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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did even two or three years ago, as the latest rumor or gossip of the day is always pressing fast to make today's news outdated.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: Apr 4, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2011 6:51 pm
 

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

Because Nash is Bi.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 4:42 pm
 

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

Ultra-Activists make that comparison, yes. I don't. Two nights ago my friend was beat up for being gay. You keep saying "choice", but how can you now?  It's not a choice, at least in my case. You can trust that. Also, I don't even know how this response is directed toward my comment. It's barely related.



Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2011 4:24 pm
 

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

It would quickly become a non issue to most players.  There are going to be some players that wont let it go because of internal issues of their own like like being homosexual themselves.  People say its a choice and to be honest I always thought that myself.  But I found out that I was wrong.  I had someone explain to me how they never made a choice to be gay they were just attracted to the same sex.  Someone gave an excellent example to me one day.  "Can you name the day and time you made a choice to be heterosexual?"  I have to admit it was not a decision I can recall making.  Another fact I found out was that at all times 10% or more of the worlds population is gay.  Sounds to me like mother natures way of trying to affect population control.  This would point more towards genetic factors than choice.



Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 4:17 pm
 

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

"Jackie Robinson survived attacks by fans way back in 1947.  It will take some brave soul to be the first and survive the same treatment.  I bet it won't be long before other fans shut that abusing fan up quickly."

Will everyone stop the comparisons to Jackie Robinson? It is an insult to anyone who's endured TRUE racism, folks, and I doubt Jackie Robinson would agree with this alignment.



Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2011 3:58 pm
 

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

I've been lead to believe that in some sports gay athletes are in the locker room and are known to be gay it is only in the public spotlight that some are not.  I always have to shake my head at those who continue to post nonsense about subjects like this.  Science has found answers to things a long time ago but some act like it's something they can still debate.  Like Birthers and the such just put your pointy hats on and say what ytou mean.  I will still think you are a fool but will respect that you say what you mean.



Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 3:51 pm
 

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

HEY REF I WASN'T HAND CHECKING  - I WAS JUST TRYING TO GET TO KNOW HIM ALL BETTER




Since: May 9, 2011
Posted on: May 29, 2011 3:22 pm
 

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

Jackie Robinson survived attacks by fans way back in 1947.  It will take some brave soul to be the first and survive the same treatment.  I bet it won't be long before other fans shut that abusing fan up quickly.
 



Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2011 3:05 pm
 

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

Prevelant in nature? I have been a hunter and camper for 50 years, an observer of nature and never once seen that. If a monkey in the zoo makes a mistake because he is a stupid monkey that means he makes a good role model for what a human should do? I guess that means you eat your own brown and go around smelling peoples privates and humping your masters leg because animals are confused about that as well.



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 2:54 pm
 

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

Who cares!!! People need to quit judging everyone else and worry about themselves. As long as he or she can play Ball at the higher level, So be it. He or she should not have to tell the world if they desire the same sex, as long as they perform their job duties or not. As long as they do not put their hands on me they can do as they please. That would be like me playing pro ball and tell the world how and how often me and my wife get it on. It none of your buisness. RIGHT? My favorite is..... If you are not Feeding me.. Paying my Bills.. and or Doing me.. Then leave me the Hell alone. I am not Gay, Just not nosey or care about your buisness. PLAIN and SIMPLE!!!!



Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2011 2:24 pm
 

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

Regarding the backlash against homosexual propaganda and those who spread it (Golliver here, for example), it's growing. For example, google for this:

Following outcry, Brazilian president cancels homosexual indoctrination program in nation’s schools




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