Alex Blaze

NBA Gets Behind Diversity

Filed By Alex Blaze | May 14, 2011 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Charles Barkley, NBA

"If somebody is gay, that's their own business. But it bothers me how people try to say that jocks are not going to like a gay. ... I think gay people should be allowed to get married and God bless them, that's their own business. Listen, if a guy can't play that's the only time we don't want to play with him. We don't care about all that extracurricular stuff."

--Former NBA player and commentator Charles Barkley

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JamesSavik | May 14, 2011 8:48 AM

In the late 70s I was the first out gay person to EVER letter in football at my rural Mississippi high school. It was not easy. The biggest difficulties were not teammates. It was parents and other adults who were completely clue about what gay people were about. Some thought gay meant that you wore womens clothing and others thought it meant baby raper.

The main thing that lead to my acceptance was my speed and ability to hyper-violent. The madder they made me, the harder I tackled people. After you knock out a few people, they STFU.