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Dallas Mavericks Owner Expects Gay NBA Player Within 5 Years, Likely Before a Female Coach

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told TMZ yesterday that he expects to see an openly gay player before a woman coach, probably within the next three to five years, the Dallas Voice reports.

CubanSaid Cuban:

I don’t think there’s really the perception that we are intolerant. I think the only issues we’ve had is with some fallback and some old-school type language that’s derogatory to gays. So there are certain words that I think were accepted five or 10 ten years ago that guys are starting to recognize you can’t use any longer, and that hasn’t been a problem. So I think it will be more of a media sensation when somebody comes out than it will be a player issue.

Watch the TMZ interview (gay player talk at 9:00), AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Tell that to the guys running ... they have been waiting so long that they refuse to predict anymore.

    The ridiculous part is that Outsports has collected literally hundreds of stories of gay athletes coming out stories and do not have a single negative coming out story, NOT ONE!

    So when you poll fans, coaches, other athletes, even the general public NO ONE (except a small portion of the general public) seems to think that a gay athlete wold be a problem yet athletes, in the big money sports, stay in the closet.

    So there is something else in play here, maybe agents, maybe the idea of sponsorships (which is silly when you stop to think about the companies that would come running after such an individual), maybe something else but whatever it is despite the end of DADT, the rise of Marriage Equality, and the massive popularity of shows like Glee, Modern Family, and the Neil Patrick Harris show (aka How I Met Your Mother) athletes are still hiding.

    Posted by: badlydrawnbear | Dec 19, 2011 11:59:56 AM

  2. badlydrawnbear, its funny you should mention Outsports. I was just on their site and they basically said that they have been hearing the whole "a gay player will be coming out soon" since 2000. They noted its been five years since John Ameci came out and so far no one else has. It is amazing considering all the positive coming out stories of high school and college athletes that have appeared on the site. You would think someone in one of the five professional leagues would have done it by now.

    Posted by: KP | Dec 19, 2011 2:26:41 PM

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