could we accept a Jason Collins walking thru those Fenway doors today with RED SOX on his jersey?

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    In response to softlaw2's comment:

    Engaging in a narrative with persons who use "gay" and "coming out" is like talking to an ant, except the ant is much smarter and wiser.




    Thats because of your limited knowledge Softy. What does it say about you if you do not know the meaning of those terms?

     
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    The Celtics biggest problems this year has been missing a legitimate PG, Rondo, but also, and it's been this way for a couple of years, we are usually last in rebounding. We had Jason Collins but despite needing a rebounder & good defender, traded him because he was a mediocre big man. I think his coming out was more of a attention getting event because he had never been in the limelight. Personally, and I recall in the Military, solders did not want to come out 50 some years ago.

    Why, because there is obviously some Stigma to being gay and some gays are troubled & wish a catharsis re: this issue. Personally, I see no need to come out. Stay in the closet. And when many do, they become militant, defiant & do toss it in your face and get involved with Gay Freedom Day parades etc. I don't come out and say I'm heterosexual as it's no ones business. I don't come out and say I have a Latin name but I'm really an Anglo or I'm Irish, Italian, Mexican etc. & I want to disclose it. An athlete's worth is their performance & interacting in sports with their teammates to provide a winning and exciting team for fans to enjoy. Why do we need know their or anyone's sexual preference ??? Jackie Robinson was different  and had a bonifide right although he bit his tongue frequently to be militant & boast his race too as we could see his color but a gay, unless he is blatantly effeminate, need not disclose what is not obvious.

     
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    I recall a scene in the book Going the Other Way by former major leaguer Billy Bean (not the Oakland general manager). The night after Bean hit his first MLB homerun, Padre teammates Brad Ausmus and Trevor Hoffman showed up on his doorstep with a 12-pack to celebrate. Bean had been having a romantic dinner with his partner, who literally hid in a closet while the teammates polished off the beer.

    There is something terribly sad about that scene.

    http://www.nytimes.com/1999/09/07/sports/baseball-bean-s-friends-former-teammates-give-him-their-unconditional-acceptance.html

     
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    The Celtics biggest problems this year has been missing a legitimate PG, Rondo, but also, and it's been this way for a couple of years, we are usually last in rebounding. We had Jason Collins but despite needing a rebounder & good defender, traded him because he was a mediocre big man. I think his coming out was more of a attention getting event because he had never been in the limelight. Personally, and I recall in the Military, solders did not want to come out 50 some years ago.

    Why, because there is obviously some Stigma to being gay and some gays are troubled & wish a catharsis re: this issue. Personally, I see no need to come out. Stay in the closet. And when many do, they become militant, defiant & do toss it in your face and get involved with Gay Freedom Day parades etc. I don't come out and say I'm heterosexual as it's no ones business. I don't come out and say I have a Latin name but I'm really an Anglo or I'm Irish, Italian, Mexican etc. & I want to disclose it. An athlete's worth is their performance & interacting in sports with their teammates to provide a winning and exciting team for fans to enjoy. Why do we need know their or anyone's sexual preference ??? Jackie Robinson was different  and had a bonifide right although he bit his tongue frequently to be militant & boast his race too as we could see his color but a gay, unless he is blatantly effeminate, need not disclose what is not obvious.




    Its hard for me to understand this kind of opinion. What I am hearing is that its OK to be gay as long as you keep it private. I have a suggestion for you: for every time you say "gay" or "homosexual", substitute the word "black". Its the same thing, but to folks like you it probably seems much more bigoted. Its not. Both minorities remain disadvantaged and oppressed, unlike Irish and Italians. Silly me; I thought this was a country of EQUAL rights.

     
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    In many Native-American cultures, a homosexual person was referred to as having "twin spirits".  This was considered of great value to the community, the ability to access both male and female spirit.  I agree with this notion.

     
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    It will take as long as it took for players of color to become a nonissue. A very long time. Some folks here say its not an issue for them; for gay people now as it was for people of color decades ago, its a BIG issue. Its so easy for white heterosexual males to dismiss this as a nonissue when it only tangentially affects them. 

    I was at a dive sports bar last night prior to the NYY.  Collins was a non-story.  Nobody looked at the TV when he was discussed, no one mentioned it in a discussion, and no one cared.

