Being gay, doesn’t matter!

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History has a way of repeating itself, the good, the bad and the downright ugly. It wasn’t too many years ago that being a black athlete meant you didn’t have the intelligence to play at the level needed to beat the smart man. We all know how dumb that statement sounds today but back then it was not only believable but pretty much law when it came to sports.

The struggles and hatred directed at those players simply because they were not white is not something to make light of. Their lives were threatened at times and fear for their safety was very real. I would like to think as a society we have become more accepting than we were back then but the truth is the sporting world and in turn our society is still making the same mistake we did back then.

A lot has been talked about with the gay player being a distraction in the locker room and on the team and while we are thankfully far away from the days of blatantly saying what some players and organizations are thinking it is still an unnecessary issue. Being gay has no affect on a players ability to do their job. Zero, none, zilch!

It took us a very long time to stop saying he is a negro athlete. I hope we will learn from our past mistakes and we will not have to label homosexual athletes as such. There is nothing sexual about a locker room and gay teammate or otherwise that is not going to change, the only distraction will be caused by us putting too much attention on it and creating the distraction or by the players choosing to make it an issue.

Time will tell but hopefully it won’t take us nearly as long to figure it out this time around.

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Jeff Stevenson is a co-founder of winnipegwhiteout.com and co-host of the popular Jets Hockey Podcast. He grew up in Winnipeg, MB and became very passionate about sports, hockey and the Jets. Now Jeff is proud and honored to help bring news and information about the Winnipeg Jets to fans around the world.

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