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Steve Nash says a gay player would not be big deal

May 30, 2011, 8:14 AM EDT

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The coming out of Suns CEO Rick Welts as a gay an — and the simple acceptance of that around the league — has led to the next question:

What would happen if an active player came out as gay?

Steve Nash doesn’t think it would be as big a deal inside the locker room as some do, he told Howard Beck of the New York Times in an interview.

If a player in the locker room came out, it would come and go quickly, too. I really don’t think it’s a big issue anymore. I think it would be surprisingly accepted, and a shorter shelf life than maybe we would imagine. I think the time has come when it should happen soon. I think it will be something that won’t take on this life of its own. It won’t be the O. J. trial.

Reactions would vary player to player, but I would like think Nash is right. What would speed acceptance is the quality of the player — if a good rotation player on a good team comes out, his teammates and most fans would care about the winning and what he brings to court. Not who he sleeps with.

Like Nash said, we may well find out sooner that some think.

  1. 1historian - May 30, 2011 at 8:44 AM

    Given this remark by Nash and his having come out against the Arizona immigration law last year to the extent of wearing those silly shirts for a game (More?) there is surely someone out there with a snarky comment combining the two.

    Gentlemen you have the floor.

  2. randysavage4ever - May 30, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    What a horrendous analogy to the OJ trial… please leave that alone.

    Nash is saying his perspective from a liberal white guy…he does not represent the general consensus of the league…

    majority of league is black & come from different cultural backgrounds, some where gays are not accepted or looked down upon

    Most NBA players come from an urban upbringing. And the urban culture especially in relation to basketball does not have a lot of MINDFULNESS for gays…

    Yeah I do NOT agree with the culture. BUT LETS BE REAL HERE…

    Street n****s are not going to wanna play with a gay guy or be in the locker room with them, & after games most guys wanna go out and h/u with girls – it would be a different feel for a lot of NBA players…

    but to say it would come and go quickly…I think Nash is wrong. Big deal – NO. A lil different for the players in the lockeroom – YES. They drop the OTHER F-Bomb a lot, thats gay, they would have to censor themselves a lil…NBA players hate to censor anything!

    While I think its IGNORANT & DO NOT AGREE with some of these perspective mindsets I have talked about, lets not ignore the elephant in the room, & say we all havent played or interacted in the basketball urban culture at some point.

    Nash is talking from 1 perspective… another perspective might not go & come so quickly or….smoothly…

  3. trbowman - May 30, 2011 at 12:41 PM


  4. danvoges - May 30, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    i doubt it would come and go quickly. some player would say something offensive to him and it would get caught on camera. or some player would get too physical with him and itd be seen as a hate crime. then the media would go crazy with “anti gay” stories.

    even if 90% of the nba doesnt mind a gay player, that remaining 10%
    is all it takes to ruin the “acceptance.”

    danvoges, espn

  5. goforthanddie - May 30, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    It’d be just like any other work setting. Some won’t give a damn, some will freak. And one guy will cause a league-wide commotion.

  6. knicksnyny100 - May 30, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    The only thing about gays in the NBA is how does the locker room run,with naked men in front of someone who is attracted to men?

    • ltjx - Jun 11, 2011 at 4:28 PM

      knicksnyny100 wonders “…how does the locker room run…??”

      Well, the locker room would probably run something like the boys locker/shower area did in Junior High/High School. At any large school, you can be sure that there were probably a few gay and bi-sexual guys in every class. Think about it – they had to have been there, based on statistics, probabilities, etc. You may not have known exactly who they were in most cases (and even some of the gay guys themselves may not have known for certain …at least not yet). If you didn’t notice, then apparently they remained under control, despite the stimulus.

      If some of them were attracted to guys in the shower, I don’t recall seeing many clear signs of it (i.e. erections). Actually, the most homo-erotic looking activity was among some of the most macho, football player jock types who would often engage in what teachers/parents might call rough but innocent “horse-play”/wrestling among hyperactive boys (…except for the part about being completely naked while playing?).

  7. kyleortonsarm - May 30, 2011 at 10:26 PM

    What are you trying to tell us Steve?

  8. blueintown - May 30, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    Yeah, hopefully (unknown named future gay player) can take a page from the John Amaechi playbook and abstain from forcibly sodomizing his teammates, whether it be pre-game, post-game, or perhaps in the buffet line on the team’s charter flight. Hopefully they’ll work something out. Geez..

  9. davidly - May 31, 2011 at 4:36 AM

    It’s not like we don’t have recent precedent to go on: Didn’t the Big Three just come out in a flamboyant ceremony (catwalk, costumes, “how d’y’like me now” struttin’) this past summer? It’s all anyone ever talks about still.

  10. fouldwimmerlaik - May 31, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    He is correct. I mean, we already have Bosh in the league, so, you know, what’s the big deal having another one?

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