While checking ESPN the website this morning I stumbled this little gem of an article that raised just a little concern.
The article is basically a few quotes from former NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire, who played for the Pheonix Suns and New York Knicks, stating he would never want to be around a gay basketball player.
A couple of highlights from the article:
“I’m going to shower across the street, make sure my change of clothes are around the corner.”
“And I’m going to drive — take a different route to the gym.”
Perhaps the quotes wouldn’t be so damn alarming if they were given some context as to why they were said in the first place. The truth is I don’t know the guy, and I don’t know why he feels the way he does about gay people. But I can only express dismay that such hatefullness can still be found in 2017.
Why would we ever want to deny a gay man an opportunity to play in the NBA? At a time when the league is dominated by 2 teams, that being the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, isn’t it time we open our hearts and allow all talented individuals to join? That or just contract the league and cut the teams down to 16 instead of 32.
And why does ESPN even give time to such garbage quotes. Yes, it’s clickbait and yet it drives in traffic, but this shit’s gotta stop. We in the media need to stop giving our damn time to such filth and just ignore the hatred that is still on display.
It’s even more unfortunate that such garbage will deal a blow to a black community that continually is marked by bigoty and hatred towards the LGTBQ community. Stoudemire shouldn’t be given an outlet when he doesn’t represent the NBA anymore. He’s plays for a league in Israel, and perhaps he should be only quoted in an Israeli newspaper next time.
And honestly, I’m curious as to why the hell the topic was even brought up. What possibly could have prompted the interviewer to ask such a question or even approach the topic?
It’s time we demand more from fellow journalists and beg for good and moral articles and headlines, and less of this filth they call journalism. Especially from a company such as ESPN.