Skip to comments.Gay athletes donít fit in what is perceived as a homophobic NFL
Posted on 10/31/2009 6:02:52 AM PDT by Zakeet
Athletes have heard the ugly words on practice fields for most of their lives. They hear them in the streets and at neighborhood hangouts.
But when Chiefs running back Larry Johnson used an antigay slur on his Twitter account and in the locker room this week, he struck a nerve that makes professional sports leagues wince.
The NFL, like other pro sports leagues, is perceived as homophobic. Of the more than 20,000 athletes who have played in the NFL, less than a handful have identified themselves as gay David Kopay was the first in 1975, followed by Roy Simmons and Esera Tuaolo and only after their careers had ended.
Now the image-conscious NFL which fines players for wearing droopy socks or the wrong-colored chin straps, is frightened by the prospect of Rush Limbaugh as an owner and enforces a rigid personal conduct policy is confronted with how to deal with gay-bashing.
It seems like every single season Im getting phone calls about some athlete saying a gay slur, and using the word gay and faggot and homo and queer in such a negative term, Tuaolo said in a phone interview with The Star from his home in suburban Minneapolis.
There are gay athletes in the NFL and in baseball and in the NHL
its so crippling to someone who is going to work knowing there is no support in their organization. What is also crippling to an athlete is hearing slurs like that thrown around like its just the thing to do. When you use the term gay or faggot or queer and you use it in a negative term, its the same as calling a woman a bitch. Its demeaning to another human being. And its not right.
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Imagine if you will how many times both the offense and defense would be drawn offsides with slobbering Barney Franks at quarterback.
The most famous-Donovan McNabb!
Don’t the ‘musicians’ sing about ‘bit*hes’ as much as they can ?
“I guess Rush was too divestive for this league.”
What do you mean?
Or at least have one standing by.
There are plenty of professions for gays (like interior design, fashion model, actor, hair stylist, flight attendant, etc.). Why can’t they leave one of the few areas where true men compete alone?
Or wide receiver?
Guess you’ve never seen Haruki Nakamura of the Ravens. He’s a safety and special teams demon. Graduate of the University of Cincinnati. His father was a judo gold medalist in the `64 Olympics in Tokyo for Japan.
I thought it was the National Felon league not the National Fairy League.
If he started supporting Obama, he'd be welcomed into the NFL with open arms.
Regardless of the oppression the homosexual fascists want to inflict upon us, you simply cannot alter the natural revulsion that occurs when encounter something so unnatural, as unwholesome and completely disturbing as open homosexuality.
It is the height of man's inhumanity to their fellow man to deny these people the treatment they need to recover from this mental illness.
It disgusts me beyond further commentary.
(Southern)That's 'cause they ain't none, son! 'Course I wonder about that Gordon fella....(/Southern)
The most famous-Donovan McNabb!
I was hoping someone else would add him to the list. I’m, to some degree, a location-motivated Eagles fan, but Andy Reid just doesn’t seem to have the creativity and originality to direct and optimize the talent on his team, and Rush was right about that over-rated, aging, Irish-Scotsman quarterback.
I suspect that professional wrestling also has a significant homosexual demographic in its fan base—certainly in comparison to other sports. It’s not much of a stretch that the athletes would be more open about it.
Or "wide receiver?"
Action is needed. The NFL should start wearing pink shoes!!
NE pa. born-Lifetime Phillies fan,but lifetime Giants fan.
Seriously, the black community both male and females don’t
like homosexuals especially black ones that’s why its called
“ON the Down Lo” in the black community.
What were you planning to do at work that would require "support" for your homosexuality? (Not sure I want to know, but sure I wouldn't approve.)
I'm nostalgic for the days of Oscar Wilde's The Portrait of Dorian Gray. The "love that dare not speak its name" has become the love that won't shut the h*** up. There's nothing more disgusting than a 300-pound whiner.