Alex Blaze

John Amaechi on the N- and F-words

Filed By Alex Blaze | April 15, 2011 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: hate speech, john amaechi, Kobe Bryant

"I'm surprised that people are surprised. This is common language when I played. It was an everyday word that I heard. I haven't seen anything new put in place (by the NBA) to tackle homophobia. There's no reason for it to somehow get better.

The problem we have now is because of the way we don't address homophobia, the ultimate insult to a man is to tell them either they're like a woman or worse, that they're gay.

We have to take it as unacceptable as a white person screaming the N-word at a black person.... I can tell you that I've been called a faggot fairly routinely, and yet people seem to hold off on calling me the N-word. We've got to mirror that progress."

--John Amaechi on Kobe Bryant

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Does the NBA have an official, written policy prohibiting racial/ethnic insults? ... Then they shd have the same prohibition against gender and s/o insults, too.

And if we had any gonads ourselves, maybe the LGBT fans would boycott NBA events until we put one in place. Not that we are deluded enough to think that they couldn't sell those seats to someone else, though.

Outside street protests. No organization likes street protests outside their events. But, being realistic, we'll hear more than a few insults if we do that, too.

... so, as always, until we decide this is an important issue ... nothing will change.

Laurie Edwards | April 20, 2011 9:01 AM

It's too bad a top-ranked current player doesn't come out. John Amaechi retired years ago, and he wasn't much when he was playing. (His time with the Utah Jazz was particularly uninspired.) If he could get a couple of his gay friends who're still in the League to come out, it would make a world of difference.