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did even two or three years ago, as the latest rumor or gossip of the day is always pressing fast to make today's news outdated.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

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Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2011 2:16 pm
 

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

Nick Bain - Perhaps African Americans simply don't like the fact the Ultra-Activist GLBTs try to equate their struggle for social acceptance of their lifestyle, with that of the Black Civil Rights movement. In the latter people were being denied basic human rights based simply on something they could do nothing about - the color of their skin. Most heterosexuals still see sexuality as a choice. I still think everyone in the US, who is a consenting adult, should have that choice. They should not be physically assaulted over it, or lose their job, or their other basic liberties over it. However, your choice in sexuality dept does not automatically bestow upon you social acceptance. In the 60's and 70's Gay people were being physically assaulted, or their sexual activity was banned by law. At that point in time the Gay Rights movement may have had some smilarities with the Black Civil Rights movement.  These days, however, the movement has less to do with civil rights, and way more to do with legislating and otherwise brainwashing the rest of this country into thinking that their lifestyle choice is socially acceptable.


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Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 2:03 pm
 

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

HONESTLY IN THIS DAY AND AGE MOST PLAYERS WOULD BE COOL WITH IT AT LEAST PUBLICLY FOR FEAR OF BEING LABLED A HOMOPHOBE AND LOSING ALL THEIR $$$ ENDORSEMENT DEALS. IT WOULD BE THE OPOSING FANS THAT WOULD GIVE A GAY PLAYER A HARD TIME.


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Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 2:00 pm
 

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

First Kobe, then Noah. Yeah right, the NBA is open about it. I just think this is more about the NBA really trying to go out of their way to overcome the bad press of 2 of it's more recognizable faces making the name calls. You know what, if it didn't matter, there wouldn't have been fines, if it didn't matter nobody would've been offended, if it didn't matter nobody would care and it would be every bit the same as the hetero players not having to come out. If the NBA player is gay, you don't think the rest of the world couldn't figure it out if they were open in their actions in public ? Why would any player have to come out, just live the lifestyle, just like the heteros.


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Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:49 pm
 

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

I love how when people have the opinion that homosexuality is unnatural then they're labeled as bigots. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Calling them a redneck that lives in a doublewide just makes you a hypocrit and you lose all credibility in my eyes. Dogs and Penguins? We're humans. Come on now.


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