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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did even two or three years ago, as the latest rumor or gossip of the day is always pressing fast to make today's news outdated.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 30, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2011 12:00 pm

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

your a scumbag no one wants ur fat ass

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 11:59 am

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

Yea, no big deal until he's showering next to you. Why even need the WNBA, when they can join the NBA too.

Since: Aug 11, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2011 11:58 am

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

Simple questions for those that say it's a choice.

Why is homosexuality so prevelant in the animal kingdom? 100's of species have been documented.............. Be nice to people, it doesn't hurt. Why does someone elses sexual preference bother you?

Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2011 11:58 am

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

Yet more homosexual propaganda shoved down our throats. I can't wait for the backlash. By the way, notice that Golliver is once again the one to post this filth. Come out, Golliver. Get it over with.

Since: Apr 28, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2011 11:52 am

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

People really care if other people are gay?  Come on, this is a joke right?  You care who someone else is attracted to?  Really?  Look me in the eyes.  Don't smile.  You care who someone else is attracted to?  Look at me.  Look at me!  I knew it.  I knew you didn't care, you just like to be heard.  Ok, now let's focus that energy on something positive.  Go get em Tiger!

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 11:50 am

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

It sure sounds to me like Steve Nash is slowly paving the way for his big announcement that he is coming out of the closet and acknowledging his homosexuality.  As Charles Barkely would say, I may be wrong, but I doubt it.  So Steve, when is the big press conference?  During the NBA Finals, which you've never won in your career?  How about draft night?  For an announcement of this magnitude, you should go after the biggest audience you can find.  Go ahead, be flamboyant about it.

Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 11:40 am

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

You have to give Steve Nash credit for being smart and knowing how to earn brownie points with Suns management. Notice Steve Nash didn't come out and say this until Rick Welts Phoenix Suns CEO announced the other week that he was openly gay. If Steve Nash's numbers become the worst in the league. Welts might say, "Well, he supports people's rights to be gay, and while his numbers are dipping. Let's keep him around because of that." Good Job Steve Nash on earning that job security with the Phoenix Suns.

Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2011 11:34 am

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

I have no idea if you are a homosexual but you are certainly a facilitator. I was surprised to know that in the year 2011 timeless universal origional truth and universal laws no longer apply. I guess the parts that did not fit since the begining of time now suddenly do and a square peg will slide into a round hole because you have proclame it so.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 11:23 am

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

SpankyJohnson:  Your post is right on the money.  Nice work.  Just for that I will make you a favorite.

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2011 11:15 am

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

@zonetwlite... "Did you say, "mental illness"???  I'm sorry I had trouble understanding your post because I was completely discombobulated watching the angels gracefully flying over your shoulders with their harps playing in the background.

Oh, and by the way, your phone is ringing... it’s the Year 2011. It says you either have to go back to the Dark Ages or they want their internet, cell phone, indoor plumbing, indoor heating and automobile back!  And don’t tell me… let me guess... you are a “born again” because you’ve already cheated on your previous spouse, or abused drugs, or puppies or whatever but have now "found the light". 

Btw, not all of us need a spiritual crutch to know and do the right thing.  I’m not actually upset that you do, it’s just that you don’t need to prod the rest of us with it.  Lastly, tell David Koresh I said, "hi."

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