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Gay athletes donít fit in what is perceived as a homophobic NFL
Kansas City Star ^ | October 30, 2009 | Randy Covitz

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 I’m 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 … it’s 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 it’s just the thing to do. When you use the term ‘gay’ or ‘faggot’ or ‘queer’ and you use it in a negative term, it’s the same as calling a woman a ‘bitch.’ It’s demeaning to another human being. And it’s not right.”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: absolutemorals; gay; gaystapo; homobama; homosexualagenda; nfl; nflisgay; perverts; romoshomos; sodomhusseinobama
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Much more about the travails of being homosexual in the NFL are contained in this rather lengthy article.
1 posted on 10/31/2009 6:02:53 AM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

Wife and girlfriend beating, serial “baby daddies”, entourage violence, drugs, etc...

what’s a little homophobia between consenting thugs?


2 posted on 10/31/2009 6:08:34 AM PDT by misterrob (A society that burdens future generations with debt can not be considered moral or just)
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To: Zakeet
hen you use the term ‘gay’ or ‘faggot’ or ‘queer’ and you use it in a negative term,

Oh, I see.

So let's just use those words in a POSITIVE term.

Like... That guy is HIV-POSITIVE.

I'm POSITIVE he's gay.

Go, faggot, go!

3 posted on 10/31/2009 6:08:40 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Zakeet

Proof that the political spectrum has shifted leftward, rather than the middle shifting to the right: The normal view of sodomy as deviance and sin is now itself called the deviance of “homophobia.

We stood still while the whole spectrum slid wa-a-a-ay to the left. Now they call mainstream, middle America the far-right lunatic fringe.


4 posted on 10/31/2009 6:10:14 AM PDT by RoadTest ( But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do)
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To: RoadTest
I guess Rush was too divestive for this league.
5 posted on 10/31/2009 6:14:05 AM PDT by scooby321
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To: Zakeet

Liberals get their panties in a bind when they hear the word ‘faggot’, but liberals viciously attack conservatives. If you are going to be hyper-sensitive about words, then don’t spew hate against those you disagree with.


6 posted on 10/31/2009 6:17:29 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: Zakeet

Proffesional sports has always been a “High Testosterone” environment and always will be. In an “arena” like the NFL if an active player came out of the closet, he might find himself leaving the field on a stretcher.


7 posted on 10/31/2009 6:20:08 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: Zakeet

I amazed at the amount of what liberals call “homophobia” that exists among teenagers. They make even FR look like a pro-homo site.


8 posted on 10/31/2009 6:22:19 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Zakeet
The NFL has decided to pick up the liberal play book to oppose Rush and all things white so I say, TIME TO RAM IT DOWN THEIR HATE PORTALS.

Some examples of the NFL’s hatred of diversity:
1. Gays are not openly accepted or courted. In fact they are openly abused!
2. There are NO Orientals of any race in the NFL. NONE AT ALL! Orientals are not allowed in the NFL!
3. Hispanics, yep only 2 that I have heard of. la vista baby!
4. Trans-gendered players are also not allowed in the hateful racist NFL.

If the NFL wants to live by the PC sword then its time that they die by the PC sword. They need to embrace Political Correctness head on and make sure their teams statically represent the USA demographics. That means only 13% blacks are allowed in the new PC NFL.

9 posted on 10/31/2009 6:23:15 AM PDT by fuzzybutt
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To: Zakeet

Wait,what?

Jason Taylor, Terrell Owens, Tony Romo, Chad (85) Johnson, Eli Manning - there’s lotsa famous gays in the Nat’l Football League...


10 posted on 10/31/2009 6:28:15 AM PDT by flowerplough ( Pennsylvania today - New New Jersey meets North West Virginia.)
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To: Zakeet
Somehow I expect this is one area where the ever advancing and agitating homosexual movement will be met with stiff resistance. However, I think the NFL is in fact inching closer to putting dresses on QBs, so there may be a glimmer of homo hope at one at least one position...
11 posted on 10/31/2009 6:29:44 AM PDT by Dysart
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To: flowerplough

Excuse Me?


12 posted on 10/31/2009 6:30:45 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: Zakeet

How could any sport be homophobic that has as an on field position called “tight end?”


