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Former NBA player coming out of the closet on Valentine's day?

Discussion in 'NBA Dish' started by DaDakota, Feb 6, 2007.

  1. leroy

    leroy Contributing Member

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    My aunt has worked in a restaurant in Durham for the last 20 years that is frequented by Duke players and coaches. It has been pretty well known around those parts that Laettner is gay. It's not really news to anyone in the Research Triangle if it's him that comes out.
     
  2. TBar

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    Definitely Larry Bird
     
  3. jopatmc

    jopatmc Contributing Member

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    Laettner may be gay but he's not the one.

    Former Rocket. Former teammate of TMac.
     
  4. pradaxpimp

    pradaxpimp Contributing Member

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    hahhaha, way to bust his lying ass.
     
  5. Rox225

    Rox225 Contributing Member

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    Ok, spill the beans..
     
  6. hotballa

    hotballa Contributing Member

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    that English guy, John Ameiechie whatever. He used to read poetry and sip cinnamon tea. He shoulda been on the Heat cuz he was flaming.
     
  7. KellyDwyer

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    CL played in 2005. Two years ago.

    Gill was a Bull. I've seen him canoodling (sp?) with his hot Asian girlfriend with fake boobies, as recently as, well, 2005. Not gay.

    This whole thing is stupid. Roman's better than that. I think.
     
  8. Rox225

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    In his first post he said the hint was :MB

    I'm guessing initials?
     
  9. hotballa

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    Man Law #3224:

    Thou shalt never EEEEEEVER use the word "canoodling" in any situation whatsoever.
     
  10. SamFisher

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    Agreed. What year is this again?
     
  11. vwz

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    Deadspin broke the story that it's going to be former Houston Rocket John Amaechi. Not suprisingly, as Amaechi was extremely intelligent and wrote poetry in his spare time. Very courageous, and deserves some kudos.

    His book is available for pre-order on Amazon
     
  12. hotballa

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    booyah!

     
  13. rrj_gamz

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    Good for him...Laettner, yes, ghey, but who cares...Duke is still overated...
     
  14. fba34

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    didnt we use to call john ameichi 'man boobs' or 'man breasts' ?
     
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    This part made me chuckle for some reason. "Gotta love dem smart gay folks".;)
     
  16. DoitDickau

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    retired about 3 years ago?: check

    recently divorced long time wife?: check

    earring in right ear check?: check

    ok figured it out. it's michael jordan
     
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    http://outsports.com/nba/20062007/0207amaechi.htm
     
  18. DaDakota

    DaDakota If you want to know, just ask!

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    Man BOOBS !! !!

    DD
     
  19. Dei

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    He's out:

    http://outsports.com/nba/20062007/0207amaechi.htm

    John Amaechi to come out publicly

    John Amaechi, a former player with the Utah Jazz and Orlando Magic, has become the first NBA player to come out as gay.

    Amaechi will announce publicly for the first time that he is gay on an episode of ESPN's "Outside The Lines" to air Feb. 13, Outsports has learned. His book, published by ESPN Books, "Man In The Middle," in which he chronicles his NBA career and directly addresses the travails of being a closeted professional athlete, will be released the following week.

    Amaechi's sexuality has been rumored for years. In an April 2001 column for Outsports, NBA columnist Randy Boyd named Amaechi, then playing with the Orlando Magic, as No. 16 among those in the NBA most likely to be gay.

    "Could be that the Nigerian-Brit just operates on a different planet?" Boyd asked in his column. "But then again, that explanation for his atypical behavior wouldn’t be any fun now would it?"

    That atypical behavior included a penchant for designing gardens, listening to opera before games and writing poetry.

    In Amaechi's first contact with Outsports in December, he asked with his playful sense of humor, "Why wasn't I higher than 16th?"

    Outsports has been tracking this story for the last year, as quiet rumblings in private conversations started to surface, and had agreed to embargo a story until just prior to his first TV appearance. However, speculation that Amaechi was coming out has become heavy in the past few days, with his publicist, Howard Bragman, dropping hints at a Super Bowl week party in Miami about an NBA player coming out.

    Amaechi contacted Outsports' Cyd Zeigler in December and Outsports introduced Amaechi to Bragman. The publicist had previously handled the coming out of NFL player Esera Tuaolo, golfer Rosie Jones and WNBA superstar Sheryl Swoopes.

    Outsports acquired a copy of Amaechi's book last week. It is clearly the work of a thoughtful, intelligent man who has focused even more on developing his character and spirit as he has on his jump shot and rebounding.

