thadjock saidi've noticed a trend on RJ to dismiss and diminish the effect of pro athletes who come out AFTER they've retired, but i say BULLSHIT, this is still an important contribution to the narrative that's tearing down walls.
big salute to Connor and here's hoping he inspires others to display their own courage.
NOTE TO US: we're falling behind, are we gonna let the UK and Euro zone to kick our ass with the number of gay athletes coming out? lets go NFL, NHL, NBA
We agree with you on both counts. First, any pro athlete who's lived in an environment where it could be career-ending to come out is conditioned to hide, and regardless of his step coming while he's an active player or after he's retired from active play but his livelihood no doubt still depends on acceptance in the sports world, it's a win for him (or her) to come out, and by extension it's a win for "us". Second, the US environment is still far to constrictive indeed, and we need some added emphasis to get our gay athletes to be able to be themselves. The US should ALWAYS lead, not follow, so let's get OUR collective asses in gear on this, too!