Friday, May 20, 2011

Charles Barkley Says Everybody In The NBA Has 'Played Out' With Gay Teammates

Basketball legend Charles Barkley who is known for being outspoken, and he recently opened up about gay players in the NBA during a recent interview.

Charles stated that he has played with many gay players in the past during his career in the NBA:

“First of all, every player has played with gay guys. It bothers me when I hear these reporters and jocks get on TV and say: ‘Oh, no guy can come out in a team sport. These guys would go crazy.’ First of all, quit telling me what I think. I’d rather have a gay guy who can play than a straight guy who can’t play.
“Any professional athlete who gets on TV or radio and says he never played with a gay guy is a stone-freakin’ idiot. I would even say the same thing in college. Every college player, every pro player in any sport has probably played with a gay person.”
He also spoke on if there was ever a problem in the locker room or having to shower with a gay teammate:
“A guy is never going to put himself in that situation in a professional locker room. It never crossed my mind, and I never felt any different about the guy. They’re not going to do anything in the locker room. Doesn’t work like that.”
And went on to say:
“First of all, society discriminates against gay people. They always try to make it like jocks discriminate against gay people. I’ve been a big proponent of gay marriage for a long time, because as a black person, I can’t be in for any form of discrimination at all.”
“We gossiped behind each other’s back before; I’ll be the first to admit that. The first people who whine and complain is them Bible-thumpers, who are supposed to be non-judgmental, who rail against them. I don’t worry about what other people do.”
And this is why I like Charles Barkley because he keeps it real & tell it like it is…..

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