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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did even two or three years ago, as the latest rumor or gossip of the day is always pressing fast to make today's news outdated.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: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2011 8:59 pm
 

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

Much as I would like to think Steve Nash is right, I can't help but believe there would be a certain level of controversy surrounding any star major league athlete who came out of the closet. However, I think that most players would get past their homophobia if it meant winning games and gettign paid more. 



Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 8:55 pm
 

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

Maybe he is open to it because he will probablly have to negotiate his new contract someday with his gay GM--or maybe it is part of his "advanced" culture coming from canada where nothing significant  but a few NHLers comes from or maybe he is open to it because he is a gay and feels the need to come out of the closet--why is what this guy says important anyways--to my knowledge all he has done in his career is rack up a lot of stats and very few significant wins--



Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 8:23 pm
 

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

Of course Steve would say that. He's Canadian. We're no where near as bigoted and homophobic as Americans are.



Since: Aug 14, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 8:05 pm
 

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

 Whatever, like the Suns want to get rid of him.  He's the only reason they're making money.



Since: Mar 17, 2011
Posted on: May 29, 2011 7:53 pm
 

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

Enjoy your shower time.Surprised



Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 7:49 pm
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Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 7:36 pm
 

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

Hey Montsho...did you choose to have LilRichyRiches be your mentor...or were you just born a loser.  Seriously, you are going to call another dude on here your mentor?  Really, a guy who posts stuff on CBS is your mentor?  Sounds a little gay.  I am sure Nash would be ok with you two though.  HAHAHA....that is funny stuff. 



Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 7:09 pm
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Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 7:03 pm
 

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

There's nothing wrong with the skin color of Blacks ! It's only the few Neo Nazi KKK Whites who try to find fault with Blacks for no reason other than skin color which is like saying I hate fat people ! It's baseless and idiotic !



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 7:00 pm
 

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

Nothing against gays but until science says two people of the same sex can produce a life between them, gay and lesbian people will always have obstacles ! I'm not saying it's right or wrong but we all know our society doesn't look upon a gay relationship as it does a heterosexual relationship ! The only thing worse than a gay relationship in some people's eyes is an interracial relationship !

History has shown not many in this country like either of the two ! 


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