Social issues finding light in world of sports

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Recently, players in two of the major sports, Jason Collins in the NBA and Michael Sam, who has a chance of being selected in the NFL draft,  came out as gay.
This has been examined from every angle imaginable.
Will they be accepted in their respective locker room?
Will fans heckle them more than other players?
Will they be able to compete at the same level, despite being gay?
I find all these questions and concerns ludicrous.
Am I in favor of these players coming out?
Sure.
Do I find any issue in these players coming out?
Absolutely not.
I believe Charles Barkley said it best on TNT the other day when he said, “I don’t care if you’re gay.  I do care if you suck at basketball.”
I found this to be quite interesting because we should not care what a player does off the court or off the field as long as they performs at a high rate.
I do believe it would be insulting if a professional sports team only added a gay athlete to their team because he or she is a gay athlete.
This would be insulting because if the athlete is only getting picked up due to them  gay, it would show he only made it due to that reason, not for his skill or his hard work.
Michael Sam, who came out as gay before the NFL combine, had a stellar career at Missouri, finishing as the Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the SEC, arguably the toughest conference in college football.
When he came out, it was a media firestorm.
He was everywhere.
Everyone expected him to have great combine, and it would be a great story.
Well, he didn’t have a great combine.
In the most important event, the 40 yard dash, he ran a 4.91, not the best in the world for a defensive end.
He was slated as a third to fifth round pick before the combine, now he could possibly be undrafted.
Sam made a courageous decision coming out, but I do think that he made the announcement too soon.
By coming out before the combine, he unintentionally put so much media pressure on himself, and it affected him.
But as for his NFL career, his sexuality should not matter.
If he can play football, that is all that matters.
Jason Collins recently became the first openly gay player to play in a game in any of the four major sports.
He was signed to a 10 day contract, played 11 minutes and recorded five fouls.
Collins has never been a great player, but he became revered as the first athlete to come out as gay.
Collins was not put on the Nets to make a big difference, but he made headlines not for his playing prowess, but because he was the first openly gay athlete.
I do not think it should matter, but it still does in 2014.
Perhaps down the road, this will become a non-issue.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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