Another former professional sports player has come out. NBA player John Amaechi is soon to publish a book on his experiences in the League. He is the first basketball player to announce that he is gay, but he follows in the footsteps of a handful of other male and female sports stars.
We're a little bit unsure of how to deal with this new information. On the one hand, we're bored by hearing about how "hard it is in the locker room," and we're not convinced there's anything brave out of trying to get some post-career publicity out of your sexuality. The way these ex-athletes are always presented is a bit like a freak show. If only it wasn't a big scandal, or they could come out with a "so what?" attitude, rather than a "WHERE'S MY BOOK DEAL?" one.
On the other hand, it's tough to come out of the closet, and everything that breaks any kind of stereotype, whether it be about gays or athletes, is good.
It's all very confusing. Much like professional sports in general. Which is why this is officially the longest post we have ever written about them.