Is this too sensitive a subject for sports analysts?
Call it a slow news day (or anything that keeps Tim Tebow off the headlines), but the conversation started by Jason Collins yesterday has already dictated the airwaves. With the first round of the NBA Playoffs underway, focus will be on his commentary and NBA owner Mark Cuban's choice phrasings in a heavy discussion starring Michael Wilbon, Earvin "Magic" Johnson and the NBA thinktank. Said Cuban: “All professional sports have had their homophobic missteps along the way; it's a new era, a new generation and the player would be accepted. I think we are starting, at least on the edges, to break down those barriers. This shouldn't be a big deal.”
Homosexuality in sports has always had its opponents and cheerleaders. MMA fighter Liz Carmouche, 28, already TKO'd pundits and bigots when she announced her sexual preference. The outpouring of support has increased her visibility and made her a strong role model within the LGBT community. Will the NBA be ready to make equally forceful moves that align with a stance?