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Old 04-29-2013, 03:13 PM   #10
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FIRST pro athlete? Really???

I had no idea until the Manti T'eo business that this was such a big deal.

Kudos to Jason. I hope he inspires others and makes sports a safer place for LGBT kids.
I think he's the first athlete to come out while still playing. Retired athletes have come out though.
Correction: no male athlete has come out while still playing. Several female athletes (I think the first was WNBA star Sheryl Swoopes) have come out, but there isn't the same stigma. Just a couple of weeks ago, basketball player Brittney Griner mentioned that she is lesbian in an interview with Sports Illustrated, which didn't stop Nike from giving her a big endorsement deal.
Yep I had a male coworkers tell me how it's different with guys and he wouldn't feel comfortable playing and being in a locker room with a gay athlete. Another one agreed and I'm not surprised.
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