Sunday, December 20, 2009

"Expect a tough time" says former NBA star, John Amaechi, on rugby star Thomas's coming out

"Former NBA player John Amaechi (left) has warned Gareth Thomas (right) to expect a tough time after the ex-Wales rugby captain revealed he was gay," reports Reuters. "When people learn you are gay, often that can squash your definition so all the good stuff goes and you just become 'some gay rugby player', which is quite difficult for many athletes to deal with," Amaechi told the BBC. Amaechi, who revealed he was gay after retiring from basketball in 2007, added homophobia was still present in sport. "Sport still needs to grow up in certain areas," said Amaechi. "As much as society has moved on, sport is still dragging behind."