    To be perfectly honest, the only thing that I was surprised at was that he was the first.  I thought others had come out.  That's how much of a non-issue it is.

     
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    Who cares !

     
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    In response to LloydDobler's comment:

    I think it says much about our society that when Brittney Griner came out, nobody cared. When Jason Collins came out, there were strong opinions on both sides.

     

     



    Mostly because no one knows who Griner is.

    And I doubt there are a lot of strong opinions out there about Collins.  Who has objected so far?

     
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    In response to hill55's comment:

     

    In response to S5's comment:

    I don't think the question is whether we as fans could accept a gay player.  My concern is that the player can pull his own weight and contribute to the team, regardless of sexual persuasion. I think the question is what it would do to the clubhouse chemistry.

     

    Let's face it, heteroexual guys.  We're pigs.  When we see someone we're physically attracted to our eyes don't always go to her eyes.  Wink   Smile   Are gay guys any different?

    The clubhouse is a very tight knit community with an assumption (whether correct or not) of complete heterosexuality.  Having an integrated locker room with players running around with only a towel (or less) on could prove to be very distracting for both the gay and straight players. 

    With opinions of homosexuality vs heterosexuality running as strong as they do I can see having a gay player being something that could polarize a locker room and therefore a team.

    So my question, and it is a serious question, is this:  Where do the rights of a gay player to "pursue his trade" fall within the realm of an owner who wants to maintain a harmonious clubhouse?



    Wasn't that an issue when Jackie Robinson integrated Major League Baseball?

     

     



    Jackie Robinson played in an all- black baseball league before playing for the Dodgers. Collins did not play in an all- gay basketball league before the N.B.A.

     

    This is different. And Robinson could not hide the color of his skin.



    No, Robinson could not hide the color of his skin-he was born that way. Nor should Collins have to hide what he was born as either. He should feel free to come out of the closet-or not-and not have a single critical comment made about it. It seems that some folks here have an issue with it though. And thats sad. Fortunately, society is changing and eventually homophobia will be relegated to its proper position.

     
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    In response to LloydDobler's comment:

     

    I think it says much about our society that when Brittney Griner came out, nobody cared. When Jason Collins came out, there were strong opinions on both sides.

     

     

     



    Mostly because no one knows who Griner is.

     

    And I doubt there are a lot of strong opinions out there about Collins.  Who has objected so far?

     



    Just for fun, I went to Bloomberg to see the strong opinions.  I had trouble even finding the articles, let alone seeing strong opinions.  Besides, this being 21st century, diversity of opinions is shut down really, really fast.

     

     
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    In response to softlaw2's comment:

    What if Billy Graham walked through Fenway doors, today, wearing a Red Sox jersey.

    And what if somone asked you to define "gay" and "coming out", in the context it's being used today. How would you define it.




    As I said on another thread, I would cerainly be willing to listen to the loving Billy Graham on this issue.  I would definitely respect his point of view, as I could rest assured that HE would discuss it from a truly loving Christian perspective.

    Whenever Stiffy mentions Billy Graham, it turns my stomach!  I'm not even sure Billy Graham could discuss Stiffy in a loving tone???  Stiffy's loathful & hate-filled tone and tenor when discussing Homosexuality proves beyond the shaddow of a doubt that he is a CINO!  Yes!  Christian In Name Only!  I guess the Stiffster missed ALL THOSE SERMONS on PRIDE???? 

    p.s.  Stiffler??  I thought ALL SIN was 'equally abhorant in the eyes of God?'  What was that saying about "Pride comes before ___________?"

    Ask yourself......  Does Stiffy come at this with  a 'loving heart,' as HIS religion & God dictates?  What does God say about "those you OPENLY & WILLFULLY" disobey him?  This would constitute "living in sin!  Living openly in defiance of Gods will & laws."  IRONIC isn't it, that this is Stiffy's argument against homosexuality?  What was that God said???  Though shalt not.......

    You gotta love truly dumb people like Stiffy, whose thinking is truly a MILE WIDE & an 1/2 INCH DEEP!  Stiffy "the lawyer,"  the "Christian" couldn't think his way out of a paper bag! 

    p.s.  Why does Stiffy insist upon constantly TELLING US about his LIFESTYLE CHOICES???  To be a phony lawyer & christian???

