Are Pro-Sports Ready And Willing To Welcome Homosexual Athletes?
By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
April 30, 2013
NBA player Jason Collins made history this week when he came out as the first gay active player in pro-sports, bringing the issue of homophobia in professional sports to the forefront.
The 7 foot center for the Wizards, has taken one of the most hush-hush issues in the league and shoved it into the spotlight, but just how ready and willing is the league and its players to welcome homosexuality. Dr. Mitch Abrams is a sports psychologist with the group Learned Excellence for Athletes.
“The locker room can be a particularly merciless place where sometimes people can unfortunately use terms that are derogatory towards homosexuals as signs of weakness or signs of femininity and signs of weakness and so I think that male dominated sports are more resistant and afraid.”
Dr. Abrams says despite the macho attitudes that have dominated professional sports, he says this is a step in the right direction but says there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.