Besides getting some hate mail I don't think it'll be that big of a deal. Jake Shields comes to mind even though he's not officially out of the closet.
hmmm, you think it's possibly? not the fist time i heard someone speculate about him. not a fan anyway.
Like I said before, this isnt the 70's. The vast majority of civilised people have come to terms with homosexuality. 20 years ago, I remember having a conversation with parents who we're horrified at the thought of having children who might be gay. It's such a rare thing for me to hear now.
just because you don't hear about it doesn't mean it's not happening all around you. it's just not "news worthy" now. if you looked around for it you would see it; not everything happens within shouting distance of your haunts. and i have met dozens of people who are still horrified at their children's possible homosexuality; up here in true blue states of new england and down south and in the west where my family is from. it's just now in hushed tones and in insular groups.
I stand by what I said. Sexuality should be irrelevant, especially when we are talking about sports people. Times have changed as far as homosexual acceptance goes. The idiots are in a minority and will generally get hounded by the masses if they try and spout anything homophopic in public.
maybe minority in the country, but majority where they reside. it's almost like a national geographic documentary: The North American Homophobes - An Endangered Species. and that's almost worse, because their culture breeds and cultivates a lifestyle that is unhealthy. unless the national laws are passed to show that the way of thinking they have is wrong, it keeps breeding such a life.
then again, i'm talking out of my ass because there are still segregated high school proms in Mississippi and Georgia, so what do i know?
If you are a gay sportsman, then just do what you want and dont explain yourself. Be openly gay. Go to gay bars. Whatever. Thats how you "come out", not by calling a fecking press conference or via some other media outlet... and theres certainly no need for sports fans to even discuss it. We are talking about sport not sex. Quite frankly, you comparing the need to discuss the sexuality of a gay sportsman living in the civilised west, to the horrors of slavery and child abuse is a load of total rubbish.
but there is need for the discussion..... silence is acceptance of the problem. if you can't talk about it then it's taboo, something you cannot talk about in public, something to be ashamed of. when it's not.
once the conversation becomes common place, once society is accepting enough that an eye is not batted when it spoken of, once no one cares enough to even show up to the press conference in the first place... then we can stop talking about it in the way you wish.
look at it this way: when was the last time anyone was shocked a woman was allowed to vote?
Dont be a smartass. Lets have a debate about it without trying to belittle each other.
can't help it... it's that NE raising; it's in the blood.