*Charles Barkley never ceases to surprise the world of sports with his over the top comments and crazy, er, interesting ideas. On Monday, the ex-NBA player, and now TNT basketball analyst, expressed disgust with the league players who are really getting caught up with this whole sexual orientation issue.
He suggested that it’s not about what a man does in the bedroom. It’s about how they play. He even said he’s sure he played with gay teammates in the past.
“I didn’t think it … they were gay, he said on Monday about the Phoenix Suns President Rick Welts coming out.
In fact, he can recall possibly playing on three teams with gay players. But it didn’t bother him none. It was about winning and playing well together. And that whole locker room sacredness was not really an issue.
“A guy is never going to put himself in that situation in a professional locker room,” Barkley said. “It never crossed my mind, and I never felt any different about the guy.”
He then emphasized the importance to bring quality back to the game and get rid of sorry players.
“I really like ESPN,” Barkley added. “They do a great job. But like once every two or three months, they bring all these people on there, and they tell me how me and my team are going to respond to a gay guy. First of all, every player has played with gay guys. It bothers me when I hear these reporters and jocks get on TV and say: ‘Oh, no guy can come out in a team sport. These guys would go crazy.’ First of all, quit telling me what I think. I’d rather have a gay guy who can play than a straight guy who can’t play.”
The issue of homophobia is not only a problem, it’s a growing issue amidst the sports world especially with the gay rights movement flourishing at it greatest today.
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