A couple Sixers were quoted in the ESPN.com piece about ex-NBA role player John Amaechi coming ‘out’ and declaring that he’s gay:
Injured Philadelphia Sixers forward Shavlik Randolph acknowledged it’s a new situation.
“As long as you don’t bring your gayness on me I’m fine,” Randolph said. “As far as business-wise, I’m sure I could play with him. But I think it would create a little awkwardness in the locker room.”
News that Amaechi had come out surprised some players.
“For real? He’s gay for real?” said Philadelphia center Steven Hunter. “Nowadays it’s proven that people can live double lives. I watch a lot of TV, so I see a lot of sick perverted stuff about married men running around with gay guys and all types of foolishness.”
Even so, Hunter said he would be fine with an openly gay teammate.
“As long as he don’t make any advances toward me I’m fine with it,” he said. “As long as he came to play basketball like a man and conducted himself like a good person, I’d be fine with it.”
Steven knows gays. He watches lots of TV. And Shavlik, master of the hair gel, doesn’t want your gaynees on him. Not that there’s anything wrong with that (doesn’t everyone have to say that in a piece about gays?).
All kidding aside, Lebron’s quote was a little trouble, saying he wouldn’t trust someone living a lie like that…he seems to naively misunderstand why professional ballplayers who are gay don’t live open lives. They ain’t doing it because they’re trying to get a peek of you in the locker room, Lebron.