Bryant, Noah, McDowell: Quite the Ménage à Trois

28 May

L'Amour, L'Amour, L'Amour

Thanks to my friend Jen Lockett for inspiring this story.  That past few months have done nothing to encourage LGBT youth to engage in sports.  In April we witnessed Klassy Kobe with his Queer Bashing.  Then in May, Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell made national headlines for making anti-gay slurs at a group of fans in San Francisco. “He also made crude gestures at the fans, in full view of children who were in the crowd,” McDowell’s over the top homophobia may be an indication that he is spending time in bathroom stalls tapping his foot waiting for Larry Craig.  And to round out this trio of twisted troglodytes, we had Joakim Noah also using the word “faggot,” perhaps he was addressing a love interest.

While all three bigots made the 3 minute obligatory apologies, none of them rang true.  When will it become completely unacceptable to use homophobic epithets?  John Amaechi, the now retired and openly gay NBA star recalls how painful it was for him upon coming out:

First of all, I wouldn’t want him on my team,” Hardaway told a radio host in 2007. “You know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known. I don’t like gay people and I don’t like to be around gay people. I am homophobic. I don’t like it. It shouldn’t be in the world or in the United States.

My personal experience is that men who truly are heterosexual and comfortable being heterosexual have absolutely no problem with gays.  However, those that are not secure in their sexuality seem to prove to be squeaky wheels, or at least they were being squeaked. Again, I ask when is enough enough?  When do we stop rewarding bigoted behavior?  When will companies like Nike say: “sorry, but we don’t want homophobic bigots representing our company?  Click here to see the full article.

5 Responses to “Bryant, Noah, McDowell: Quite the Ménage à Trois”

  1. FloridaSqueezed May 28, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    “That past few months have done nothing to encourage LGBT youth to engage in sports.”

    But this isn’t exactly true… Phoenix Suns President, Rick Welts came out of the closet in the New York Times. While he may not be a player, he’s in a better position to cause people to re-think their attitudes.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/16/sports/basketball/nba-executive-says-he-is-gay.html

  2. Jennifer Lockett May 28, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

    Anyone who hasn’t read John Amaechi’s book, should. His story is inspiring: http://www.johnamaechi.com/john/

    PS: Michael, you can also follow him on twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/johnamaechi

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt May 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

      Thanks for the link, Jen. Do you get a kickback from Twitter?

      • Jennifer Lockett May 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

        I just love the twitter and will continue to attempt to get you on it!!

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