     
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    In response to Joebreidey's comment:

    Mostly because no one knows who Griner is.

    And I doubt there are a lot of strong opinions out there about Collins.  Who has objected so far?



    Bet more  people have heard of Griner than Jason Collins. And as for  who  has objected  ...  haven't you been reading this thread and others  on BDC?

     

     
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    In response to BostonProSportsLover's comment:

    In response to pumpsie-green's comment:

    In response to SFBostonFan's comment:

    The Celtics biggest problems this year has been missing a legitimate PG, Rondo, but also, and it's been this way for a couple of years, we are usually last in rebounding. We had Jason Collins but despite needing a rebounder & good defender, traded him because he was a mediocre big man. I think his coming out was more of a attention getting event because he had never been in the limelight. Personally, and I recall in the Military, solders did not want to come out 50 some years ago.

    Why, because there is obviously some Stigma to being gay and some gays are troubled & wish a catharsis re: this issue. Personally, I see no need to come out. Stay in the closet. And when many do, they become militant, defiant & do toss it in your face and get involved with Gay Freedom Day parades etc. I don't come out and say I'm heterosexual as it's no ones business. I don't come out and say I have a Latin name but I'm really an Anglo or I'm Irish, Italian, Mexican etc. & I want to disclose it. An athlete's worth is their performance & interacting in sports with their teammates to provide a winning and exciting team for fans to enjoy. Why do we need know their or anyone's sexual preference ??? Jackie Robinson was different  and had a bonifide right although he bit his tongue frequently to be militant & boast his race too as we could see his color but a gay, unless he is blatantly effeminate, need not disclose what is not obvious.

     

    Its hard for me to understand this kind of opinion. What I am hearing is that its OK to be gay as long as you keep it private. I have a suggestion for you: for every time you say "gay" or "homosexual", substitute the word "black". Its the same thing, but to folks like you it probably seems much more bigoted. Its not. Both minorities remain disadvantaged and oppressed, unlike Irish and Italians. Silly me; I thought this was a country of EQUAL rights.

     



    these types r the same ones who will say actual blacks should just keep it private and b like clarence thomas and condemn ur own. its a joke. , say nothing or b race "neutral. just dont b anything that conflicts with their COMFORT level. bunch of straight guys oowing and ahhhing about the hot gals they love and nailed, no beef, not being external about their sexuality. a gay guy cant do it, if he does nothin but just says what he is, its throwing it in their face.. laughable!




    From my above post, one might assume I'd side with this post.

    Nice to see the other side step up & sound as ignorant as Stiffy!

     
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    In response to LloydDobler's comment:

    In response to Joebreidey's comment:

     

    Mostly because no one knows who Griner is.

    And I doubt there are a lot of strong opinions out there about Collins.  Who has objected so far?

     



    Bet more  people have heard of Griner than Jason Collins. And as for  who  has objected  ...  haven't you been reading this thread and others  on BDC?

     

     



    I went to the trouble of skimming over all the posts.  I have Softlaw on ignore, so I can't read his.

    The rest ran in favor of Collins by about a 95% margin.

    Two posts said they'd feel uncomfortable with him in the shower at the same time, with one of them making the analogy of women and men showering together.  Nobody said anything negative about gays.  This is Rosie O'Donnell all over again.  No one cared about her.  No one cares about Collins.

    I feel as if the press is screaming out 'WHY DOES THIS CONTINUE TO BE SUCH A BIG DEAL?'.

    Then, not getting noticed, screams it out again.  Nobody at work mentioned it.  Nobody at the local sports dive mentioned it.  No one here objected to it.  The thread itself practically begged for someone to object.  It's a strawman argument.  You're trying to find out why so many people are talking about it, and yet, the only people talking about it are the people wondering why so many people are talking about it.

    To be honest, it feels like the pro-Collins people are the ones trying to keep the issue alive.

     
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    In response to S5's comment:

    I don't think the question is whether we as fans could accept a gay player.  My concern is that the player can pull his own weight and contribute to the team, regardless of sexual persuasion. I think the question is what it would do to the clubhouse chemistry.

