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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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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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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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To: seowulf

51 posted on 10/31/2009 7:25:27 AM PDT by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: Zakeet

I am sure that NFL executives will get on a PC kick concerning homosexuality since they were successful in banning Rush Limbaugh from owning a team.


52 posted on 10/31/2009 7:25:28 AM PDT by CORedneck
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53 posted on 10/31/2009 7:25:43 AM PDT by scott says (Barack ODRAMA--the politics of Fear and Loathing)
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To: scooby321

Maybe snoop,jlo and fergie will put out a song about it


54 posted on 10/31/2009 7:25:56 AM PDT by italianquaker (¬ďEvery inch of this Administration is rife with corruption and cronyism.¬Ē --- Michelle Malkin)
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To: Dr. Ursus

They are also not fond of Jews. But, hey, no black can be a bigot, right?


55 posted on 10/31/2009 7:27:11 AM PDT by RobbyS (Chirho.)
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To: flowerplough

Does this mean Tracy McGrady is Scots-Irish too?


56 posted on 10/31/2009 7:28:12 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: Reaganesque
Yeah... I wonder how hairdressers feel about split ends?

NFL Homophobic? Too many guys squatting all over the place. Good grief!

57 posted on 10/31/2009 8:06:03 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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To: Zakeet

I am so tired of hearing the term “homophobic”! To be ‘phobic’ implies a fear of something, usually considered irrational. I’m not afraid of homosexuals and I certainly don’t fear them. That’s why (for me) I prefer the term “homoabhorent”. I abhor the homosexual lifestyle and its all consuming path toward death and destruction.

Oh, one more thing regarding this issue. While discussing this with a liberal friend, the topic of religion came up, or more precisely, Christianity. He demeaned everything about Christ and His followers. I asked him why he was a “Christaphobe”? That seemed to end the discussion.

Brian


58 posted on 10/31/2009 8:06:40 AM PDT by Kharis13
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To: Zakeet

The percentage of homosexuals is professional sports (especially football) is probably much greater than the overall population. I mean c’mon. They’re injecting each other in the rear end with steroids. Constantly in the gym lifting. Taking showers together. It’s very creepy.

And the fans that practically worship these creeps are suffering from latent homosexuality. They are queer, they just don’t realize it.


59 posted on 10/31/2009 8:13:58 AM PDT by grand wazoo
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To: Zakeet

This is all OK! But don’t you dare make a sane comment about the athletes, or you will never be allowed to own a team ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


60 posted on 10/31/2009 8:19:08 AM PDT by vpintheak (4-times an extremist)
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