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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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.
Maybe snoop,jlo and fergie will put out a song about it
They are also not fond of Jews. But, hey, no black can be a bigot, right?
Does this mean Tracy McGrady is Scots-Irish too?
NFL Homophobic? Too many guys squatting all over the place. Good grief!
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.
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.
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The liberals cannot talk about evolution and homosexuals in the same conversation and get noticably agitated when you tell them "evolution is only possible with HETEROSEXUAL relationships."
It depends on the issue. The country has become far more pro-life over the past decade. Economically and on national security issues, it as as conservative as it was 20 years ago.
We can blame conservatives for going along with idiotic cliche that whatever consenting adults do is fine and dandy. Conservative opinion makers have given up on the issue and the issue of preserving marriage and the nuclear family.
And, pink gloves. Oh wait, they already are.
Ironic given that 75% of the league is black while homosexuals keep trying to equate their deviancy to racial discrimination.
And Shaquille O'Neal...
Would you say that to his face?
Or the "wide receiver."
The mantle of victim usually, historically has fallen about the shoulders of those who have been seen to wear it or carry its burden as you see it; with this newest victim class, the mantle can be kept conveniently in reserve and donned at a moments notice just as its counterpart, the humble umbrella, is commonly carried in tropical climes as one strolls about, taking the sun.
If one goes about on cloudy days, pointed end thrust forward and poking every goblin in sight, then the shield is lost in the heat of challenge.
What nonsense this non-gender role must eventually be seen.
These guys are supposed to go out on the field and knock the opposition down hard enough to get them to exude bodily fluids out of their nostrils at a minimum, and they are worried about getting their feelings hurt?
Take the contract money and go open an interior decorating business already...
See what happens if you let some guy pat you on the butt on national TV?
Chad’s not gay. He has four kids with three different women.
don’t we have the right to think sodomy is disgusting??? Don’t we have the right to ridicule and demean this behavior?
Doesn’t mean we hate the people who engage in the behavior...I think old fat people having sex is disgusting but it doesn’t mean i hate old fat people...
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."
That's always been the case. One of the single most misunderstood sociological trends in constitutional republics or democracies is the idea that "people grow more conservative as they get older." In fact, what happens is they remain the same as the culture around them grows more liberal.
To illustrate: The newly formed Republican party that advocated for freeing the slaves was a radical left-wing group in its day, especially in the eyes of the more conservative southerners. Two or three generations later, most people accepted that slavery ended but were loath to accept the women suffrage movement; they couldn't, in good conscious, support a woman's right to vote. This same person, a radical liberal in their twenties, was now considered a staunch conservative in old age.
I always shake my head when I hear someone say that culturally we are a "center right" country because anyone who has spent any time in the population centers of the United States, such as New York or Los Angeles, or in areas that have a higher-than-average under 30 population knows that is not the case. I was in Ohio on business in a major university town and stopped by a high-end department store to buy some clothes. My best friend commented that in the past hour, he had seen three or four gay couples with their arm around each other, shopping like regular straight couples. No one reacted because, frankly, my generation doesn't care anymore than we would to see an interracial couple.
Many of my extended family members that still lives in small, rural farming communities (the type where the old men gather around at the feed store and spend all day talking about the weather), didn't see it coming because all of us, on one level or another, assume that everyone is like our neighbors or friends. We can't even perceive that our opinions are in the minority and that society is changing around us.
The only counter-trend is that the under 30 crowd is more pro-life than any other group, which seems odd when you consider that religious instruction has declined substantially over the past 50 years. Still, I'm grateful for that.
The point of all of this is to say, it's a fools paradise to think that people will grow more conservative in an absolute sense as they get older. The best way to convince people to support conservative causes is to demonstrate, clearly and directly, the danger they face in their everyday life if the government has control over their private decisions. As Benjamin Franklin put it, the man who wins the argument is not he who appeals to right or wrong, but to a man's interest. If we can convince people that more government means less money in their paycheck, or less freedom of choice in education, we have a much better chance of emptying out Congress and starting over with a new crop of legislators.
Yes, it’s true that society has been getting more liberalized over the years. That indeed has been going on sonce the late nineteenth century.
And you last point is well-taken - that appealing to people’s interests will get us much farther than appealing with concepts.
No one in NASCAR wants to get rear-ended?
It’s sickening to think about a man checking out other men. Imagine being in the showers with a queer?
Great - now it’s almost time to go to sleep and I have to have this on my mind...
Why no women in the NFL?
There are no defensive linewomen at all.
THIS IS TWENTY FIRST CENTURY, AFTER ALL..!!
Helloo?! HALF of humanity is female.
Why no MODERN NFL?
No you didn't...
How many queers have the guts and physical ability to excel in the NFL?
I can see a civil rights lawsuit being filed the first time a queer football player gets hammered by a player who made unflattering comments regarding gay players.
“He hit me becawth I’m gay.”
Plus, it’s bio-illogical.
One thing for sure, “gay” football would be much less violent. If you enjoy gymnastics and figure skating, you would certainly enjoy it!
Actually, more than half. It’s DISGUSTING I tell ya!
Yep! Listen to a buch of teen boys and you will soon see that the worst insult in the world is “that’s so gay”. I don’t care how many laws they pass or how many times they screech about it they will never stop people from pointing out that it is not normal in any way shape or form!
If you’re going to be a poofter, you shouldn’t get your panties in a wad when called one
Teen girls as well.
I get it now...
You are a homo-apologist troll!
Given that the election in Maine has been getting a lot of headlines, I've posted in several of the comments under that tag within the past few days.
But, then again, that would assume you could read more than five lines at a time and actually look at my entire history on the site. Sorry - I realize that's giving you too much credit. People like you always look for facts that support a foregone conclusion.
Since Oct 16, 2009
I don't believe a word of it...
Sorry! It’s just that as a woman,two men together is totally perverted and disgusting.Men are supposed to like women,and vice versa.
I can’t help but say this;I like it when it’s stiff! He He.
I’m confused, Perez Hilton used the term faggot. Where was the outage?
Although, looking through your posting history, you're nothing but a common racist, trying to wrap your hatred in the false blanket of patriotism. There's nothing "conservative" about your positions - you're no different than an inner city thug advocating to kill anyone who doesn't agree with you. Your solution to anything and everything that doesn't conform to your worldview, whether its Christians or conservatives, is violence.
I cannot even begin to process how someone can believe that worldview is acceptable.
Typical leftist troll remark... Time to call the ZOT kitties...
Yes, I admit it... I'm a Tea Party attendee who opposes your dear leader Sodom Hussein Obama!
Trotting out the leftist scarecrows and Marxist strawman arguments...
I was university educated and know your types. You hung yourself with them.
And just to think, I catch hell for smoking a cigarette, what in the hell is this world coming to?