John Amaechi's publicist announced on Wednesday that his client, former NBA player John Amaechi, "is coming out of the closet as a gay man." As a fan of professional basketball and as a human being of quality morals I find this revelation to be quite disturbing.
John Amaechi played in the NBA?! I had no idea.
"Three years after his playing career ended, Amaechi has become the sixth professional male athlete from one of the four major American sports (NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL) to publicly discuss his homosexuality.
Former NFL running back David Kopay came out in 1977; offensive lineman Roy Simmons and defensive lineman Esera Tuaolo came out more recently. Glenn Burke, an outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland A's in the 1970s, and Billy Bean, a utility player in the 1980s and 1990s, also have come out."
John Amaechi apparently played out the final two years of his career in Utah – averaging a stellar 2.6 points per game. I'm actually surprised that he didn't make this announcement sooner. If I know one thing about the people of Salt Lake City it's that they love homosexuals and minorities almost as much as they love the Osmonds and polygamy. Which is, you know, a whole lot.