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LeBron James on John Amaechi

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Piotr Rasputin, Feb 9, 2007.

  1. Piotr Rasputin

    Piotr Rasputin New Member

    From USA today:

    "With teammates you have to be trustworthy, and if you're gay and you're not admitting that you are, then you are not trustworthy," James said. "So that's like the No. 1 thing as teammates: We all trust each other. You've heard of the in-room, locker-room code. What happens in the locker room stays in there."

    Ah, I see. So being homosexual is something that must be "admitted" to? Like a crime? An if you don't share your sexuality with the dudes you work with, that's "untrustworthy"?

    Classic stuff. Social commentary.
  2. Trouser_Buddah

    Trouser_Buddah Active Member

    He articulated that quite well.
  3. Oz

    Oz Well-Known Member

    Maybe nobody asked him, so he never had to "admit" anything, LeBron.
  4. DisembodiedOwlHead

    DisembodiedOwlHead Active Member

    Do the other teammates "admit" they're straight?

    "I'm LeBron, and I like to fuck women. Just clearing that up."
  5. Norman Stansfield

    Norman Stansfield Active Member

    Let's get a 1-on-1 game going between LeBron and Tyrus Thomas.
  6. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    If a woman were to say she didn't want a man sharing a shower with her on a sports team, she wouldn't be called neanderthal.

    Yet if a man articulates that about people who are sexually aroused by male gender, it's cretin lunacy.

    I don't get that.

    I know, I'm fetching beers.
  7. Pringle

    Pringle Active Member

    I don't know why we sould expect Lebron James to have a sophisticated worldview concerning human sexual orientation at age 21 or whatever he is, plus be able to articulate (yes, ARTICULATE) his position like a top statesman. Did all of you? I know I didn't.

    These guys are athletes, not social theorists. Of course I understand why they should be asked about the STORY OF THE DAY! And I get that even when the answers are this uncouth, it's revealing about the pro athlete's state of mind.

    But walking into a locker room and asking questions about things like this yields no more insight than if one were to walk into a sports bar or a Wal-Mart or a convenience store. It's a cross-section of society. Some sophisticated people. Some not. Some liberals. Some conservatives. A great many who could give a shit.
  8. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I must admit I feel badly when some former player comes out of the closet and then every reporter thinks they need to ask the current crop what they think about it and how they would feel if one of their teammates were gay.

    If a player is fine with it, it never makes the news. If a player makes a moronic comment like James did, they get ripped...

    I would argue that it's not a fair question...
  9. Yawn

    Yawn New Member

    They do it by their ACTIONS.
  10. Yawn

    Yawn New Member

    Careful Fen with your hysteric interpretation.

    I meant it isn't real obvious not to see what side they bat from a) If they are married or involved and b) being seen in your average hotel bar or strip clubs on road trips. There may be a c option for those who stay in the closet but act like they are straight....such as Leigh Steinberg pointed out on a documentary a few years back when he mentioned the gay athlete will for appearance sake, date "high profile" women.

    I bet those nights are exciting.
  11. Montezuma's Revenge

    Montezuma's Revenge Active Member

    Well, here's the other thing: James is allowed -- or at least should be -- to feel that way, no matter how moronic you may think it to be.

    We drive more and more players into the say-nothing mode whenever we bash them for not having the "correct" opinion. James was asked a question and answered. I'm sure he didn't rush up to the first reporter he saw that day and begin lighting into gays. It'd be a totally different thing if he were out there participating in anti-gay demonstrations.
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