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As has been thoroughly discussed recently, former NBA player John Amaechi has come out of the closet as a homosexual man. Predictably, the reactions from different people have varied extremely.
Said the Orlando Magic's Grant Hill,
The Cleveland Cavelier's LeBron James felt differently, although he danced around the subject:
It no doubt would be new to both players an fans, as Amaechi became the first NBA player - current or retired - to announce his homosexuality. As the Philadelphia 76er's Shavlik Randolph said,As far as business-wise, I'm sure I could play with him. But I think it would create a little awkwardness in the locker room.
It is obvious, that like sex and race in the past (and still currently, to an extent), sexuality is becoming a factor and controversy in sports. A poll in 2001 showed that nearly 18% of proffesional sports fans would turn against their favorite player, were he gay.
So my question is, how would you react to a Golden State Warrior announcing his homosexuality? How would your feelings towards the team, and player differ, if at all? Again, this is not meant to stir up controversy and arguments, just curious where the matter stands from a fanbase perspective.
As Phil Taylor said,