The world of football is one of closed ranks when it comes to sexual orientation. There are names but they will not be named. As recently as last summer Antonio Cassano responding to rumours that there were a couple of team mates in the Azzurri Euro 2012 squad who were gay, landed in hot water for saying, “The coach had warned me that you would ask me this question,” Cassano said. “If I say what I think … I hope there are none. But if there are queers here, that is their business.” In other words, it was do not ask, do not tell.
Robbie Rogers coming out as gay is large news all written out in a powerful post . His announcement on Twitter set ablaze a myriad of reactions, most very supportive as team mates from Leeds Utd and the USMNT, came to his defense. A brave new age.
What a change in the last two decades. Everyone knows the story of Justin Fashanu, who paid the price for coming out, hounded by homophobes and a cold hearted Brian Clough, as the walls closed in and his career stalled, finally ending his life.
Soccer has been slow to catch up on the equality front, about two generations behind its NFL counterpart, what with former 49ers offensive linesman Kwame Harris recently charged with battery against his on and off partner for an argument over soy sauce that escalated (what straight couple has not fought over condiments) but as a 260 lb OL, the degree is a bit more extreme in its physicality. Soccer however, is dominated by idiots like Joey Barton, whose mien is to
The recent Super Bowl was dogged by some pre match medieval jibing by 49ers safety Chris Culliver, who seemed to be more Kansas than Castro. But Brendon Ayanbadejo, the Baltimore Ravens LB, who sacked all the same sex bigotry of his sport, by backing marriage equality about three years ago was having none of it and framed it his rebuttal in the most eloquent terms. Culliver having already apologized reading the tea leaves. Ayanbadejo was by now well known as a cause celebre and when his career was jeopardized by a homophobe say senator, found the no holds barred Chris Kluwe
We were also treated to some extremely witty and moving words by Chris Kluwe, the Minnesota Vikings punter who defended Ayanbadejo’s support raised the hackles of homophobe State Senator Emmett C. Burns, Jr who wrote the owners of the Ravens to sack (we continue punning) the upstart LB.
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