Charles Barkley: The Whole ‘Locker Room Discussion’ Is “An Insult To Gay People”

Charles-BarkleyLast May, retired NBA MVP Charles Barkley entered the “When are we going to have an out gay athlete?” conversation by revealing he’d worked alongside several LGBT athletes during his career.

This week, he’s condemning the homophobic nonsense directed at newly out NFL hopeful Michael Sam, telling CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that the discussion over how gay athletes will be received in the locker room is an “insult to gay people”:

I think it’s an insult to gay people to think that they are going to be looking at their teammates in a sexual way. That’s an insult to all gay men. And we welcome them to the locker room, and I wish Mr. Sam the best.

He also believes an LGBT athlete would fell safe and welcome in the locker room:

I think they’re going to be safe with their teammates. I think the public at large is more homophobic than guys in the locker room. I think we as players get a bad rap.

Players get a bad rap? Hmm, wonder why?