Former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling had some pointed words for those who think homosexuality in sports matters. (REUTERS)
Days after San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver sparked off-field Super Bowl controversy by saying gays weren’t allowed in his locker room, yet another high-profile athlete waded into what has become a frequent topic of conversation around professional sports.
Three-time world series champion Curt Schilling, seemingly out of nowhere, chimed in on his official Twitter account Friday, saying he’s confused as to what the controversy is when it comes to the prevalence of homosexuality in athletics.
“I've never understood this 'issue' with gay players? Who cares? I know I played with some,” Schilling wrote.
“Why the hell would what they do in the bedroom ever matter?”
Recently, though, Schilling’s opinion hasn’t been heeded by others – and in Culliver’s case, although he later apologized, the Niners’ defensive back made his views known on a high-profile radio show this week.
“I don’t do the gay guys, man,” Culliver told Artie Lange, a former sidekick to Howard Stern, on his radio show. “I don’t do that. No, we don’t got no gay people on the team. They gotta get up out of here if they do … Can’t be with that sweet stuff ... In the locker room, man. Nah.”
Last month, Wade Davis, a defensive back who spent time with the Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks before playing in Europe, said there are already semi-openly gay men across some of North America’s major sports leagues.
“Openly gay is a bit strong,” Davis told the Daily Beast. “When we think of openly gay we think of walking down the street with your boyfriend but there are players who know that this player may have a boyfriend or may not date women and that's just it.”
The 34-year-old disclosed that he knows of three professional athletes, including a starter, who are gay and that many of their teammates are aware of their preferred sexuality.
“Not only in the NFL. There are some in the NFL and some in the NBA,” Davis said.
And, as Schilling disclosed Friday, in Major League Baseball.
“Their sexual orientation never had much to do with how they hit with (runners in scoring position), or pitched in late and close situations,” the six time all-star finished."