Chatter: Charles Barkley On Gay NBA Players

5.19.2011

By Noah Michelson

“First of all, every player has played with gay guys... 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. 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.
-- Legendary basketball player Charles Barkley discussing gay players in the NBA.

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