Openly Gay In The Professional Sports Arena
Will gay athletes ever be judged solely on merit?
It is surely a different time in sports. The athletes are getting much younger. They’re more liberal in attitude and opinions. And, for the most part, the game is now based on merit more than anything else, so who cares what your sexual preference is these days, right? From NBA Center Jason Collins to recently announced Defensive Lineman Michael Sam, a prospective NFL Draft pick from Missouri who has just become the first player entering professional football to declare that he is gay, one might draw conclusions based off this new generation of sports aficionados that the detesting of homosexuality in sports is now a thing of the past. Unfortunately, that couldn’t be further from the truth. While, strides are being made and teammates, coaches and alike have been more receptive and accepting, being gay is still a topic that often goes ignored in the sports’ community, especially in football; the All-American masculine sport. Just take a look at Sochi, gay sports fans are still torn between the love for the Olympics and boycotting Russia for its anti-gay policies. We unquestionably have many moons to go before a gay athlete will be viewed without stereotypical opinions, but one thing’s for certain, with the recent announcement from Michael Sam, rest assured this will only pave the way for many more to come.