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9/13/03--Orlando Magic star Tracy McGrady recently told a New York magazine for its November issue that he believes five percent of NBA players are gay.

McGrady made his comments to Stuff magazine writer Bill Schulz and added he had witnessed incidents of homosexual behavior among NBA players.

Asked by how many homosexuals in NBA, McGrady said, "I think about five percent." He admitted having observed some specific incidents as Schulz chased down the topic.

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does this matter? would knowing that Tim Duncan, or Kevin Garnett, or Scottie Pippin are 'bottoms' Eek have an effect on you watching them play??

*all names used in this post were used for example purposes only!!

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let's just say homosexual players in the NBA have been able to keep their alternative lifestyle under wraps...

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Originally posted by Nykkii:
would knowing that Tim Duncan, or Kevin Garnett, or Scottie Pippin are 'bottoms' Eek have an effect on you watching them play??

*all names used in this post were used for example purposes only!!


would it matter...?
First, I believe there is homosexuality in professional sports, to what extent who knows. I think it's very careless to put out percentages. It's similar to Jose Conseco and another pro baseball player stating more half than the ball players use steroids...no one knows for sure, just postulation.

But to Nykkii's question, I wouldn't care...the competition and skill is the key...
lol--did anyone care when the speculation about Luther came out? did anyone think...all those love songs, were they written for men??

tigers, its interesting that you say it wouldn't matter. all the body banging, back into each other, sweaty hard muscled men getting physical on the court wouldn't bother you if you knew 2-3 of them out there were homosexual? Eek you said no, so i'll leave it at no. lol

wouldn't bother me...i love the game!

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thanks tigers and jazz!! i was thinking more as spectator's though tigers, not as a player, but i understand what you're saying.

i don't think everyone is as open minded---thus the lack of openness about it in the NBA and NFL. players would lose endorsments, teams might lose some fan base. the world is not as accepting as some who have spoken up here.

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HBO did a special on Homosexuals in sports awhile back. The consensus was that Yes there are gays in the major sports, e.g., football, basketball and baseball, but most are closeted because of the reaction from both fans and teammates.

Personally, knowing that a player is gay would not effect how I see him/her as an athlete or how I view the sport.

I know a professional athlete, that plays in a major sport, that we all have seen on Sportcenter and in the headlines. Although, whenever we see him, he is surrounded by women, but I know for a fact, he is gay. I met this athlete through a guy I grew up with. The guy is/was his lover.
Nykkii,
you are correct, I didn't answer your question specifically, but your assumption is correct. It wouldn't bother me, it's all the skill and ability to win.

To tie with your statement and Kweli4Real, Sports Illustrated did an article on a profession a baseball and football player who came out afte their careers were over. There was too much pressure to have it come out while they were playing. General society is not accepting of homosexuality, however, athletes and sports is more so.

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