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Whitlock: Goodell can bring gay tolerance to NFL

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by 3_Octave_Fart, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. 3_Octave_Fart

    3_Octave_Fart Well-Known Member

    Noted social critic Jason Whitlock urges Goodell to lead the way for acceptance of gays in the league.

  2. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    I presume Whitlock means Goodell can accomplish this through frank and open discussion about the size of each player's penis.
  3. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    Whitlock tried to blaze this trail years ago with his Drew Bledsoe discussion.
  4. champ_kind

    champ_kind Member

    i stopped reading when i got to the inevitable wire reference. seriously, can he write one column without basing his worldview on the wire?!
  5. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    Ding ding ding. We have a winner. How many times does Whitlock think he can act like a clown and still believe he has any credibility on real issues?
  6. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    First of all, why on earth would Goodell gives a rats tail about that? Not like it's going to bring in revenue.

    Secondly, even if Goodell was some sort of social crusader (I don't think he is), changing individual's attitudes about matters, especially those not related to the game itself, is a really uphill battle. Even now, Goodell is less than universally popular among players because of his hard line regarding fines and suspensions. If he starts publicly taking a controversial social stance, it's unlikely to win him any points.

    Finally, what possible good would come of it? For the league, players, fans, anyone?
  7. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Interesting how this topic came up.
    A couple of thoughts:
    Considering those who have been convicted of crimes who are in NFL locker rooms, you would think being gay would be pretty low on the list of concerns.
    The NFL could nip this in the bud if teams just asked players "How would you feel about being in an organization that employs gay people? Is that a problem for you?"
    I think a lot of the concern about the "locker room" would shift 180 degrees if players came into the league with the understanding that a team doesn't and won't enable an intolerant atmosphere.
  8. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    <img src="http://blairmulholland.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/fag.jpg">
  9. dirtybird

    dirtybird Active Member

    Well played
  10. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    I don't suspect teams care too much when it comes to players. They might shy away from a true homophobe such as myself for a front-office position. But when it comes to the guys on the field, as long as they can block, tackle, pass, run, catch, etc. and stay out of the pokey...... I don't think management cares much about their political views.

    Besides, you're crossing a line into social engineering, where you're telling someone else how and how not to think.
  11. Afraid you'll catch the gay?
  12. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    Being homosexual is not political.

    Nice of people to bring up "social engineering" when the conversation slides to accepting homosexuals.
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