John M. Becker

Charles Barkley: Locker Room Fears 'An Insult to All Gay Men'

Filed By John M. Becker | February 18, 2014 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Charles Barkley, gay athletes, homophobia in sports, LGBT athletes, Michael Sam, National Basketball Association, National Football League, NBA, NFL, pro-LGBT athletes

"I think it's an insult to gay people to think that they are going to be looking at their teammates in a sexual way. That's an insult to all gay men. And we welcome them to the locker room, and I wish Mr. Sam the best...

"I think [openly gay players are] going to be safe with their teammates. I think the public at large is more homophobic than guys in the locker room. I think we as players get a bad rap.""

-- Retired basketball legend, NBA MVP, and outspoken straight ally Charles Barkley, speaking with CNN's Wolf Blitzer last night about openly gay NFL draft hopeful Michael Sam and openly gay men in professional sports.

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