    The book traces his life from early childhood until he was bought out of his contract with the New York Knicks in early 2004. Along the way it paints the picture of a lonely man who only found community when he gathered the strength to start coming out to friends and family.

    Amaechi was raised mostly in England by a single mother. He did not discover basketball until he was well into his teens. He spent one year playing high school basketball in the United States before heading to Vanderbilt, where he played only one season before transferring to Penn State.

    Amaechi was a standout on the Penn State basketball team from 1992 to 1995, where he was twice named First Team Academic All-American. He was not drafted, but he became the first undrafted player in league history to start in his first game as a rookie, with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    He followed his time as a Cavalier with three years playing in Europe, where he dated and had a regular boyfriend for a time in England. He returned to the NBA in 1999 and was celibate until he went to the Jazz. His guaranteed contract with the Jazz set his mind at ease, and it was there that he began venturing out to gay establishments and building a mostly gay circle of friends (the first wide circle of friends of his life, according to the book).

    "Those grumpy social conservatives who continue to insist that gay life is lonely and unhappy have obviously never met my friends," Amaechi wrote.

    He writes of his first sexual experience in the United States, and how the Utah Jazz and Salt Lake City, controlled by the Latter Day Saints, was an odd backdrop for what felt like his coming out party. He also acknowledges that those in gay clubs like New York's Splash and Los Angeles' Abbey who have claimed in the past to have spotted him there while he was with the Jazz may, in fact, have done so.

    "By the end of my second Utah season, I was practically daring reporters to take the bait and out me," he wrote. "But it never happened. My sexuality, I felt, had become an open secret, which was fine by me. I'd left enough open to interpretation that suspicions were gaining momentum."

    In a 2002 interview with the Scotsman newspaper, Amaechi had this to say about the subject of gays in the NBA: "If you look at our league, minorities aren't very well represented. There's hardly any Hispanic players, no Asian-Americans, so that there's no openly gay players is no real surprise. It would be like an alien dropping down from space. There'd be fear, then panic: they just wouldn't know how to handle it."

    The book also offers insight into the closed world of professional sports, including Amaechi's spirited and friendly political arguments with Karl Malone, what he called the betrayal of Orlando Magic management, kind words from former Indiana coach Bobby Knight, his regret that he never told Greg Ostertag, "the gentle big man" whom he respected, that he was gay when Ostertag asked him while they played together in Utah, his respect for then-Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy, and his lack of respect for Jazz coach Jerry Sloan.

    "Unbeknownst to me at the time," Amaechi wrote, "Sloan had used some anti-gay innuendo to describe me. It was confirmed via e-mails from friends who worked in high-level front-office jobs with the Jazz."

    On the court, Amaechi played in 301 games over five seasons, ending in 2003 with the Utah Jazz. His best seasons were in 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 when he started 89 games for the Orlando Magic. His career high for points came in a 2000 game against Denver, when he scored 31.

    While the book gives a glimpse into the life of the first openly gay former NBA player, it more importantly paints a picture of a man whose dedication to philanthropy once led him to turn down a $17 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. It was for his philanthropic work and motivational-speaking endeavors that he was a 2006 recipient of the Penn State Alumni Achievement Award.

    Amaechi, listed on the website 100 Great Black Britons, now runs the ABC Foundation, designed "to get kids playing sports," according to his website. "The ABC Foundation aims to increase participation in physical activity and holistic support services by building affordable, quality facilities and making expert coaches, respected mentors and educators available to all young people." The foundation's first sports center was built in Manchester, England, close to his childhood home of Stockport.

    Amaechi embraces his position as role model for kids with as much vigor as so many professional athletes try to distance themselves from it.

    "It would be nice to one day see one of these kids play in the NBA," Amaechi wrote. "But that's not what gets me up in the morning. It's a chance to change the culture, at least for a few kids."

    Amaechi also owns Animus Consulting. The company, according to its Web site, offers a "range of programs … tailored to inspire, motivate, challenge and entertain in the pursuit of individual and group development - in a way that directly impacts the bottom line."

    Said Boyd of Amaechi's coming out: "Hopefully it will be an inspiration to people who are hetero-identified to be more tolerant and to not assume that all 10 players on a given court have sex the same way they have sex."
     
  20. Dr of Dunk

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    Hmm... I might have to get this book. Good for him. Sounds like a classy guy.

    Another one professes the greatness of Gundy. ;)
     

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