Survey Says

Results Of ESPN Poll Show Readers Split On Gay Athletes

Last week ESPN published results of a poll on several issues relating to out gay athletes in professional sports. Readers are split on the issue of having an out gay athlete and how it will affect their support of him. Interestingly enough, readers feel that Major League Baseball will be the first professional league with an out player.





What do you think of the results? Do you a baseball player will come out before a footballer does? Do you think it will take 5 years before we have an active openly gay player? Sound off below.

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  • Caleb in SC

    That poll makes no sense. Approximately the same percentage of people want gay athletes to come out as agree that coming out is a selfish act that would divide a team. Whatever.

  • jwrappaport

    I still say ice dancing will be the last sport to feature an openly gay athlete.

  • Mofdgheb

    The discussion boards at ESPN are a bastion of online homophobia.

  • hyhybt

    @Caleb in SC: So why doesn’t that make sense?

  • Billysees

    @jwrappaport: 2



    The results do seem fairly split. However, people who think that a place who comes out is selfish are completely unaware of how that person must be feeling.

  • alterego1980

    Keep in mind that these polls at ESPN aren’t linear. A person doesn’t have to answer all the questions. So maybe more people who agreed with the “selfish” comment answered that question and not some of the others. These are far from scientific but as ESPN is THE main sports website, it’s an interesting poll. I’m glad to see it’s at least split down the middle which is not far from the rest of the country. Given that ESPN is such a “bastion of online homophobia” the polls are encouraging…

  • jestgr Gotta agree with you MMB. How selfish is it for one person to expect another person to live by the first person’s standards?

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