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Gators123
05-15-2011, 05:52 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=6553603

Phoenix Suns president and CEO Rick Welts, in an effort to breach what he sees as the tiptoed-around topic of homosexuality in men's team sports, recently met with friends, associates and a newspaper reporter to reveal he is gay.

Welts, believed to be the first man in a prominent position in men's sports who has declared his homosexuality, says he wants to now mentor other gay people who seek to pursue a career in sports, according to The New York Times.

Rick Welts Welts talked to several friends and associates, including David Stern, before going public.

"This is one of the last industries where the subject is off limits," Welts told the newspaper. "Nobody's comfortable in engaging in a conversation."

According to the report, Welts talked separately to NBA commissioner David Stern, Suns guard Steve Nash, Hall of Famer Bill Russell and founding WNBA president Val Ackerman to discuss the message he wished to convey in making his sexual orientation public.

Stern was not taken aback or even surprised by the conversation, though he did assume beforehand that Welts, whose 40-year NBA career began as a ball boy, had wanted to meet to discuss career advice, according to The Times.

"What I didn't say at the time was: I think there's a good chance the world will find this unremarkable," Stern told The Times. "I don't know if I was confusing my thoughts with my hopes."

Nash held a similar perspective.

"Anyone who's not ready for this needs to catch up," Nash said. "He's doing anyone who's not ready for this a favor."

Alvin Gentry, who has been the Suns' head coach for 2 seasons after joining the team in 2004 as an assistant coach, complimented Welts, saying the fact he is gay is beside the point.

"I had a feeling about it," Gentry told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard when asked if he knew Welts was gay. "To me, what does it matter? I know he's great at his job; he's very organized and he does a brilliant job. To me, [his sexuality] is irrelevant.

"I'm happy for Rick because I think it takes a ton of weight off his shoulders," Gentry added. "I'm glad for him because it puts him in a more relaxed state. Do I look at him any differently or judge him any differently? Not in a million years. I've dealt with Rick for the last seven years and he's a great CEO and a great person.''

-Kobe24-TJ19-
05-15-2011, 05:54 PM
Do we need this thread?:sigh:

jrice9
05-15-2011, 05:55 PM
Good for him that he felt comfortable to come out.

Hopefully with this and the Sean Avery thing, its the beginning of a new era in sports

LTBaByyy
05-15-2011, 05:57 PM
Orange and Purple.... I get it now

Heater4life
05-15-2011, 06:03 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9KXkDMEPag

Heater4life
05-15-2011, 06:05 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBlbPw7WAqM

king4day
05-15-2011, 06:06 PM
Never even heard of this guy before. Guess he really lays low.

210Don
05-15-2011, 06:08 PM
ban him

Bullsfan22
05-15-2011, 06:08 PM
honestly knowing someone is gay is not a big deal at all.. I use to be ignorant about it but now after meeting some of them they are some of the most self conscious people you can be around. I don't see why this should be a big deal, and it's probably just as good as it is bad for the NBA marketing.

Kobes a Killer
05-15-2011, 06:08 PM
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Geargo Wallace
05-15-2011, 06:10 PM
the flaming Suns. good for you brahhh. Not a big deal to me.

Rafer17
05-15-2011, 06:12 PM
ban him

:laugh2:

ne3xchamps
05-15-2011, 06:14 PM
who cares?? It's not like he is the only guy involved in sports that is gay. No need for this thread, its not even news worthy.

IndiansFan337
05-15-2011, 06:14 PM
Hopefully it makes a difference, but I think everyone will forget about this within 2-3 weeks and it won't truly make a difference.

oak2455
05-15-2011, 06:14 PM
Never even heard of this guy before. Guess he really lays low.

Missionary position:puke:

Crackadalic
05-15-2011, 06:15 PM
Props for him. Too much hate in the world because someone is something society don't normally accept. Theres terrorist out there to worry about:)

IndiansFan337
05-15-2011, 06:15 PM
honestly knowing someone is gay is not a big deal at all.. I use to be ignorant about it but now after meeting some of them they are some of the most self conscious people you can be around. I don't see why this should be a big deal, and it's probably just as good as it is bad for the NBA marketing.

I don't see how it is bad for NBA marketing in any way.

The NBA isn't going to be selling gay apparel or promoting "Gay nights" at their games.

He's just trying to let people know that it is OK to publicly admit it and that you don't need to hide it if you are gay.

Chacarron
05-15-2011, 06:15 PM
So, Stern is to follow?

oak2455
05-15-2011, 06:16 PM
Heard he had a affair with Bosh:shrug:

ne3xchamps
05-15-2011, 06:16 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBlbPw7WAqM

and this is why no one on PSD can stand heat fans.

MrfadeawayJB
05-15-2011, 06:17 PM
Never even heard of this guy before. Guess he really lays low.

:laugh:

Gators123
05-15-2011, 06:19 PM
who cares?? It's not like he is the only guy involved in sports that is gay. No need for this thread, its not even news worthy.

Hey *******, maybe you should consider reading the article. Nothing wrong with having a thread about it.

king4day
05-15-2011, 06:21 PM
I think this is better off in the general discussion forum. This ones not going well.