     

    Let's face it, heteroexual guys.  We're pigs.  When we see someone we're physically attracted to our eyes don't always go to her eyes.  Wink   Smile   Are gay guys any different?

    The clubhouse is a very tight knit community with an assumption (whether correct or not) of complete heterosexuality.  Having an integrated locker room with players running around with only a towel (or less) on could prove to be very distracting for both the gay and straight players. 

    With opinions of homosexuality vs heterosexuality running as strong as they do I can see having a gay player being something that could polarize a locker room and therefore a team.

    So my question, and it is a serious question, is this:  Where do the rights of a gay player to "pursue his trade" fall within the realm of an owner who wants to maintain a harmonious clubhouse?



    Wasn't that an issue when Jackie Robinson integrated Major League Baseball?

     

     



    Jackie Robinson played in an all- black baseball league before playing for the Dodgers. Collins did not play in an all- gay basketball league before the N.B.A.

     

    This is different. And Robinson could not hide the color of his skin.

     



    No, Robinson could not hide the color of his skin-he was born that way. Nor should Collins have to hide what he was born as either. He should feel free to come out of the closet-or not-and not have a single critical comment made about it. It seems that some folks here have an issue with it though. And thats sad. Fortunately, society is changing and eventually homophobia will be relegated to its proper position.

     



    It is I again, S5 of the original reply. 

    First let me say that I'm as accepting as anyone you'll find of another's sexual preference.  I had a gay friend who was killed as the result of a hate crime against him. He was a great guy and did not deserve to die because of his sexual preference.  So I have some experience in gays being treated badly.

    My question went beyond the emotions of right and wrong as they pertain to homosexuality.  They instead went to the rights of both gays and non-gays.  I certainly agree that Collins SHOULD be able to come out of the closet and not have comments made about it.

    But what about the owners?  Don't the owners also have a right to not pick up a gay player solely if the owners believed that having a gay player in the locker room would be a distraction to the team?  Is that discrimination?  Players like Milton Bradley and Jose Offermann are minority players who had their careers cut short not because they were a minority but because their behaviours were a disruption to the team.  Can a gay be denied being on a team for the same reason?

    I don't have any answers or even any opinions on this.  I'm just throwing it out looking for thoughtful responses. 

     

     
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    In response to mryazz's comment:

    the most hateful, unforgiving, close-minded people on this planet are self-proclaimed christians. they can't believe a person is born a homosexual, but they can believe in noah's ark. again, unbelievable! 

    i read recently where 20% of this country is atheistic and it's growing every year. perhaps there is hope.



    While it is perfectly reasonable to mock pretend Christians who demagogue issues like this in order to express their own personal hate, it is unreasonable & equally deplorable to mock and denegrate an entire religion.

    you aught to know better than to judge all, or even most Christians based on the phony Stiffler!

    He clearly has nothing to do with God!

     
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    I don't think the question is whether we as fans could accept a gay player.  My concern is that the player can pull his own weight and contribute to the team, regardless of sexual persuasion. I think the question is what it would do to the clubhouse chemistry.

     

    Let's face it, heteroexual guys.  We're pigs.  When we see someone we're physically attracted to our eyes don't always go to her eyes.  Wink   Smile   Are gay guys any different?

    The clubhouse is a very tight knit community with an assumption (whether correct or not) of complete heterosexuality.  Having an integrated locker room with players running around with only a towel (or less) on could prove to be very distracting for both the gay and straight players. 

    With opinions of homosexuality vs heterosexuality running as strong as they do I can see having a gay player being something that could polarize a locker room and therefore a team.

    So my question, and it is a serious question, is this:  Where do the rights of a gay player to "pursue his trade" fall within the realm of an owner who wants to maintain a harmonious clubhouse?



    Wasn't that an issue when Jackie Robinson integrated Major League Baseball?

     
    Jackie Robinson played in an all- black baseball league before playing for the Dodgers. Collins did not play in an all- gay basketball league before the N.B.A.

     

    This is different. And Robinson could not hide the color of his skin.

     

    No, Robinson could not hide the color of his skin-he was born that way. Nor should Collins have to hide what he was born as either. He should feel free to come out of the closet-or not-and not have a single critical comment made about it. It seems that some folks here have an issue with it though. And thats sad. Fortunately, society is changing and eventually homophobia will be relegated to its proper position.



