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Would you play with a gay athlete?
Tue, August 14, 2007

The director of a prominent soccer club insinuates on national television that a player on a rival team is gay. The player sues for slander and goes on TV to deny being homosexual. A judge causes an uproar by saying gays don't belong in Brazilian soccer.

With a narrative like a Latin American telenovela, a controversy over the questioned sexual orientation of Sao Paulo midfielder Richarlyson has shaken one of Brazil's most hallowed institutions - soccer - with insults, blanket accusations of homophobia and unsolicited defences for supposedly closeted gay teammates.

Gay debate rages in Brazil

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I don't see what sexual preferance has to do with playing sports. Has anyone been to a swimming pool or a beach???
Dwain, 2007-08-17 10:36:00

Considering all the sports I've played and teams I've been on, chances are I already have played on a team with a gay athlete.

So what? Who cares? Not me.
Ted Richards, 2007-08-15 20:00:48

I've had my differences of opinion with you before, Brent, but this time I agree with you. A person's sexuality is no one's business but their own, and their partner's. What goes on between two consenting adults is a private matter. Period. If you remember me, Brent, this is going to shock you, but I find it far more perverse to commmit violence against another person who poses no threat to you than to be carnally attracted to someone of your own gender. If you play a team sport, you probably did have at least one gay team mate, and may never have known. As a heterosexual male, I can say that I very often enjoy the company of females without ever once thinking of engaging in sexual activities with them. I have a partner, thank you, and I get what I need from her. Gays may be different, but they are still human, and not that different. The ratio of gay men who lust after everything in pants is about the same as the ratio of sexual predators who hunt anything in a skirt. There are ways to make it very clear to them that the advances are unwelcome without resorting to violence, or taking the issue into court, or passing blanket laws that discriminate against the majority. As Brent said, Get over it.
Roy, 2007-08-14 20:32:35

Insecure folks have such problems. Are they afraid they might respond to another man? Who is really in the closet here?
Pedro, 2007-08-14 19:51:25

As long as there are separate locker rooms sure. Men and women don't share locker rooms for the same reason.
Joe, 2007-08-14 19:18:25

What in hell difference would it make ? If the athelete is a pro and is contributing accordingly I don't think any team-mate in their right mind would want to lose them. In my limited and very amateur background I was always excited by the team-mate who would set up a great play. I didn't ever ask what their sexual preferences were. I think this judge should be removed from the bench for displaying such a void in his thinking. Who would ever want to be in front of such a weak , undeveloped mind. I would be disappointed if any of my grandchildren displayed such poor taste. Jim
jim hickey, 2007-08-14 16:50:21

Time and time again, football has proven to be a game that crosses all boundaries and that includes absolutely everyone.

In history, sport has always been a fantastic early indicator of social evolution. During the era of Apartheid, South Africa prohibited black men to play on the national South African team and the FIFA and CAF (Confédération Africaine de Football) exclusion of South Africa in international tournaments made that blacks were included on the pitch, even before Apartheid was abandoned as a national policy.

In India, the British prohibited Indians from playing their game. However, one day, when a game was staged between the world reknown English team and the unexperienced Indian team, it was India's victory which really fueled and propelled the Indian independence movement forward.

As for women, once the Second World War was over with, women were excluded to play football professionally (as they did while the men were gone). However, social tendencies change and women, as we know today, were allowed to play football just as men were.

Today, a gay man is excluded. However, I, for one, am not worried, for time and time again, football has proven to the world that everyone has the right to play the beautiful game. As a homosexual, while I understand that I am in a large minority in a sport that is enjoyed by mostly heterosexuals, I enjoy the fact that nobody can ever tell that I am gay until the word gets to them. Unfortunately, some of my good friends turned on me and others who stuck by me. After all, there was no difference of any sort in the person I was before and after they knew. The only difference was that they knew... Força Richarlyson!
Rémi, 2007-08-14 16:46:29

When will people GET OVER homosexuality, ONCE and FOR ALL ??!!

Homosexuality EXISTS, period. They are PEOPLE too. You don't like it ? Don't DATE them !!!

Yet another example of the so-called MORAL MAJORITY, crapping on another HUMAN's RIGHT to EXIST.

If I wasn't such I peace lover with an open mind and heart I'd take a few minutes out of my day to show the JUDGE how it feels to be MARGINALIZED, and told that he does not BELONG in MY WORLD ... but, alas, I realize there is ROOM for EVERYONE on this planet ... even HYPOCRITICAL, morally CORRUPT JUDGES with NOTHING better to do with their life.

Live and let live, people.

Peace.
Brent, 2007-08-14 15:24:06

Why wouldn't you?

If you truly love the sport you play why would worry about stupid things like that? I'm certain years ago there would be discussions about the same question with race. Would you play with a black athlete? Why wouldn't I?
Ben, 2007-08-14 15:06:04

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