Open Phones: Talking to Openly Gay Athletes

Monday, April 15, 2013

NBA Center Jason Collins just became the first NBA player to come out of the closet. Brian Lehrer takes calls from people who've had personal experience as an openly gay athlete. 

Comments [14]

therefore what

2017: " NFL admits that everything about american football is gay"

Apr. 15 2013 01:17 PM

Sorry, the "openly gay" coach from Westbrook, CT isn't making any sense... he's a better coach for coming out (although I'm not sure why his sexuality is relevant to his coaching), but he thinks it's appropriate for gay kids to wait until after HS to come out. ?? That's completely contradictory. How can gay kids "be themselves" if they pretend to be something they're not?

Apr. 15 2013 10:47 AM
lcruz from brooklyn

so, considering that gay athletes will be attracted towards their same sex team partners, does that not open the possibility for distractions ? as possibly in in female/male shared locker rooms ?

Apr. 15 2013 10:44 AM
tim from nyc

openly gay vs first black? honestly.

Apr. 15 2013 10:42 AM
john from office

It is hard enough to be a boy in high school. To be gay in high school and out must be a nightmare.

Apr. 15 2013 10:42 AM
John A

College and me in the 1970's was such that I didn't recognize my own roomate (1 of 3) was gay. Ten years later in the workplace all was integrated much like today, thanks to a tolerant boss.

Apr. 15 2013 10:41 AM

More homophobic? Maybe in full contact sports but not in others such as skiing, tennis, and figure skating. So I think it would be easier being openly out in baseball than in football, basketball, or wrestling.

Apr. 15 2013 10:41 AM
Meredith from Milford CT

This is a complete non-issue in roller derby.

Apr. 15 2013 10:40 AM
Matt from Brooklyn

By the way, soccer (MLS) is now a "major professional sports league" in the United States, outdrawing the NHL in terms of attendance. At some point the media will recognize this.

More relevant to the topic, Robbie Rogers, a USMNT player and former MLS-er, recently came out. He has decided to step away from the game for a while, but should he change his mind, the fans of MLS would be more than happy to have him back.

Apr. 15 2013 10:38 AM
Brenda from New York City

Mr. Lehrer - Could you please address/discuss the differences between female athletes and male athletes in terms of the 'closet'?
I suspect that this is much more of a male or machismo issue than it is a gay intolerance issue.

Apr. 15 2013 10:38 AM
foodaggro from Brooklyn

Yes - this will be a real game-changer (pun intended).

Apr. 15 2013 10:35 AM
Nathan from Hoboken, NJ

I don't play team sports, but rock climb: it is almost a non-event when people come out in the climbing community, from my experience since climbers tend to be so into the interesting connection between the individualism of hanging off the mountain with the team work of it all. What matters most is competency, since a mistake can costs a life.

Beyond that, I am not sure why we care what professional athletes do at all: they are a human version of trained circus animals: simply here to entertain us with their physicality, not their minds cf. a Kardashian.

Apr. 15 2013 10:35 AM
Robert from NYC

YES they should come out! I played with a professional football player (and we didn't play football) in the 70s when they should have come out then! The 70s was the coming out decade it should have happened then and not only in professional sports but everywhere and by everyone... who was gay that is! Come out, come out wherever you are, whoever you are, whenever you are!

Apr. 15 2013 10:34 AM
Randi from Brooklyn

FYI - Major League Baseball added sexual orientation to the anti-discrimination clause of the last Collective Bargaining Agreement

Apr. 15 2013 10:32 AM

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