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Is There A Place For Gays In Sports?

January 31st 2013 00:22
I was getting ready to write my Super Bowl preview when i was looking what was one NFL.com and i found an article saying that the 49ers's Chris Culiver said "i do not want any gays on our team, get them outta here". This got me thinking that if there was an openly gay player on any team in the NFL,would they be accepted or would they be ridiculed. I wonder how the players would react to having a gay man in the locker room, and if the fans would make fun of him. But then i realized that it should not matter if a athlete is gay or straight, if he wants to play the game of football he should have as much of a chance as a straight man. he should not have to worry about that he will be judged or made fun by fans or even his teammates. While im sure this might not happen in the near future, as evidenced by many players openly saying that they would not want a gay player on their team. what gives NFL players the right to say that a gay guy should not be able to play with team. i will draw back to the first black athlete, Jackie Robinson, a baseball player who broke down the color barrier in sports. i do not know for a fact if he was harassed by fans and players at first, but i would think that he was. I think that what is needed is for a gay player to play in the NFL or any sport and to show the world that they have the same ability to play as anyone else, the same way Robinson did. while i do not think that this will happen for a while because many players would not even want to know if a teammate was gay. Culiver said "if a player is gay, i do not wanna know, say that 10 years later". It is ignorance like this that will delay any openly gay player from being in any sport. i truly hope that there will be a time when gay players could b in sports, but the reality seems to be that it will not happen for awhile.

I am interested what everyone has to say about this, please leave a comment below.

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