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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did even two or three years ago, as the latest rumor or gossip of the day is always pressing fast to make today's news outdated.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: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:40 pm

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

Surprising what Barkley said. It's refreshing to know that basketball is really becoming the most accepting sport. This is slighly unexpected because the game is made up of African Americans, who are stereotypically homophobic. Football and baseball have yet to address the issue, which is not only an ignorant thing to do, but also forgetting a market, (that no longer challenges the masculine reputation of the game in the same way.) Sports are for everyone now. And believe it or not, this is a good thing.

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:33 pm

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

if a player came out in the NBA, even if it was a superstar player, his career would be over. The tatooed, neanderthal thugs in the NBA would crucify him. Some players would say they have no problem with it but most would blast him to any reporter that would listen. Even if Lebron was to come out, his days in the NBA would be limited.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:32 pm

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

ChzMstr:  Were you intending the pun when you wrote BUTT OUT in reference to gays.  Because if you were it is pretty funny. 

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:30 pm

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

Grifter:  That is possibly the most moronic and ridiculous post ever created.  Gay penguins and dogs.  Hilarious.  Congratulations on making everyone a little dumber.  I am sure the gay and lesbian community would appreciate being compared to dogs that screw each other.  HAHAHA....still laughing at your logic.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:24 pm

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

Be honest people, do we really care who is gay and who is not? WHO CARES !!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:06 pm

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

Actually... the only place the USA would be an embarrassment to if we became more tolerant toward homosexuals would be nations that we have or are currently bombing into oblivion for being too backwards and intolerant, to be frank... do you really care if we're an embarrassment to Iran, the land without the "phenomenon" of homosexuality (meaning homosexuals are killed there if they don't flee or remain in the closet)? Be careful with throwing the word "embarrass" around.

Homosexuality is simply a trait of existence and a sign of humans conquering the natural world (in a purely natural perspective, homosexuals would be "selected against"). The fact that those who have homosexual tendencies can make that choice and live a successful homosexual lifestyle speaks for the dominance of the human species as a whole over the natural world. Get over it.

If you are truly a conservative, which I have a hunch you are, then you should know the importance of "butting out" of other peoples' business. Whether your co-worker or customer is a homosexual or not doesn't really matter to you. BUTT OUT. All this work to "advance" homosexuality, like the Suns have been doing, is simply to increase tolerance and bring people to that level of thinking, butting out is a lot easier to do when you're tolerant of other lifestyles. 

And the push for homosexual tolerance isn't just for liberals either... I'm a libertarian in many aspects of political thought, leave the people BE! Why is it the government's responsibility to inhibit benefits of people based on traits that really don't matter to other people?  

Since: Jun 8, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2011 12:55 pm

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

What a bunch of ignorant meatheads!  Reading these viceral, ignorant, baseless rants about homos and their agenda makes me want to rethink my careless attitude towards them.  Get a grip!  Seriously, what do you care if two dudes are happy on their own time?  It's not like they are showing up at your double wide and putting on a fruity sex show!  Or is that what you think is going to happen?  Are they going to take over and make your dumb ass and your ignorant kids gay?  "Look out!!  Here come Bruce and Lance from next door!!!  Lock the kids in the basement and call the police!!"   

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 12:44 pm

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

Wow, so many bigots and unkowledgable people on these boards.
Homosexuality is a choice, mental illness, or a case of spiritual possession? (really, exorcist can "cure" homosexuality?) 
Homosexuality is neither of those.  It is, however, a part of nature.  Always has been and always will be.  Type in "gay penquins" and look at some of the results.  Watch your dogs have sex with other male dogs. 

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 12:29 pm

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

There are a lot of posters here just dying to come out.

Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 12:27 pm

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

as our nation gives in to liberal rule becoming a socialist weak kneed embaraasment world wide i reject men sucking face with other men and women alike if steve nash loves gays maybe he should become gay or is he already gay?

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