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ESPN: 5 Percent of MLB Players Know a Gay Player

Some interesting stats from an ESPN survey via Buzzfeed.

Justin_verlander— Asked "do you know of any gay players?" only 5% (six players) said yes. "Yes, but that's as far as I want to go, even if this is anonymous," said one National Leaguer.

— 46% said they own a firearm — and these 51 players have a total of 258 guns. "Let me ask you something," says one pitcher. "If you were rich and famous and your salary was in the newspaper every week, would you worry about your wife and kids? That's why I have guns."

Meanwhile, the Washington Post makes note of rappers and athletes supporting marriage equality:

The move among straight guys in athletics and other ultra-manly arenas is reflective of a national trend that shows the majority of Americans support marriage rights for same-sex couples. But it is also indicative of the place of the “tough guy” in society, said sociologist Michael Kimmel, who directs the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

“They do the right thing even if nobody else supports them,” Kimmel said. “A tough guy also always stands up for the little guy. The tough guy isn’t a bully. The tough guy is righteous. Part of being a tough guy is standing up for the underdog — so I see it as perfectly consistent.”

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  1. "“They do the right thing even if nobody else supports them,” Kimmel said. “A tough guy also always stands up for the little guy. The tough guy isn’t a bully. The tough guy is righteous. Part of being a tough guy is standing up for the underdog — so I see it as perfectly consistent.”"

    VERY nice to hear. Great thoughts to read first thing in the morning.

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | Mar 20, 2013 10:00:07 AM


  2. When I outed myself nationally in 1977, it did not effect my livelyhood when I created the Anita Bryant's Husband is a Homo sapian! T-shirt. Let's face facts about gay professional athletes who have not comeout openly... they can make millions during their career from endorsements... and coming out gay during their career could cost them those endorsements. So I understand why, if they do come OUT, they usually do it at the end of their playing career.

    What is great, is to have non-gay athletes support gay causes like gay marriage. I played on a Championship S.F. softball team in 1978 in the Gay Community Softball League. Our team won the right to represent S.F. in the Gay World Series in N.Y. but was kicked OUT for having too many "straights" on our roster. It was the time of Anita Bryant and Calif. State Senator John Briggs (who sponsored an initiative to ban gay teachers). Our Oil Can Harry's team had Vietnam Vets,City Firemen,a doctor,a teacher and was given a Proclamation from mayor Moscone because it represented the Diversity that S.F. has been known for. Our non-gay players brought their parents,wives,girl friends and kids to our game and enjoyed going with us after the games to gay bars to celebrate.

    I believe,soon things will change in the future when Athletes will be able to declare if they want to, if they are gay or straight.

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin the bleacher Preacher | Mar 20, 2013 10:22:10 AM


  3. If you're not famous, make minimum wage, live in Hunters Point or Crenshaw, wouldn't you worry about your wife & kids? I love how these gun owners try to justify their actions. Read any history lately? You really want the Wild Wild West everyday, on your commute, in your neighborhood?

    Posted by: puhleez | Mar 20, 2013 10:48:56 AM


  4. Just 5%, hard to believe.
    Same lame old excuse, weapons bring peace.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Mar 20, 2013 11:15:26 AM


  5. Jerry - a "man" puts what is right/moral above all else. There is a Yiddish word (Mensch) which means a person who always does the correct thing even when it is difficult to do it. Putting millions in salary and endorsement residuals above speaking up for the oppressed is egregiously immoral.

    Posted by: Hamish | Mar 20, 2013 1:20:50 PM


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