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Rick Welts

  1. Warriors claim relationship between Ellis, accuser consensual

    Dec 21, 2011, 7:06 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Golden State Warriors

    The Golden State Warriors have responded to the sexual harassment lawsuit filed against the franchise and star player Monta Ellis by a former team employee. Warriors CEO Rick Welts sent a statement to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News. Here are the money graphs. “When we were made aware of a consensual relationship…

  2. Former Suns CEO Rick Welts takes job with Warriors

    Sep 27, 2011, 8:11 AM EDT

    Rick Welts

    Just a couple weeks ago, Rick Welts walked away from his gig as the CEO of the Phoenix Suns, saying he wasn’t leaving for another job, he was leaving to “get my personal and professional lives better aligned.” Turns out he found a job pretty quickly after all. Welts has been hired as the new…

  3. Suns CEO Rick Welts steps down

    Sep 9, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    Rick Welts

    Usually it’s best when a team’s CEO doesn’t end up in the news, but the Suns Rick Welts made an exception earlier this year when he came out of the closet as a gay man. Doing that in the world of professional sports takes serious courage and it sparked a good debate about homosexuality in…

  4. Cedric Ceballos buys piece of ABA team in Phoenix

    Jul 29, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT

    Ball Up Celebrity Streetball Game

    Cedric Ceballos is still in Arizona. No Lakers fans, not jet skiing on Lake Havasu, he lives there now. He’s the in-game MC for the Phoenix Suns. So, like the rest of us, he hopes to get back to his new job sooner rather than later. But he’s picked up a side gig — he…

  5. Trading Nash might be bad business for Phoenix

    Jul 25, 2011, 2:11 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    The basic team building model in the NBA has been pretty easy to understand — you’re either a contending team or building to get there, and if you’re a contending team whose championship window has closed you blow it up and start over with young players. It takes a few years (maybe more than a…

  6. 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…

  7. PBT Tuesday morning one liners

    May 24, 2011, 10:54 AM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    The best Q&A out there with Joakim Noah about his use of a word that led him to a $100,000 fine. Like a good piece of art, it leaves you a little conflicted. It feels ironic that today, after all the talk about the use of a gay slur by Noah, Steve Nash filmed a…

  8. PBT Thursday morning one liners

    May 19, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James gestures after being fouled in NBA basketball playoff action against the Philadelphia 76ers in Miami

    In what was a flood of commentary, this is the best of the Suns CEO Rick Welts coming out of the closet posts, from the brilliant Kevin Arnovitz at ESPN. A LeBron James NBA championship would be worth a lot of money to Nike in China. Taj Gibson talking about the Bulls loss to the…

  9. Charles Barkley: “we’ve all played with gay guys”

    May 17, 2011, 5:14 PM EDT

    Barkley, representing the 1992 United States Olympic "Dream Team"  in the Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2010, speaks in Springfield

    Rick Welts, the CEO of the Phoenix Suns, came out publically saying he was gay in a lengthy Sunday New York Times piece. (Are there short Sunday New York Times pieces?) That has restarted the discussion about gay athletes in professional sports, and how that will be received when an active player in one of…

  10. NBA executive announces he’s gay, hopefully league yawns

    May 16, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Rick Welts

    In an ideal world, the NBA (and basketball) is a meritocracy — how well you do as a player or coach or executive is based solely on how well you do your job. Skin color, religion, who you choose to sleep with, none of that should matter. But we know better — organized professional sports…

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