I am the LAST person to be interested in sports stories that don’t involve soccer. Especially professional sports stories, since the amount of money they make is obscene compared to the starting salary of a teacher or nurse.
But when I read this woman’s column, I had to make sure you all noticed a strong woman calling someone on their BS. Which, I think, is what Skepchick is all about.
First, an NBA player came out. This was followed by some nasty homophobic comments by a fellow player. And both these events have been followed by an explosion of vitriolic comments in the blogosphere, most of them, unfortunately, praising the asshole who said “I hate gay people…it shouldn’t be in the world or the United States.”
Then, this wonderful editorial. By a woman at ESPN who is clearly a private person just too annoyed to be quiet anymore. And, best of all, she writes in a way any sports fan, no matter how rabid a homophobe, can understand: she talks about athletic professionalism. It’s about the game, and how well you play. Nothing else should come onto the court.
Please read the article–I tried to find quotes from it to use, but gave up because I just liked the whole thing so much.
Amaechi’s coming out has been praised by so many sports players. As someone who works with students, this quote really struck me:
“”It’s hugely important for the kids so they don’t feel alone in the world. We’re role models. We’re adults, and we know we’re not alone but kids don’t know that,” she said.
Thank you, both Mr. Amaechi and Ms. Buckheit, for speaking the truth. And shame on those players and coaches who can’t live with people who are different from them.