Does Anyone Care Any More?

Rob MilanovContributor IOctober 30, 2009

3 Sep 1995:  Defensive lineman Esera Tuaolo of the Minnesota Vikings looks on during a game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Chiago, Illinois.  The Bears won the game, 31-14. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel  /Allsport
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Former NFLer Esera Tuaolo stated recently in an interview that he thinks that there are at least ten active NFL players that are homosexual. He might know better than most. He's one of the few openly gay ex-NFL athletes (To the best of my knowledge, no active player has ever 'come out of the closet')

Larry Johnson used a derogatory gay slur on his Twitter account this week, causing quite a stir.

Yes, I am aware that many players and fans of the NFL are ignorant and homophobic. Johnson proves this point.

But, for those of us who are capable of producing intelligent, coherent thoughts, does an athlete's sexual orientation really matter? Apparently, it does to many.

This reminds me of stories of racial discrimination in sports that we hear constantly. As much as I appreciate what Jackie Robinson, Kenny Robinson, etc. did for sports, I wish the color barrier wasn't an issue in the first place. Luckily for the world-class athletes currently up against the discrimination, sexual orientation is a lot easier to hide than skin color. That doesn't excuse the ignorance of the discriminators.

The idea that we apparently need another civil rights movement within professional sports depresses me. I wish these folks would wake up and realize that we are living in the 21st century.