Why Aren't There Any Openly Gay Pro Athlete?

Because I like My Little Pony!

(I know My Little Pony has nothing to do with sports but I prefer this over the hate I have found!)

I know this is not a post about sex, BDSM or fetishes, but I feel I need to share my opinion on the subject of sports and homosexuality.

For as long as I can remember no one has ever come out as being gay in any sport while I was growing up. There was a huge stigma that is attached to being homosexual and playing sports. Many players are afraid of being hazed, bullied and worse, beaten to within an inch of their lives if they come out being gay. The locker room would become a hostile environment for these players if they were to come out of the "closet."

This letter to the owner of the Baltimore Ravens from a Delegate of the Maryland General Assembly I feel went a little too far when a player spoke their mind about same sex marriage, which happens to be on the ballot this November In Maryland.

When did our First Amendment rights all of a sudden change? Do we not have the right to speak our minds about things that matter to us or affect those around us? I think Mr. Burns needs to go back and take a Constitutional Law class! Maybe one taught by President Obama?

In all my research I could not find one openly gay athlete in that is currently in the pro’s until I came across Andrew Goldstein name. Not many of you will know him; even more of you will not know there is a pro lacrosse team either. Andrew came out in 2003 on ESPN’s Sportscenter.

Now are we to believe that Andrew is the only openly gay professional in sports? Those of you from Chicago should remember an awesome basketball player, who has played for the bulls 1995 to 1998, Dennis Rodman. As quoted by an unknown author on Tauntr.com, “What more did I have to do!” blasted an irate Dennis Rodman. “Did I have to spell it out for those fools!” Rodman, who throughout his career was equally maligned and admired for his eccentricities, took as an affront the media’s misinterpretation of his lifestyle. “Sure, I loved the ladies, but I loved just as much the whiskered embrace of a man. Wasn’t it obvious? I mean google image search me. Just look at those outfits! Could I have made it clearer?” Though Rodman was quoted saying he also likes the embrace of a man, this has no real indications that he has been with one so his homosexuality or bisexuality will remain unconfirmed (his bio on his own website does not indicate that he has ever been with or dated a man, just his previous marriages and children from said marriages).

The first NBA player to come out of the closet, John Amaechi, did so after he retired and did so in and interview for ESPN’s Outside the Lines show and in his memoirs Man in the Middle. Per Wikipedia, In a 2002 interview with Scotland on Sunday, Amaechi had previously spoken about gays in the NBA: "If you look at our league, minorities aren't very well represented. There's hardly any Hispanic players, no Asian-Americans, so that there's no openly gay players is no real surprise. It would be like an alien dropping down from space. There'd be fear, then panic: they just wouldn't know how to handle it."

Other former pro sports players that have come out:
Glenn Burke (MLB) - First former MLB player to be openly gay to his teammates, coaches, and team owners during his career. His MLB career was short lived and Burke left because "prejudice just won out.” Burke is also credited for inventing the high five with Dusty Baker after Baker hit his 13th career home run. His homosexuality became public knowledge through an Inside Sports article in 1982.
Billy Bean (MLB) - Made news in 1999 when he came out of the closet. Bean is the second former MLB player to reveal his homosexuality.
Dave Kopay (NFL) - The first former NFL player to come out of the closet. He came out in 1977 in his biography The David Kopay Story and has revealed he had an tryst with Jerry Smith, who played for the Washington Redskins and later died in 1986 of AIDS.
Roy Simmons (NFL) - The second former NFL player to reveal his homosexuality. Simmons came out in 1992 on the Phil Donahue Show. Autobiography is Out of Bounds.
Esera Tuaolo (NFL) – The third NFL player to come out of the closet. He came out on HBO’s Real Sports in 2002 as well as sharing his coming story in an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. He has also written an autobiography – Alone In The Trenches: My Life As A Gay Man In The NFL.
Wade Davis (NFL) - The fourth former NFL player to announce he is gay. In 2012, Davis spoke openly about being a closeted gay in the NFL.

Just released this weekend, a former baseball team owner has come out. According to an ESPN.com article: "Kevin McClatchy, the owner and CEO of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1996 to 2007, has acknowledged he is gay to The New York Times, saying frequent homophobic slurs he heard in baseball circles had convinced him to keep his sexual orientation a secret." I guess it shows that even owners of a sports team are afraid to share what and who they really are. Rick Welts was the first prominent American sports executive to come out, May 15, 2011.

I would like to pose a question to my fellow bloggers and to all of my readers, what is the fear in revealing your sexuality in sports for me? Why is it ok for a woman to come out as being a lesbian and play sports but it is not ok for a man to say he is gay? Why is there still this stigma that follows many eve after they have left the sport (I am sure there are more than 8 players and 2 former executives)?

Feel free to comment and let me know what you think.

Mistress Julie

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    I have been in the Chicago BDSM scene for a little over 12 years. I am not serious like many people are, but I also do not take what I do lightly. I have dabbled in many kinky things and currently working on perfecting my bondage techniques. My main goal is to bring the BDSM scene to vanillas that are interested in it in a non-freaky way. This is not only a blog about what I am doing or have done but a place for you to ask questions and hopefully learn more about the scene then what you think is real in porn. Trust me, porn is not real!

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