40 pro-basketball players allegedly posted homophobic tweets / LGBTQ Nation
A gay NBA fan known only as Chris has found 78 homophobic tweets written by 40 professional players from 23 NBA teams. The word “fag” was used in 29 tweets, “gay” in 40 and the phrase “no homo” in 17. outdoor sports reported.
Most of the tweets were posted between 2009 and 2013, two years before the US Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. In some cases, the players posted the tweets years before they officially joined the NBA.
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Attitudes have changed nationally and in the NBA since many tweets were written, but few had been deleted (until recently, it seems).
“I don’t care how long ago, it shows the character of the person, in my opinion,” basketball player Derrick Gordon said.
Gordon came out as gay while playing basketball at the University of Massachusetts and now plays professional basketball in Germany. “It’s a slap in the face for me, for the other people in my community. It’s disrespectful. I’m not for people losing their jobs, but words like that can’t be tolerated.
Four of the players on the list represented the United States at the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics. The list also contains players from the Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs , as well as four players from the Denver Nuggets, four from the Utah Jazz and six from the Phoenix Suns. .
A 2013 tweet from Indiana Pacers’ Oshae Brissett read, “Drop my twitter, fagot.”
A 2011 tweet from Gold State Warriors player Draymond Green reads, “Shut up gay boy.”
Another player caught in the act is current Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant. In April 2021, it was also revealed that Durant used profane and anti-gay slurs directed at actor Michael Rapaport via social media chat.
Durant faced a $50,000 fine for his insult, allegedly the most authorized by the collective agreement.
“I’m sorry people saw that language I used,” Durant said, apologizing for his posts. “It’s not really what I want people to see and hear from me, but hopefully I can get over it and get back on the floor.”