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Watch: NBA Raptors Players Hold Hands, Fan Homophobia Ensues


Leandro Barbosa of the Toronto Raptors grabbed teammate Reggie Evans' hand as they were leaving the court on Sunday night after their 102-98 win over the Magic, inspiring hundreds of homophobic comments on a brief YouTube clip of the moment. Comments were later disabled.

Outsports took note of several of them. No word on why Evans took Barbosa's hand.

Regarding the debate over the web clip, Sportsgrid notes: "None of this is surprising, of course. Anonymous internet commenting turns weak people into weak idiots. But the fact that literally every comment on the video’s YouTube page is either homophobic, or people reprimanding said homophobia, is a nice little example of how touchy a subject homosexuality is in sports."

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  1. Hmm, very interesting. I wonder why they decided to do that. . .

    Also, could the homophobia be compounded because both players are black, and there is a cultural implication there as well, on top of sexuality?

    I agree with SportsGrid, though. There is nothing quite like internet anonymity to bring out the idiots.

    Posted by: Austin | Apr 8, 2011 1:06:31 PM



    People suck.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Apr 8, 2011 1:06:43 PM

  3. Cute. He was probably being playful, nothing else.

    Posted by: James in BCN | Apr 8, 2011 1:09:03 PM

  4. Believe it or not, straight men do actually grab a buddy's hand from time to time. It's mostly Western culture where this gets invariably gets interpreted as 'gay'. And even if it were the case in this instance that there was a gay aspect to it, well, get over it, America.

    Posted by: Justin Werner | Apr 8, 2011 1:10:27 PM

  5. Thank god Americans aren't really into soccer. Those guys are always all over each other. Can't imagine what the response would be from the idiot quotient.

    Posted by: Linda | Apr 8, 2011 1:22:05 PM

  6. Winning a game involves teamwork and sometimes one player will help out another with their stats. Nice to say thanks.

    Posted by: anon | Apr 8, 2011 1:31:34 PM

  7. Clearly this was an inside joke, and they knew that all the bigots would come out in full force. People in the spotlite do it all the time, it doesn't mean anything. Jimmy Kimmel's "I'm F'ing Matt Damon" is the perfect example. It's all in fun.

    Moving on...

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Apr 8, 2011 1:48:08 PM

  8. I am a gay Raptors fan in Toronto. Barbosa is Brasilian and perhaps has a different perspective on male/male closeness (as is the case in various different parts of the world). I think this whole thing is utterly charming and if you look at Barbosa's face it seems genuine and, frankly, quite touching.

    Posted by: Taylor | Apr 8, 2011 1:50:01 PM

  9. I like that mascot!

    Posted by: Astro Boy | Apr 8, 2011 1:51:40 PM

  10. Ah, what a sweet gesture. Regardless, I hope that the 2 players will remain nonchalant when questioned about it.

    Posted by: MoJo | Apr 8, 2011 1:54:48 PM

  11. Yet if two women did the same thing, the same people would get boners.
    They're all just insecure about their own sexuality.

    Posted by: Matt | Apr 8, 2011 1:58:03 PM

  12. blame canada :D

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 8, 2011 2:04:06 PM

  13. The fans are simply men who have absolutely NOTHING to live for, outside of proving how much they actually have going for them, specifically how much of "men" they are and their masculinity. So even a joking/innocent gesture such as this will get them in a frenzy. That's how insecure these homophobic fans are. In most cases, it's the fans who are the more homophobic ones because the players have nothing to hide and nothing to prove. It's more of a testament of how insecure and embarrassing many men are when they feel threatened by the littlest of things.

    Posted by: Francis | Apr 8, 2011 2:18:20 PM

  14. Very cute clip. This sort of thing should be done more often in the Americas so that we can finally get over our cultural hang-ups. This is an area where at least a few European societies seem to have us beat. And...Leandro can take my hand anytime!

    Posted by: Priscilla Queen of the Jungle | Apr 8, 2011 2:25:58 PM

  15. It's truly unfortunate how homophobia is as destructive to male heterosexuals as it is to gay men. The underlying sense of fear it creates inhibits the natural, human trait of showing affection to those you care about and manifests itself in a sense of isolation.

    Posted by: Kerry | Apr 8, 2011 2:44:56 PM

  16. Hold up...did the mascot pat Evans' butt too? ;-)

    Posted by: Priscilla Queen of the Jungle | Apr 8, 2011 3:17:47 PM

  17. It's too short to tell if it's a stunt or not.

    Posted by: anon | Apr 8, 2011 3:42:40 PM

  18. Athletes are rarely homophobic themselves, its the fans that create the homophobia in sports.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Apr 8, 2011 3:50:25 PM

  19. I think one of the best things about this clip is how Evans looks right at the camera, laughs and shakes his head as if to say, "I know I'm gonna get sh*t for this but, whatever..." and continues to hold his hand. Barbosa doesn't even seem to notice anything at all. A reaction in the right direction.

    Posted by: Chris | Apr 8, 2011 3:53:59 PM

  20. Just wait. It'll turn out they lost a bet.

    Posted by: BobN | Apr 8, 2011 4:10:02 PM

  21. Two men holding hands is an outrage, but the constant butt-patting seen in every sport is okay?

    homophobes got their priorities all messed up.

    Posted by: SanJ | Apr 8, 2011 5:06:52 PM


    Posted by: ACe | Apr 8, 2011 5:12:59 PM

  23. it is super cute!

    Posted by: Tom Bardwell | Apr 8, 2011 5:46:08 PM

  24. That ten seconds of video, regardless of reality, was very romantic. Imagine playing on a team with your bf and walking off the court hand in hand after a victory. *swooon*

    Posted by: boo | Apr 8, 2011 5:47:56 PM

  25. Why can two straight men show affection?

    Posted by: jaragon | Apr 8, 2011 5:59:28 PM

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