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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

There's a Reason They're Not Doctors or Scientists

Jim Buzinski from Outsports.com has compiled a list of anti-gay slurs uttered by public sports figures in recent years. It makes for interesting reading (especially Buzinski's retorts) -- and reminds us all that the stereotype regarding "dumb jocks" is based on some level of reality. Here's just a couple to whet your appetite -- and ire:

The Outsports List of Anti-Gay Sports Slurs

Terrell Owens

Philadelphia Eagles receiver (2004)
Slur: "If it looks like a rat and smells like a rat, by golly, it is a rat" (implying former teammate Jeff Garcia is gay).
Analysis: Owens should be the last guy inferring that someone is gay. He fits several gay stereotypes: He's single and flamboyant and totally obsessed with his body. He loves parading around during practice clad in form-hugging lycra warm-up clothes, even in the coldest of weather. He also did the gayest thing we've ever seen on a football field when he shook pom-poms after scoring a touchdown in 2002.

Michael Jordan

Washington Wizards (2001)
Slur: "You [expletive] flaming faggot. You don't get a foul call on a [expletive] little touch foul, you [expletive]. Get your [expletive] back on the floor and play. I don't want to hear that out of you again. Get your ass back and play, you [expletive]." (Said to teammate Kwane Brown during October 2001 practice, according to a Washington Post Magazine article on June 14, 2002.)
Analysis: This received no attention from the mainstream media. Is it because Jordan is an icon? Or is it because that language (unfortunately) is heard at practices everywhere?

Read them all here --> http://www.planetout.com/health/fitness/?sernum=3049

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