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Watch: NBA Raptors Players Hold Hands, Fan Homophobia Ensues

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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."

Watch the clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Hysterical. What would people say should he kiss him on the cheek?
    By the way, it is not “the western culture” as someone commented. It’s just the Germanic culture –sociologically speaking that is-, there are western countries where male to male casual display of affection is not taboo.

    Posted by: Lexxvs | Apr 8, 2011 7:42:14 PM


  2. I bet they did it just to show what kind of homophobic haters would come out to say something.

    Posted by: Skooter McGoo | Apr 8, 2011 8:02:40 PM


  3. Male on male intimacy and companionship needs to be encouraged...it's natural and there IS an innate desire for many men especially those who consider themselves "straight"...to explore their sexuality. But since insecure (jealous) females and some other parts of society tell them not to- they don't and boy are they missing out on some real enjoyment!

    Posted by: Mitch | Apr 9, 2011 6:54:27 AM


  4. What a non-event.

    But if the image of these two together gives some guys masturbatory fantasies, then I'm all for it.

    Posted by: Ivan | Apr 9, 2011 8:01:05 AM


  5. Obviously, the way to celebrate a win is to kick your team mate in the nuts. That's manly enough, right?

    Posted by: wimsy | Apr 9, 2011 10:52:20 AM


  6. LOOOOOOOOOOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: steven | Apr 9, 2011 11:55:37 AM


  7. The guy on the right doesn't look happy about what he's doing. His head is down. He avoids the camera and won't look his teammate in the eye. He's not smiling. It's very clear to me that he's not doing this willingly, but out of some duty.

    Maybe he lost a bet. Or maybe he's supposed to be keeping the other gay away from the mascot for some reason.

    Posted by: Randy | Apr 9, 2011 3:26:03 PM


  8. Oh geez. Typo. Too late now.

    Posted by: Randy | Apr 9, 2011 3:26:32 PM


  9. UR so right Randy. This was so a bet, hahaha. Very observant of you! But still funny and great press. Why should it be such a big freakin deal. Good for them. They should do this more often. It's somethin.

    Posted by: just_a_guy | Apr 9, 2011 9:22:02 PM


  10. Not a bad thing at all.. They're just holding hands... You can't hold a male hand?

    Posted by: Professional Athletes David | Aug 31, 2011 8:50:28 AM


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    Posted by: Professional Athletes David | Aug 31, 2011 10:13:44 AM


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