Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban recently told a local Dallas newspaper,
From a marketing perspective, if you're a player who happens to be gay and you want to be incredibly rich, then you should come out, because it would be the best thing that ever happened to you from a marketing and an endorsement perspective. You would be an absolute hero to more Americans than you can ever possibly be as an athlete, and that'll put money in your pocket.
This is a hard pill for me to swallow. I don't think that the American publics view on homosexuality has come to a point where someone coming out of the closet would be viewed as a hero. They may get some press, but I don't think it would go over well with middle-class America.
Recently on a sports talk show, a commentator was commenting on Amaechi coming out of the closet. I couldn't believe that he compared Amaechi to Jackie Robinson. Robinson was a pioneer for the his race and culture, paving the way for many African Americans to come in all sports. Amaechi is simply telling the world his sexual preference, which honestly, I don't care to know about.
If I was in the NBA I guess I would be the player that paved the way for all the guys to follow that liked athletic blonds. Give me a break.
What do you think?