Normally I try to ignore the sports world, but it’s been interesting watching the fallout after former NBA player John Amaechi came out as a big ol’ gay homosexual. Risky business in the NBA, or any other sect of the great Sports Cult, but at least he eventually came out with it. Predictably, stupid reactions are afoot: Shavlik Randolph (of the Philadelphia Sixers, according to the story…I certainly wouldn’t know) actually said, “As long as you don’t bring your gayness on me I’m fine.” Uh-huh. Isn’t it amusing how these macho straight guys automatically assume they’re going to be a target of gayhomo affections? Please, don’t flatter yourself. And from Tim Hardaway (former Miami Heat guy, I guess) we have these lovely nuggets of wisdom which really stirred up some shit last week:
“First of all I wouldn’t want him on my team,” said Hardaway. “Second of all, if he was on my team I would really distance myself from him because I don’t think that’s right and I don’t think he should be in the locker room when we’re in the locker room.”
Le Batard took Hardaway to task, pointing out that his comments were ‘flatly homophobic’ and bigoted, but that only seemed to stir up the former point guard. “Well, you know, I hate gay people,” Hardaway said in response to Le Batard. “I let it be known I don’t like gay people. I don’t like to be around gay people. I’m homophobic. It shouldn’t be in the world, in the United States, I don’t like it.”
Ouch! Not too bright, and insecure as hell. It “doesn’t belong in the world”? Wow, this guy’s got some issues. Doesn’t this macho alpha-male neanderthal know that publicly declaring your bigotry to the public is sure to get you spanked? And spanked he was: banned from the weekend’s All-Star game in Vegas. He continues to apologize, and continues to be dropped from organizations and games. He keeps saying he didn’t mean it, he doesn’t hate queerhomogays, blah-blah blah…but he obviously has some moronic demons to deal with there. (A blogger for the Houston Chronicle cleverly translates Hardaway’s apologies into what he actually means…it’s pretty good.)
Jesus. All this fallout over one former NBA player admitting he’s been a not-so-straight shooter all these years. Some progress we’ve made, hmmm? And despite what the right-wing asshats say, we gayfolk don’t expect everyone to fully embrace and love our cornholing ways. We just expect you to treat us respectfully like fellow humans, not filthy animals to be hated and avoided. You homophobes seriously need to relax. And grow the fuck up.
As a side note, that Houston Chronicle blogger brings up a good question: why don’t NBA/NFL locker rooms have private showers? Why are these grunting, neckless, über-hetero men gettin’ nekkid and wet together after a game? Sheesh…and they call us perverts.