A Question for Barney Frank, Patron Saint of ENDA 3685

Dave Zirin, writing at The Nation:

This narrative about the locker room is in many ways more important than the coming out itself. What sports general managers have always said in the past, whether they were speaking in the abstract or talking anonymously about unsigned out-and-proud NBA player Jason Collins, is that “the locker room” would not be ready for a gay teammate. No matter how many athletes have come out as allies, no matter how many polls show overwhelming majorities of pro athletes willing to have gay teammates, this is what was always thrown in the faces of fans: the “locker room” isn’t ready. And here was a living, breathing example of an SEC locker room that did not only survive having a gay teammate but thrived.

What a story. For one hour, that song from The Lego Movie, “Everything is Awesome,” seemed to be playing behind every tweet, every Facebook post and every direct message. […]

Then came this article by Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated. Thamel collected a series of reactions from anonymous NFL executives about the news of Michael Sam’s coming out, and the operative word here is “reaction.” They belched a collection of comments that would not have sounded out of place in the 1940s, when the sports bosses lectured Branch Rickey about how “the Negro” would make a locker room—and yes, the showers—unbearable.

So, my question for St. Barney: Do you think that Michael Sam would be uncomfortable in a locker room with you?


Inquiring Ghosts of Trans-Inclusionistic Opponents of Gay-Only ENDAs Past want to know.

One NFL executive said, “I don’t think football is ready for [an openly gay player] just yet. In the coming decade or two, it’s going to be acceptable….[“]

Most certainly if the Democrats pick up 15 more House seats in 2008, right?

Oh, wait…

Never mind.

Another remarked, “Not that they’re against gay people. It’s more that some players are going to look at you upside down. Every Tom, Dick and Harry in the media is going to show up, from Good Housekeeping to the Today show. A general manager is going to ask, ‘Why are we going to do that to ourselves?’”

The most cowardly part of all of this was that, in comment after comment, these executives absolved themselves of homophobia and bigotry, like the baseball owners of the 1940s, by putting it all on the players.

Insert remembrances of St. Barney’s justifications for those Gay-Only ENDAs Past here.


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