A Man in Uniform?
Former NBA coach Phil Jackson made news of a sort this week when he asserted that he had “never run into” a gay professional basketball player.
And, according to Huff Post, San Francisco 49ers player Chris Culliver told Artie Lange that he would not welcome gay players in the NFL or on his team. “I don’t do the gay guys, man,” Culliver is quoted as saying in a pre-Super Bowl interview. “I don’t do that. No, we don’t got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do.”
Finally, the week ended with ESPN leaking tapes of Rutger’s basketball coach Mike Rice physically abusing players while calling them faggots and worse.
Sports in America may be the last bastion of the homophobe, a place where it is till OK, cool even, to deny that gays and lesbians are part of the game–indeed, that they even exist.
A Real Man in Uniform
Steven Randy Phillips is, serendipitously, from Eclectic, Alabama.
He is an Airman in the United States Air Force and has served his country in the Persian Gulf and elsewhere.
Phillips is gay and used social media to proclaim his sexuality in 2011.
It is beyond ironic, even bizarre, that gay and lesbian men and women risk their lives to protect our country, police our cities, fight our fires and rescue us generally yet we condone and even idolize athletes and coaches who blatantly discriminate based on human sexuality.
The truth is that Phil Jackson, Chris Culver, and Mike Rice aren’t fit to shine Randy Phillips’s boots or for that matter, the boots of any of the thousands of other gay and lesbian soldiers, sailors, police officers, paramedics or firefighters who keep America safe.