What the hell is ESPN's obsession with gays? Amaechi's mug has been on espn.com every single day since he wrote his book.
I wrote this at acctalk.com...
YOU'RE GAY AND NOBODY CARES
Okay, former NBA center John Amaechi is gay. So what. Who cares? Why do former athletes who are gay feel compelled to announce their sexual preference to the world? If they are trying to revolutionize the sports world and make athletes accept homosexuality as normal, it'll never happen. Sports, particularly pro sports, are for the macho...the uber-macho. Athletes will always talk about loose women, fast cars, and yes...they'll make "fag" jokes.
Announcing that you are gay AFTER your playing career is downright unmanly. But what should we expect? Man up...announce it when you're playing. Nobody's going to whip your butt. Judging by current NBA player reaction nobody would give a damn. It is also nearly an invasion of privacy of your former teammates. Who the hell wants to think that they showered next to a dude that might like to spend a night with you in the sack? Personally, I think group showers with men is a bit queer anyway, but that has nothing to do with the issue at hand.
So now Amaechi has a book coming out describing how he thinks the gay jokes in the locker room are offensive. He describes how tough it is to keep your sexuality quiet. He laments that nobody would be comfortable if they knew he was gay. Well....yeah. Let's say I'm into erotic asphyxiation masturbation (look it up), another deviant sexual practice. I'm not going to announce it to my co-workers. I'm not going to cry in my Earl Grey and wish that everyone understood me. I would KNOW that I'm not normal. If I truly believed that I was normal (like Amaechi does) I certainly would tell them. I'd be a man.
Of course national television and politicians want to convince us that homosexuality is normal. Well it's not. Biologically, physiologically, theologically, socially, hygienically, etc. Amaechi can preach all he wants to arouse sympathy or empathy, but he'll never get much. Again...most likely nobody would care. The worst thing that could have happened to him if he came out of the closet while in Orlando or Utah would be some taunts from opposing fans or perhaps some loss of popularity among teammates. But he admits to being an oddball loner anyway. If he was cut because he was gay he'd make more money in court than he ever did on the court. On the bright side, his millionaire teammates probably would have pitched in for a private shower.
One more thing - After seeing that Snickers commercial during the Super Bowl I'll never eat another Snickers again. What's funny is that GLAAD is furious that the commercial is homophobic. I guess they figure that the two guys who liplocked should have enjoyed the experience.