Thursday, February 08, 2007

Sports are Great, Athletes are Embarrassing

it's predictable of course but you always hope for a little more enlightenment than you're likely to receive from professional athletes... former NBA player John Amaechi announces that he's gay in a new book, and we're treated to the idiotic musings of fellow athletes like Philadelphia 76er Steven Hunter:
"For real? He's gay for real? Nowadays it's proven that people can live double lives. I watch a lot of TV, so I see a lot of sick perverted stuff about married men running around with gay guys and all types of foolishness."

not to mention the more childlike homophobia of fellow Sixer Shavlik Randolph:
"As long as you don't bring your gayness on me I'm fine," Randolph said. "As far as business-wise, I'm sure I could play with him. But I think it would create a little awkwardness in the locker room."

how does one "bring your gayness on" someone else?
King Kaufman has a good column on the subject over at Salon.

speaking of embarrassing, last week the Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes paid a visit to the White House, wherein we learned that Rod Brind'Amour waited in line for four hours in order to vote for freaking Bush. ugh.

reminds me of the always-uninteresting Michael Jordan's line about "Republicans buy sneakers too" as to why he didn't campaign for Harvey Gantt when he ran against insane racist homophobe Jesse Helms.
do these guys live in the world?


Blogger Matt said...

Randolph's ignorant comments bother me especially--does he think being gay is some kind of infectious disease?--but to be fair, there are at least some athletes out there who aren't completely embarrassing: Grant Hill for one, the Mets' Carlos Delgado, Steve Nash and others are very socially aware, involved and intelligent. That said, it's amazing that in 2007 people still say and think this kind of crap.

In any event, I'm ashamed to say Shavlick graduated from the same university as me. The good news is he should be out of the NBA in, oh, about a year, maybe less.

2:25 PM  
Blogger Mac said...

did shav graduate?

also, at least he's still so young -- it's simply an ignorant thing to say -- that he could possibly grow up and learn a thing or two.

and you're right grant hill had the only normal comments i read yesterday. now if he could only stay healthy.

2:32 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Good point, I'm not sure if Shav did graduate. Pretty clear he didn't learn much while he was there, though...

And, seriously, what the hell was that kid thinking going to the NBA early??? Just odd.

5:56 PM  

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