Another reason I like Charles Barkley

Badass Quote of the Day
[Via Dispatches from the Culture Wars]

From Charles Barkley:

“First of all, every player has played with gay guys. It bothers me when I hear these reporters and jocks get on TV and say, ‘Oh, no guy can come out in a team sport. These guys would go crazy.’ First of all, quit telling me what I think. I’d rather have a gay guy who can play than a straight guy who can’t play.

Any professional athlete who gets on TV or radio and says he never played with a gay guy is a stone-freakin’ idiot. I would even say the same thing in college. Every college player, every pro player in any sport has probably played with a gay person. … They always try to make it like jocks discriminate against gay people. I’ve been a big proponent of gay marriage for a long time, because as a black person, I can’t be in for any form of discrimination at all.”

If only that viewpoint was more widespread.


Charles actually has some of the better basketball pundits because he seems to have kept his eye on the prize and puts a reasonable perspective on what is, at its heart, a game.