13 posted on 10/31/2009 6:30:49 AM PDT by Reaganesque ("And thou shalt do it with all humility, trusting in me, reviling not against revilers.")
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To: fuzzybutt
There are NO Orientals of any race in the NFL. NONE AT ALL! Orientals are not allowed in the NFL!

Hines Ward's mother is Korean, as is Will Demps's. Roman Gabriel (QB for the LA Rams and Philadelphia Eagles) was the first Filipino player in the NFL. There are numerous Pacific islanders in the league, including 28 Somoan players active right now.
14 posted on 10/31/2009 6:32:09 AM PDT by Renderofveils (My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. - Nabokov)
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To: fuzzybutt

There are plenty of Samoans. Look at them, there’s an Oriental in the woodpile somewhere. I think they would qualify.
The LPGA evidently has no heaumeaupheaubia.


15 posted on 10/31/2009 6:32:24 AM PDT by steve8714 (There's a straight line from John Wilkes Booth through Paul Robeson to Sean Penn.)
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To: Zakeet

I thought Dave Meggessey was the first.


16 posted on 10/31/2009 6:33:13 AM PDT by steve8714 (There's a straight line from John Wilkes Booth through Paul Robeson to Sean Penn.)
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To: Zakeet

How about queer NASCAR drivers? Why aren’t we hearing more about them?


17 posted on 10/31/2009 6:33:53 AM PDT by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: scooby321
guess Rush was too divestive for this league.

Maybe he's a homo.

18 posted on 10/31/2009 6:34:02 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Zakeet

Professional wrestling has always had its share of open homosexuals-from Adrian Adonis to Goldust, I’m not sure why homosexuals would have much of a problem in the NFL.


19 posted on 10/31/2009 6:34:09 AM PDT by I_Like_Spam
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To: fuzzybutt

Don’t forget about the women! Guess how many women players there are in the NFL.....NONE! Can you believe it?


20 posted on 10/31/2009 6:34:56 AM PDT by clintonh8r (My country. Not my government.)
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To: Reaganesque

Imagine if you will how many times both the offense and defense would be drawn offsides with slobbering Barney Franks at quarterback.


21 posted on 10/31/2009 6:36:08 AM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (America held hostage - day 163)
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To: Zakeet
FDRQ in the NFL...
22 posted on 10/31/2009 6:37:56 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: flowerplough

The most famous-Donovan McNabb!


23 posted on 10/31/2009 6:38:05 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: misterrob

Don’t the ‘musicians’ sing about ‘bit*hes’ as much as they can ?


24 posted on 10/31/2009 6:38:20 AM PDT by Freddd (CNN is not credible.)
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To: scooby321

“I guess Rush was too divestive for this league.”

What do you mean?


25 posted on 10/31/2009 6:39:48 AM PDT by RoadTest ( But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do)
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To: Zakeet

Or at least have one standing by.

26 posted on 10/31/2009 6:43:08 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (You don't have to be ignorant to be a Democrat...but if you are...so what?)
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To: Zakeet

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?


27 posted on 10/31/2009 6:44:02 AM PDT by BobL
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To: Reaganesque

Or wide receiver?


28 posted on 10/31/2009 6:45:17 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (You don't have to be ignorant to be a Democrat...but if you are...so what?)
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To: Renderofveils

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.


29 posted on 10/31/2009 6:45:28 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Enjoy nature - eat meat, wear fur and drive your car!)
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To: Zakeet; newgeezer

I thought it was the National Felon league not the National Fairy League.


30 posted on 10/31/2009 6:46:18 AM PDT by DungeonMaster (Love your neighbor as you love yourself.)
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To: scooby321
If Rush was a liberal, he could get away with saying divisive things.

If he started supporting Obama, he'd be welcomed into the NFL with open arms.

31 posted on 10/31/2009 6:46:37 AM PDT by airborne (I'm from an older generation. When killing the enemy was a good thing!)
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To: Zakeet
When you use the term ‘gay’ or ‘faggot’ or ‘queer’ and you use it in a negative term, it’s the same as calling a woman a ‘bitch.’ It’s demeaning to another human being. And it’s not right.”

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.

