Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Rants & Raves. (Sports)

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Rants & Raves. (Sports)

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The debate over homophobia in sports in 2002 moved beyond merely condemning new John Rocker insults to become a heated argument about whether it's downright dangerous for team athletes to come out. Gay ex-baseball pro Billy Bean caught hell for saying on HBO's Arli$$ that it's safer in the closet, gay ex-football pro Esera Tuaolo defied all naysayers by proclaiming his sexuality, and the WNBA found that out players and coaches coexist with antigay executives. And everyone had an opinion.

"I am."

--Sue Wicks, forward for the WNBA's New York Liberty, answering the question "Are you a lesbian?" as quoted in the May 30-June 6 issue of Time Out New York

"Aww, hell no! I don't want any faggots on my team. I know this might not be what people want to hear, but that's a punk. I don't want any faggots in this locker room."

--Garrison Hearst, San Francisco 49ers running back, as quoted in The Fresno [Calif.] Bee, November 1

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"No.... You know they're in the shower with us.... I don't think that's going to work."

--Jeremy Shockey New York Giants tight end, when asked if there are gay NFL players on Howard Stern's syndicated radio talk show September 10

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That's a baseball question. …

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