“Is it much ado about nothing?” muses sports scribe Craig Glazer. “The answer is pretty much yes, it is. I don’t think anybody who follows sports doesn’t believe that there have been several thousand players over the years that have been gay.
“The rumors were so strong about Chiefs kicker Nick Lowery and Royals star George Brett that Brett got Jeff Flanagan to write a column in the Star denying that he was gay.”
None of which much matters in today’s society, Glazer argues.
“Here’s what matters; is Sam good enough to play in the NFL?” Glazer says. “And a lot of people are questioning that because Missouri’s defense got run over in the Auburn game and guess who else got run over? Sam. So at this point it looks like he’s going to go in the 4th or 5th round of the draft this spring.”
And while there could be a local angle, don’t hold your breath, Glazer says.
“Maybe he makes sense for the Chiefs. But would the Chiefs draft an openly gay player? Probably not, the Chiefs are too conservative.”
“That’s a possibility and here’s why,” Glazer says. “It wasn’t a secret to the rest of the team or in the SEC that he was gay. This became an issue because the draft’s coming up and Sam made an issue of it. You know all this stuff about MU being so accepting? That’s a crock.
“I think Kansas City has a reputation of being a stick-in-the-mud town. I mean, we’re the city that banned nude dancing. Who would do that? Nude dancing at strip clubs? Imagine that!”
As for Sam being some sort of hero for coming out, that’s bogus, Glazer says.
“I mean, it’s hip right now to be gay. Especially if you’re a handsome, black football player with a pedigree. But comparing Sam to Jackie Robinson is outrageous. Jackie Robinson came into baseball in a hailstorm. There were threats to his life. This guy’s not going through all of that. Will there be some threats? Sure, there’s still a lot of homopobes out there but nothing like Jackie Robinson.”
Being gay – gay marriage even – is rapidly becoming a part of modern life.
“People still ask me about my being in prison,” Glazer says. “And the No. 1 question is always, did anybody try to rape me? The truth is, in most prisons, there’s so many gay men you really don’t have to rape anybody. When I was in prison I was too busy trying to bang the female guards.
“We’re a community that pretends to support this young man, but we’re also a community that watches porn on Saturday and then gets up and goes to church on Sunday.”