Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/17/14

Society has progressed when it comes to accepting people for who they are regardless of sexual preference, but sports locker rooms are still a place that have a ways to go. Boxer Orlando Cruz recently revealed that he is gay, but there has yet to be an NFL, MLB, or NBA player who has come out while he was playing. Houston Texans running back Arian Foster feels people are more accepting these days and doesn’t think it will be much longer before a football player comes out. Athletes who were considering making such a bold move might think again after reading Torii Hunter’s comments. Hunter is a four-time All-Star and has played in the majors since 1997. He was considered a clubhouse leader with the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels, and he told the Los Angeles Times that having a gay teammate would be “difficult and uncomfortable.” “For me, as a Christian … I will be uncomfortable because in all my teachings and all my learning, biblically, it’s not right,” Hunter told the Times. “It will be difficult and uncomfortable.” Kevin Baxter, who wrote a lengthy piece for the Times on gays in sports, described Hunter as saying that a gay teammate could divide a team. It’s a disappointing view from someone who seems to be so great at uniting his teammates. One would think that players would accept a teammate no matter what if the player helped them win games. Perhaps Hunter would change his mind if he learned that one of his past teammates was gay, or if a prominent player came out. Even though many NFL players have recently said they would not have a problem with a gay teammate, the comments of Hunter and someone like Falcons receiver Roddy White tells us there would still be plenty of skepticism. H/T Eye on Baseball Photo credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

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4 Comments:
  • I think there are guys in the locker room that need to get a grip on their own personal identity. WHY exactly would it be uncomfortable to have a teammate who was openly gay? Trust me, guy, if you are straight, he is NOT going to be hitting on you! Straight guys may well hit on anything with a box, and know they will get shut down 9 out of ten times. But they are not going to be hitting on gay guys because that's not their 'thing'. Right? The same holds true for gays. They are not going to be hitting on opposite sex or straight guys. Why? That's not their thing. So the guys in the locker room who are uncomfortable about having a gay teammate in the locker room are revealing a lot more about themselves than they might well imagine - be it personal insecurities or merely personal ignorance. Uncomfortable? I'll bet that hasn't stopped them from hitting on lesbian women, so it's not the "gay factor" with which they are uncomfortable. It is, getting back to the basic issue, their own insecurities. So ... once again I say ... they need to get over it.
  • Need to get over it if real heros (soldiers) can except it so can you
  • When my only son told his Mom and me that he was "gay", I looked him straight in the eyes and said, "Okay. Do you realize that there is no future in that?" "Do you understand that it ends with you?" He still has no clue what I really meant. I think he doesn't want to simply because the reality is too damning. No kids, no legacy is no way to live. Yes you can try it, but guess what? You will end up alone at the end. So whatever man. Have at it. Just don't shove it in my face! Oh and don't try to mess with my genetics to make yourselves somehow legit.
  • Society has progressed, but not all of us have. You are exhibit A.

    We no longer live in medieval times where genetics alone qualify, exclusively, valid lineage. Your pea-brain may be stuck in the past, but for the majority of the rest of the enlightened, educated population of the planet earth, this is no longer the case.

    Adoption. Ever heard of it?

    No? How about artificial insemination, and surrogates?

    You can't be -completely- ignorant of the options your son has for raising a family.

    Or maybe you can.

    But you're wrong.

    We all wind up alone in the very end, by the way. Nothing changes that.

    Deal with it.
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