideas of normality are illusory. "There's no normal," they instruct us. What they mean is that there's no natural. For to admit the natural is to open the door to the rejection of homosexuality on the ground of nature.

Today's widespread praise of the random is also symptomatic of this attack against nature. We've all heard this before, spoken in praise: "That was so random." As if randomness - that is, the unmooring from any natural ordering principle - were a good in itself. Chaos today has become a virtue. Such is the breakdown.

Need it even be said that today's dictatorship of relativism, of which most today are willing (if unconscious) subjects, is part of the modern attack against the natural? To deny objective reality is to deny any natural standards of right. Thus, according to today's radical subjectivity, consent, pleasure, and choice become the sole criterion of the good. Thus homosexuality becomes a good.

The Brave New World is upon us, friends. Are you conformed to it?

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Also see my other pages there.

Since: May 6, 2008
Posted on: May 30, 2011 2:56 am

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

<span style="color: #000000;">Jitpring... quoting Plato and calling people troglodytes doesn't make you not ignorant.  I'm definitely impressed by your logic tactics though: you quote Plato (supposedly quoting Socrates) and you say, "SEE!... proof that homosexuality is unnatural... this philosopher said so over 2000 years ago."  You "educate" yourself only so you can seek out logic that backs up your pre-conceived notions.  That's still ignorance.

Since: Mar 5, 2011
Posted on: May 30, 2011 1:23 am

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

Jitpring's comment was the best thing I've seen on any discussion about this topic. Read it please, because I think too many people are interested in bashing something or another for spite. Look at the logic.

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: May 30, 2011 12:48 am

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

...Thats pretty impressive.  I understand that the Bible doesn't condone it but I still dont get why someone else would feel it was their business.  Like I said its not for me but I am not responsible for what someone else choses to do with their recreational time.  Is there a directive in the Bible that tells you to actively persecute gay people?  If there is such a directive can you please enlighten me?  I would also like to know how you deal with Matt. 7:1 "Do not judge, or you too will be judged." or with the directive from Jesus "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone".  They seem to be conflicting ideologies and I wonder how people who use religion to justify persecution of gay people are able resolve them.  It seems to me that the Bible has been misinterpreted too many times to count.  It was used to justify slavery and the Holocaust.  Is it possible that once again that the Bible is being misinterpreted?  Did you know that the Bible says that your wife should be stoned if it is found that she is not a virgin? DEUTERONOMY 22:13-21.  The Bible is a good book but some of its directives are archaic.

Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: May 30, 2011 12:39 am

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

Frown I got @#)^ blocked by the Admins!

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: May 30, 2011 12:35 am

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

Personally, I am sick and tired of the arrogance of the gay community. Believe it or not, most of us don't want your sexual preferences aired in public. Maybe Steve Nash would be interested, but most of us are not. What makes you think we need to know who is gay and who is not? We just want to watch a ballgame. It is pride and arrogance that makes one want to announce who they want to sleep with in the bedroom, gay or straight. Do us all a favor and keep it to yoyrselves. The NBA, NFL and MLB have done just fine without people disclosing their homosexual lifestyle. Trust me....we really don't need to know. Be respectful and keep it to yourselves. Coming out of the closet does not make you a hero. Get over yourselves already. 

Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: May 30, 2011 12:13 am
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Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 11:01 pm

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

becoming the first male major professional sports executive to do so
Um what about Billy Beane?  Pretty sure that happened a while ago and it wasn't really news then and it isn't now.  The guy is gay, so what?  The sooner this stops making news the sooner humanity starts making some progress.  Any person that can't tolerate another person for anything other than harming another person is clearly behind in the evolutionary race.    

Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 10:51 pm

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

Say all you want about The Bible, if your God wants to send you to hell for being around someone who likes the same gender you should really reconsider what this "heaven" would really be like.

Everyone walking, talking, and acting just the same? What a terrible way to spend an infinite existance.

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