Let’s Thank Kobe Bryant’s “Fucking Faggots” Comment For Moving Queer Rights Center Court

Most recently, North Carolina State basketball star CJ Leslie tweeted that he doesn’t want gays in his locker room, an anti-gay tweet that comes on the heels of Uptown Sports President and Vice President criticizing hockey player Sean Avery for his video in support of NYC marriage equality.

NC State assistant athletic director for media relations Annabelle V. Myers released the following statement to Outsports saying NCS athletes are forbidden from giving interviews or sticking their feet any deeper into their mouth during final exams:

CJ is in exams right now and Coach Gottfried is attending ACC meetings. I will speak to CJ about this following exams and Coach Gottfried will when he returns. None of our student-athletes conduct interviews during exams. I imagine he realized that his posts were considered hurtful since I understand he took them down, but I haven’t spoken to him.

Equality NC called on Leslie to apologize and (predictably) some of Leslie’s pals have stood up for him on Twitter saying that his comments were “taken out of context”, a recent favorite thing to say whenever someone’s homophobic comments get repeated verbatim. Luckily, Leslie didn’t hold out and he did just apologize. But even so we loved what openly gay, retired NBA player John Amaechi had to say before CJ’s mea cupla:

He has already and will continue to have gay people in his locker room and while he is wondering if they are looking at his genitals, they are focused on taking his minutes and his place in the NBA.

I have heard quite a few people say we shouldn’t be penalising people like this kid and the hockey sports agent for expressing archaic views from a first amendment rights perspective.

However, I would suggest that as the incidence of these damaging and obtuse perspectives is ever increasing, we should remind those that can’t resist spewing bigotry in 140 characters, that their right to speak exposes them to of right of balanced and educated people to rip their puny logic and hypocritical perspectives to pieces and call them out as ignorant.

Oh Mr. Amaechi. You kick so much ass. Why couldn’t you have come out while you were still in the NBA?