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John Amaechi: The NBA is light years ahead of British football when it comes to dealing with gay players

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  1. No Gays in male dominated sports is much like denying women to participate; they don’t want to risk being publically humiliated by a “lesser” person. This machismo phobia translates into the lockerroom because the now “weaker” heterosexual men could be targets of the same degradation they give to women and gays.

    If they had a true team spirit, and a minuscule measure of intelligence, they would accept anyone that could make their team stronger. Until they accept everyone, none of their teams would have faced the best possible team formulation; today’s trophies merely indicate they were the best amongst the idiots and bigots, not the best the team could be.

    1. Helge Vladimir Tiller 30 Apr 2013, 12:18pm

      Like your comment, Aryugaetu. There is a long way to go.Everywhere- in The UK —and in my own Scandinavia as well !
      Warm thoughts !

    2. Robert in S. Kensington 30 Apr 2013, 12:24pm

      Totally agree with that. Perhaps this courageous man’s decision will break down more barriers not only in sport but also in other areas of public life. There are closeted people in all walks of life, particularly in religious hierarchies and governments who could learn a lesson in being honest and true to themselves. Well done, Jason Collins, you are an inspiration to many young gay people, that they are not alone and aren’t any different than their straight counterparts.

  2. Colin (London) 30 Apr 2013, 1:25pm

    Spot on comment… Up to brits to have the balls and brits to support them.

    Come on my fellow Brits lets get behind our sports men and women who are gay.

    You love there achievements… So what if they are gay? (To us gays thats a positive but to non gays it’s the sport that matters.)

  3. A rich comment from someone who waited in the safety of retirement for three years before coming out.

    1. What’s rich about it? He’s supporting Collins and criticisng the FA.

  4. I’m a supporter of Leeds United (Robbie Rogers former club) and can honestly say that I know of no fellow supporter that cares at all about Robbie Rogers sexuality. It is just not an issue. The only issue with Rogers was that he was not a very good player for us.

    I wish you wouldn’t peddle stereotypes over here that are just not true for the vast majority of fans.

    Britain is pretty open-minded about sexuality & when you can get past the stage of congratulating players for coming out as gay to the point of not caring at all about their sexuality then the world will be a better place for it.

    i’m not going to say anything about the stupid comment regarding the FAs preference to the animal that is Suarez.

    1. John’n talking about the FA and clubs not being accepting, not peddling stereotypes about fans – he’s been very vocal in saying that fans are far less of a problem and that they are much more progressive than the FA. He accused the FA’s aborted anti-homophobia advert of being snobbish and patronising towards fans by portraying homophobia as their preserve when the real problem is the old white men’s club in the FA as an institution.

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