32 posted on 10/31/2009 6:51:14 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Glenn
How about queer NASCAR drivers? Why aren’t we hearing more about them?

(Southern)That's 'cause they ain't none, son! 'Course I wonder about that Gordon fella....(/Southern)

33 posted on 10/31/2009 6:55:03 AM PDT by hoagy62 (Obama: slowly sucking the positive attitude out of the US since 11-4-08)
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To: Dr. Ursus

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.


34 posted on 10/31/2009 6:58:23 AM PDT by flowerplough ( Pennsylvania today - New New Jersey meets North West Virginia.)
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To: I_Like_Spam

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.


35 posted on 10/31/2009 6:59:02 AM PDT by Burkean
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To: Reaganesque
How could any sport be homophobic that has as an on field position called “tight end?”

Or "wide receiver?"

36 posted on 10/31/2009 6:59:21 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (You must choose ... death, or bulunga.)
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To: Zakeet

Action is needed. The NFL should start wearing pink shoes!!


37 posted on 10/31/2009 7:01:09 AM PDT by Tribune7 (I am Joe Wilson!)
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To: Past Your Eyes
These are the more seasoned players. :-)
38 posted on 10/31/2009 7:02:20 AM PDT by verity (Obama Lies)
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To: flowerplough

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.


39 posted on 10/31/2009 7:04:25 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Zakeet
it’s so crippling to someone who is going to work knowing there is no support in their organization.

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.

40 posted on 10/31/2009 7:06:31 AM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: Zakeet

The world champion Pittsburgh Steelers have a gay on their team. Number 22 if I recall correctly.


41 posted on 10/31/2009 7:06:36 AM PDT by Ramcat (Thank You American Veterans)
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To: Zakeet

“Do you like stories of gladiators and football players?” —with apologies to the makers of “Airplane”


42 posted on 10/31/2009 7:07:22 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Zakeet
BS, I cannot remember the number but it was a lot of NFL players that were queer. It's that don't drop the soap and as* slapping thing they have going on.

Watch the NFL, where you can sit back and relax watching fat black men slapping male as*. If you are into that kind of thing.

43 posted on 10/31/2009 7:08:37 AM PDT by org.whodat (Vote: Chuck De Vore in 2012.)
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To: flowerplough

El is married to Abigal McGrew. They were married on 19 April 2008.


44 posted on 10/31/2009 7:10:33 AM PDT by org.whodat (Vote: Chuck De Vore in 2012.)
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To: Zakeet

Everyone’s sex life belongs in the closet. These creeps ought to keep their sex life to themselves. I don’t want to know.


45 posted on 10/31/2009 7:19:52 AM PDT by RichardW
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To: Zakeet; 4everontheRight; ABG(anybody but Gore); Abbeville Conservative; akorahil; albee; ...

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46 posted on 10/31/2009 7:22:49 AM PDT by scott says (Barack ODRAMA--the politics of Fear and Loathing)
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To: Zakeet

Hey, when you’re in the showers the last thing you want to find is a place to hang your wash cloth.

Homosexuals use words like faggot and queer to describe themselves, but we can’t use them?

Are we going to have to say the “F” word (no, that one’s already taken) and the “Q” word?


47 posted on 10/31/2009 7:23:20 AM PDT by seowulf (Petraeus, cross the Rubicon.)
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To: Zakeet; 4everontheRight; ABG(anybody but Gore); Abbeville Conservative; akorahil; albee; ...

NFL PING



FReepmail scott says to be added to, or to be taken off the NFL Ping list...


This is a fairly high volume ping list

48 posted on 10/31/2009 7:24:00 AM PDT by scott says (Barack ODRAMA--the politics of Fear and Loathing)
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To: Reaganesque

Ah yes, and the other terms we had in high school football:

“The Quarterback needs to fit it in tight to the Split End.”
“We’re gonna run a dive up the “A” Hole.”
“Tell the Running Back to squeeze between those two guys.”


49 posted on 10/31/2009 7:24:33 AM PDT by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: Zakeet
Gay athletes don’t fit in what is perceived as a homophobic NFL

Finally, a positive article about the NFL.

50 posted on 10/31/2009 7:24:37 AM PDT by RGSpincich
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