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Former Milwaukee Brewers Pitcher Mark Knudson: Openly Gay Players Will Hurt Straight Players “Feelings”

Oh brother……

In a recent column he wrote for Mile High Sports, former Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher and now syndicated sports columnist Mark Knudson penned the most insane anti-gay argument stating that sportsmen should stay in the closet to spare their homophobic teammates the horrors of feeling “uncomfortable.”

“Just as absurd as comparing workplace environments is the ridiculous claim by some in the gay community that there wouldn’t be any sort of physical attraction for a gay athlete toward any of his straight teammates – which would cause those very uncomfortable situations. He’s gay; he’s not dead. He can’t just flip a switch and turn off his feelings when he walks into the locker room.

Of course he’s going to have feelings of attraction toward a teammate or two. It’s human nature. These are some of the most physically fit and desirable human beings on the planet. The gay athlete isn’t going to notice that? And obviously, the straight teammates are going to feel the same sort of vibe that the attractive girl on the co-ed softball team gets from a few of the men on her team. Attractive people know when they’re being “checked out” and it leads to those very awkward moments. It’s human nature for people to be attracted to other people and it’s not going to stop happening because the workplace environment is a locker room rather than a typical office setting…….

……….No one has said that gays should not be allowed to play in the NFL. What has been said is that having a gay teammate would make some players uncomfortable. That’s about their feelings. Feelings aren’t right or wrong; they’re just feelings. It’s telling someone their feelings are wrong that’s the real wrong.

So what’s being debated here is not actual discrimination, but rather hurt feelings. Just because [retired out football player Esera Tuaolo] felt uncomfortable about his homosexuality inside a machismo-filled, heterosexual-dominated locker room does not mean he was denied any opportunities. In fact, he endured emotionally and has profited handsomely by taking full advantage of his talents and opportunities.

It’s also important to consider that the heterosexual players involved have feelings, too, and they’’e no more or less valid than the feelings of those in the gay community. It’s amazing how many people feel free to criticize and tell athletes how they are supposed to feel, as if that’s anyone else’s right.”

Hey Knudson!

What about MY feelings of being repressed? Of not allowing people know who I really am? Of hearing all those cruel jokes in the locker room? Of not being able to talk about my last date? Of not being able to express my own dreams and desires? Of not being allowed to pursue my own happiness?

Oh and by the way, with an unimpressive win-loss record of 24-29, and an ERA of 4.72  no gays in the lockeroom between 1985 and 1993 to make you feel “uncomfortable” Whats your excuse for your lackluster?  Has-been, never-was moron.

 

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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