I think everyone at this point, when you look at numbers, someone in your circle, whether it’s a family member or a friend, is gay, transgender, or bisexual. You should appreciate that those people are valued members of society, people that are doing something good in the world. They should feel comfortable to live their lives. I think any sort of policy that discriminates against them, that excludes them, is completely unfair in today’s day and age. That’s why I say we’re 50 years out and there are still things going on that are discriminatory.”
— James Blake, 33, condemning Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law after his first round loss at the U.S. Open, which he said would be his final tournament (via The Journal Gazette).
Wonderful statement. But who is this “tennis icon” James Blake? I only know of “middling also-ran tennis player” James Blake?
Martin Luther King accomplished greater things off the court than any tennis player has on the court, but that does not make MLK a “tennis icon.”
James Blake may be a “good guy icon” but a tennis icon he is not.
This is semantic hair-splitting though, admittedly. He made an awesome statement, that’s the real point.
@Tackle: Actually, if you did a poll of tennis players and tennis devotees and asked them if James Blake is a “tennis icon” I’m certain the overwhelming majority would say NO.