    It is I again, S5 of the original reply. 

     

    First let me say that I'm as accepting as anyone you'll find of another's sexual preference.  I had a gay friend who was killed as the result of a hate crime against him. He was a great guy and did not deserve to die because of his sexual preference.  So I have some experience in gays being treated badly.

    My question went beyond the emotions of right and wrong as they pertain to homosexuality.  They instead went to the rights of both gays and non-gays.  I certainly agree that Collins SHOULD be able to come out of the closet and not have comments made about it.

    But what about the owners?  Don't the owners also have a right to not pick up a gay player solely if the owners believed that having a gay player in the locker room would be a distraction to the team?  Is that discrimination?  Players like Milton Bradley and Jose Offermann are minority players who had their careers cut short not because they were a minority but because their behaviours were a disruption to the team.  Can a gay be denied being on a team for the same reason?

    I don't have any answers or even any opinions on this.  I'm just throwing it out looking for thoughtful responses. 




    I don't know S5, one minute you sound so reasonable and enlightened, and the next you sound like ???  I really don't want to say....

    You're right S5, any business owner should be able to keep gays from being hired to work in their establishment simply because it might make someone uncomfortable.

    Good thinking! 

     
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    In response to pumpsie-green's comment:

     

     

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    I don't think the question is whether we as fans could accept a gay player.  My concern is that the player can pull his own weight and contribute to the team, regardless of sexual persuasion. I think the question is what it would do to the clubhouse chemistry.

     

    Let's face it, heteroexual guys.  We're pigs.  When we see someone we're physically attracted to our eyes don't always go to her eyes.  Wink   Smile   Are gay guys any different?

    The clubhouse is a very tight knit community with an assumption (whether correct or not) of complete heterosexuality.  Having an integrated locker room with players running around with only a towel (or less) on could prove to be very distracting for both the gay and straight players. 

    With opinions of homosexuality vs heterosexuality running as strong as they do I can see having a gay player being something that could polarize a locker room and therefore a team.

    So my question, and it is a serious question, is this:  Where do the rights of a gay player to "pursue his trade" fall within the realm of an owner who wants to maintain a harmonious clubhouse?



    Wasn't that an issue when Jackie Robinson integrated Major League Baseball?

     

     



    Jackie Robinson played in an all- black baseball league before playing for the Dodgers. Collins did not play in an all- gay basketball league before the N.B.A.

     

    This is different. And Robinson could not hide the color of his skin.

     



    No, Robinson could not hide the color of his skin-he was born that way. Nor should Collins have to hide what he was born as either. He should feel free to come out of the closet-or not-and not have a single critical comment made about it. It seems that some folks here have an issue with it though. And thats sad. Fortunately, society is changing and eventually homophobia will be relegated to its proper position.

     

     



    It is I again, S5 of the original reply. 

     

    First let me say that I'm as accepting as anyone you'll find of another's sexual preference.  I had a gay friend who was killed as the result of a hate crime against him. He was a great guy and did not deserve to die because of his sexual preference.  So I have some experience in gays being treated badly.

    My question went beyond the emotions of right and wrong as they pertain to homosexuality.  They instead went to the rights of both gays and non-gays.  I certainly agree that Collins SHOULD be able to come out of the closet and not have comments made about it.

    But what about the owners?  Don't the owners also have a right to not pick up a gay player solely if the owners believed that having a gay player in the locker room would be a distraction to the team?  Is that discrimination?  Players like Milton Bradley and Jose Offermann are minority players who had their careers cut short not because they were a minority but because their behaviours were a disruption to the team.  Can a gay be denied being on a team for the same reason?

    I don't have any answers or even any opinions on this.  I'm just throwing it out looking for thoughtful responses. 

     




    But what about the owners?  Don't the owners also have a right to not pick up a gay player solely if the owners believed that having a gay player in the locker room would be a distraction to the team?

     

    Substitute "black" for "gay" and you have your answer.

     
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    Maybe one day when equality for everyone has been reached things like this will not be an issue. That day has not yet arrived, so, unfortunately, it IS still an issue. Because of Collins there will be kids looking up thinking that the way they are is not so bad after all-if a professional basketball player can come out then that kid might think the door is open to him or her too.

