The article emphasizes that basketball is a very macho and homophobic sport and that the so called support that Amaechi received actually did little to progress sexual equality and acceptance in the realm of professional sports. Posts Likes Following Archive. Shockingly, however, the news was very warmly received and Collins was overcome with support from his teammates, coaches, and even President Barack Obama and the first lady Michelle Obama. In the article, Tim Hardaway is quoted in reference to having a gay teammate as saying:. Armed Forces; we overcame the intolerance of people different than the societal norm, at the time, and passed legislation to allow lesbian and gays to participate in the war. Today, the masculinity of particular sports has created a predisposed notion of machismo and manliness that comes with the sport, allowing no room for a sexuality seen as more weak or different. At this point, with Collins was being showered in positive reinforcement and support from so many that it seemed as if he would only continue to succeed and do so in a comfortable and open position.
Kaylie. Age: 31.
Many were eagerly curious as to how a dominantly-macho sports association such as the NBA would react to this news.
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Read the announcement from the NHL here. The continual battle of integrating homosexuals into our society and seeing them as normal people is a feat that will eventually be won. In most aggressively male- dominated professional sports as the NBA; heterosexuality seems to be an assumption. Homosexual or not, Michael Sam is seen as a powerhouse and soon-to-be legendary football star.