Former NBA MVP Charles Barkley says what we’ve known all along —there have always been gay men playing professional basketball. Asked about Jason Collins during an interview with Dan Matthews (listen in around the 10:00 mark in the video), Barkley said he’s worked alongside several during his career.
“Everybody played with a gay teammate and it’s no big deal,” Barkley said after being asked. “I think it’s an insult to gay people to think they tried to pick up on a teammate.”
Asked if players’ sexual orientation is common knowledge among teammates, Barkley replied, “It’s obviously discussed — privately — because the problem is that, unless somebody tells you they’re gay, you can’t say anything about them being gay.”
Barkley stated that there he knew three or four gay NBA players, but added, “Until a gay guy comes out it’s none of your business.”
Queerty sports fans, do you agree it’s no one’s business or does the sports world need more role models?