     

     




    I get that it is an important story,  but breaking news?  It is a good sign that more and more people are seeing it as a non-issue.

     

     


    I agree to some extent.  I think it is a great sign that more and more people are seeing it as a non-issue.  And, perhaps ironically, Jason Collins being such a big issue will help make it more of a non-issue.  

    However, we have a long way to go before it is really a non-issue.



    To be a non-issue for all?  Possibly never, Space...maybe in 10,000 years.  Because it's hard to imagine a world without bigots.  But other parts of the entertainment business (music, film, diving, tennis) seem to be able to cope with this (non-)issue.

    I think it's a huge story because he's the first in the US to come out.  And that is great for other gay athletes that might sick of hiding their true selves, sick of not being able to tell their teammates about their partner, or last night's conquest...and great for the children still being bullied by mini-Softlaws and 67redsoxes about something over which they have no control and isn't bad anyway.

    The next few such stories will get fewer column inches then it will stop being reported.  And that will be the true day to celebrate.

     

     
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    @ RSDD & Pumpsie...

    C'mon guys.  I'm trying to have a reasonable discussion, exploring both sides of this issue.  Quit painting me like a homophobe.  If you knew me you'd know that I am most certainly not. 

    I agree that Collins should be able to play for whomever would hire him, just like everyone else.  And if we lived in a perfect world this wouldn't be an issue.  But do you deny that having an open gay in the locker room might be a distraction to some heterosexual players?  Hatred of gays is something that's very deeply rooted in many Christians and a large number of professional athletes are devout Christians.  Is it unreasonable to think that a few of these players are going to carry some deeply rooted prejudices agains gays?  Or am I not giving the players enough credit?  Can't we agree that forcing an openly gay player into a locker room with one or more players who may be homophobic may be a recipe for disaster?

    All I'm asking is whether the owners have an obligation to pick up a player whom they think might be harmful to team chemistry - for ANY reason.

    IMO from the point of view of the owners it's a balancing act.  Everyone brings different things to a team, some positive and some negative.  Shouldn't it be up to the owners to decide whether the negatives outweigh the positives? 

    When we pull our heads out of the sand we realize that the owners are in this to make money.  Jackie Robinson wasn't picked up because he was black.  He was picked up because he was one Hell of a player who was also black.  The owners picked Robinson up because in the opinion of the owners his positives outweighed the negatives and had the potential to make more money for the owners. 

    Placing a black player in an all-white clubhouse was a "social experiment" that worked, but the reason it worked was because Robinson was an outstanding player.   However, in the meantime many outstanding players weren't allowed to play because of their color.  Satchel Page is a great example of that.  (One of my favorite quotes comes from Page when asked if he regretted not being allowed to play against the greatest players of his time. He replied, "What makes you think I didn't?") 

    The primary issue isn't Collin's sexual orientation.  That's the secondary issue.  The primary issue is that he's not the Jackie Robinson of basketball.  He's not "that" good.

    We need to get to a point where gays are not "gay players", but instead they're players who happen to be gay. I just don't think we're there yet and it'll take someone of the stature and courage of Robinson to make it happen.  When that player is found there'll be another "social experiment" just like the one with Robinson and it will have the same outcome. 

    But in the meantime, what do we do?  Do we pressure owners to pick up marginal gay players because they're gay and force that social experiment on them, or do we allow nature to take its course like what happened with Robinson?  Or is there another option I'm not seeing?

    Evolution takes time.

     

     

     
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    Re: could we accept a Jason Collins walking thru those Fenway doors today with RED SOX on his jersey?

    Heres a serious question I have.

    People say that gay guys dont choose to be gay. Im not sure I believe that.
    So my question to that is how did he have sex with a woman for 8 years and probably before that as well?

    Now, if hes attracted to men, and women dont do anything for him, how did he perform for all those years?

    Im not attracted to men and I can tell you that there is no way I would get aroused, never mind doing it for a number of years. So how can he, unless its a choice?

    Im just trying to understand this. How can they say i isnt a choice If you can perform with women all those years. Men just dont work that way.

     
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