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Really? - we've already had gay athletes admit they are gay, now we have another one. Wow - the ramifications of this on the entire civil rights movement just can't be underestimated.
This post was edited by Bullwrinkle 12 months ago
Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity. - Frank Leahy.-- If you're going to be stupid, be smart about it. - Mike Milbury
Can you imagine if Tim Tebow came out as gay though?!
So don't pay attention if you don't care. Nobody is making you follow the story.
on the day the jets released him?!!?! the internet would explode
"Put your mother in a straight-jacket you punk ass white boy." ~ Mike Tyson
What rights do those people have now that they didn't have when they went to bed last night?
Let's not pretend this is a Jackie Robinson moment.
Mlive just posted a reaction from former Tigers OF and LBGT Activist Billy Bean....I had forgot about him.
The 1988 TIgers featured both Billy Bean and Billy Beane....the oft confused duo. Billy Beane, the Moneyball subject is often thought of as "gay" because of Billy Bean, who is gay.
Anyway, I'm trying to find a game where they both played at the same time.
It didn't happen. Billy Beane only played the month of April with the Tigers, 6 games total, and Billy Bean wasn't called up until Sept.
This post was edited by RPMadMSU 12 months ago
what new rights did black people have the day Jackie Robinson was signed that they didn't have the day before?
to say that this isn't a step toward progress is ignorant.
was trying to think of if any men have "come out" in any major europen sport.... certainly not in soccer... but I could name a few who it have been talked about, rugby is about the only sport I can think of where Gareth Thomas came out.... and probably the best ref in the world nigel owens.... but can't think of any...
Uh, how about the right to play major league baseball?
Don't click the porn at work......
"If you want to be the Man, then you have got to BE the Man." -- CA Sparty's Dad
Wouldn't surprise me one bit.
They had that "right" previous to Jackie Robinson playing in a game.
This post was edited by WavSpartan 12 months ago
It was a closed system, the owners and league controlled who played where. There is a reason that the Negro Leagues existed. And there is a reason there is no NBgAy.
Still wasn't earning a right. There is a reason people don't say Jackie Robinson gave black people the right to play baseball in the majors.
He broke the color barrier. A black person "hadn't" played in the major leagues. It doesn't mean that they didn't have the right to play all along....No owners were willing to shake it up.
You might not like that the Collins thing is news, but it is.
This OTL segment is getting awkward.
Chris Broussard.... He gone
Yeah...at first I thought it was a way for ESPN to bridge the Collins and the Tebow Stories....but that was just insane.
He can't keep his job after than, can he?
I think we've heard enough from that schtick. I'll wait for him to start his millionth user name now.
If you didn't see Broussard on OTL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKLJQSmswEc&feature=player_embedded
that is what i thought.... time and place... and this was neither.... that was car crash tv...
he may as well grab the seat next to wob parker........
This post was edited by sarcyspice 12 months ago
ESPN cut out the actual controversial part, disregard the link
Here are Broussard's comments on OTL: http://deadspin.com/espns-chris-broussard-says-being-gay-is-an-open-rebel-484708467
It's not as big a deal as people are making it, I agree; but it's one step closer to the day when it's not an issue.
"This was a great Spartan day." --Walter Adams
Before you ask, yes, I am a girl.
I'm happy for the kids all over the country/world who can continue to see that you can be who you are, while still striving to your dreams. I hope others follow and this becomes a nonissue in our society. But don't minimize the courage on display here. Being gay is certainly not a non-issue yet.
This post was edited by TheBobcat 12 months ago
My shovel is sharp, my pick is sharp, and my will is outstanding.
I didn't make a Jackie Robinson comparison.
Sexual preference isn't readily apparent to onlookers. Race is. Until today, no athlete still participating in a major American sport had been openly gay. The primary reason that no active athlete in a major sport had been open about his homosexuality is that there is a price to pay for being openly homosexual.
That price comes both in the form of state-sanctioned discrimination against homosexuals (through the denial of government issued licenses, which in turn limit probate rights, adoption rights, access to insurance, access to tax benefits, etc.) and social discrimination (guys don't treat you the same around the water cooler).
So for those of us endeavoring to put an end to discrimination based on sexual preference, having professional athletes--who often serve as prominent role models--openly admit their homosexuality is a really, really, really big deal.
Don't minimize it.
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