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If Amaechi played for the Warriors...

NOTE: This diary may be considered risque by GSoM and/or the moderators. It is a controversial subject, and I obviously understand, and apologize, if it is felt that this diary should be deleted.

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 fact that John has done this, maybe it will give others the comfort or confidence to come out as well, whether they are playing or retiring,

The Cleveland Cavelier's LeBron James felt differently, although he danced around the subject:

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, 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. It's a trust factor, honestly. A big trust factor.

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.

All 3 quotes from http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/basketball/nba/02/07/amaechi.ap/index.html

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.
-http://voice.paly.net/view_story.php?id=648

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,

There's nothing wrong with taking pride in how far we've come in terms of race in sports. But before we start feeling all warm inside, we should realize that we still have miles to go before we can claim that we treat issues of homosexuality with the maturity we've started to develop toward race.
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/phil_taylor/02/07/amaechi/index.html

This FanPost is a submission from a member of the mighty Golden State of Mind community. While we're all here to throw up that W, these words do not necessarily reflect the views of the GSoM Crew. Still, chances are the preceding post is Unstoppable Baby!

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