In response to S5's comment:
In response to pumpsie-green'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. 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.