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    Re: Do you think America would accept an openly gay athlete?

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    So, do you think America would accept an openly gay athlete? Or do you think they would be ostracized to the point of retirement, or worse suicide, or even be murdered?
    I think they already have. I forget his name but there was an Olympic champion diver who is gay.

    Edit: Here, I found him.

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    Re: Do you think America would accept an openly gay athlete?

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    Re: Do you think America would accept an openly gay athlete?

    The brief history of gay athletes

    That's an old article ('98...man I remember good ol' '98. I was still an undergrad, I had Clinton to bitch about. Bush hadn't ****ed everything up even more than Clinton yet. Life was good). But it has some things in there.
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    Re: Do you think America would accept an openly gay athlete?

    My question really concerns the 4 major sports, Football, Baseball, Hockey, and Basketball. Where it's harder to go under the radar. Say if someone like Sidney Crosby, or Chipper Jones came out would they be accepted?

    The only pro athlete that is out and still playing is Gareth Thomas, who plays rugby, and he seems to be doing well over in Wales.

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    Re: Do you think America would accept an openly gay athlete?

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    My question really concerns the 4 major sports, Football, Baseball, Hockey, and Basketball. Where it's harder to go under the radar. Say if someone like Sidney Crosby, or Chipper Jones came out would they be accepted?
    Crosby? Outside of Canada and Pittsburg? No he wouldn't be. He's already seen as a nancy boy whining pussy, so coming out as gay would just reenforce that and play into the negative stereotypes of him.

    Chipper Jones? I think he'd be accepted, if he continued to act essentially no different in the public eye than he is now save for being seen with guys and claiming to be gay. He's a hell of a player, arguably one of the best 3rd basements of this generation of baseball players. He's beloved by the Atlanta fans and held up as essentially one of the good guys of baseball. Additionally out of the four "major" sports I think baseball is most likely to be accepting of it. I think the only strike against him is he's playing for a southern team, and think it'd work better if it was for say the Dodgers or the Giants, but utlimately I think he'd be fine.

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    Re: Do you think America would accept an openly gay athlete?

    Since this is not divided up by type of sport, I am going to assume this means for all sports. For that, I am going to say no, because I don't think people would accept a gay guy playing football or doing NASCAR.

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    Re: Do you think America would accept an openly gay athlete?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    Since this is not divided up by type of sport, I am going to assume this means for all sports. For that, I am going to say no, because I don't think people would accept a gay guy playing football or doing NASCAR.
    If Jimmie Johnson came out of the closet and said he was gay, people would accept it. If Kyle Busch or Jeff Gordon came out of the closet, people would say, "I always knew that asshole was gay."

    It largely depends on how good the guy's man-credentials are in his sport whether he will be accepted or not (unless his sport is figure skating).

    The same is true of, for instance, gay cops and soldiers.

    p.s. Anyone notice how there are already plenty of "out" lesbian athletes, and no one seems to care?
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    Re: Do you think America would accept an openly gay athlete?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    If Jimmie Johnson came out of the closet and said he was gay, people would accept it. If Kyle Busch or Jeff Gordon came out of the closet, people would say, "I always knew that asshole was gay."

    It largely depends on how good the guy's man-credentials are in his sport whether he will be accepted or not (unless his sport is figure skating).

    The same is true of, for instance, gay cops and soldiers.

    p.s. Anyone notice how there are already plenty of "out" lesbian athletes, and no one seems to care?
    I was thinking the same thing about Nascar. There are certain drivers that might lose some fans, but it would most likely be the lesser known drivers. Most big Nascar fans know that it takes a lot of physical strength and endurance to drive a car at those speeds for that long. If a driver has already proven himself as a good driver, then only those really hardcore "I hate gays" people will not accept a driver that they already were a fan of. Now that being said, if the "coming out" was seen as publicly embarrassing in how it was done or it negatively changed how the driver acted in public, then it could certainly lose him some, if not a lot of fans.
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    Re: Do you think America would accept an openly gay athlete?

    How can we forget "Tyson Homosexual" who fell foul of the censorship program used by the American Family Association's propaganda rag.

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    Re: Do you think America would accept an openly gay athlete?

    Where is this 'America' that agrees, or disagrees together in unison?
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