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    Oct 24, 2007 8:10 PM GMT
    Former Golden Gopher comes out
    Basketball standout Zach Puchtel talks about his sexuality and his hopes of tackling the NFL

    And the interview itself is here.
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    Oct 24, 2007 9:45 PM GMT
    fuck he is so hot
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    Oct 24, 2007 9:57 PM GMT
    Come out...stay in....make up my mind!

    "GH: In your blog ( http://puchtel.blogspot.com) you said that you made a public spectacle out of yourself when you came out. What happened?
    ZP: It was a spectacle because it was on stage, in front of about 3000 people. I stopped the show, walked to the front of the stage, and made my announcement that I was gay."
    ...............

    "GH: Many athletes at the levels that you played at had access to women that the average college student doesn’t… did this ever present a conflict for you?
    ZP: No, because I love women.

    GH: You had a serious girlfriend, right?
    ZP: Yes, I dated her for close to a year and half.

    GH: How did she react when you told her? Was she surprised?
    ZP: I had shared some feelings with her, but yeah, she was shocked. She was very understanding. For the record, I’m not gay, I am who I am.

    GH: Does that mean that you are interested in dating men or women?
    ZP: Women

    GH: I'm a little confused, how is that coming out if you still want to date women?
    ZP: I had to find out exactly where I stood with my own sexuality, and so I did.

    GH: So...you experimented and realized you did want to be with women?
    ZP: I’m at a point that if I met someone and loved them, I wouldn't let their gender get in the way, and I don’t think anyone should."
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    Oct 24, 2007 10:28 PM GMT
    i know i found that confusing too, but hey hes still hot lol
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    Oct 24, 2007 11:33 PM GMT
    Haha - yeah. I thought, hey, too bad he wasn't around to contribute to this thread http://www.realjock.com/topic/4183/
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    Oct 25, 2007 1:51 AM GMT
    Altho I know nothing more than that interview. I sounds like to me that he is gay. Let it out...and is now trying to wiggle back in. I think he doesnt like the status in society that one is as a gay. He isnt one of the "boys" anymore. He isnt going be treated that way anymore. It takes guts to life outside the mainstream. He used to have it all...looks, athletic achievement, and adoration. Now....oops...the adoration maybe is as great as it once was. He has to take responsibility for his life. And if he has never faced it before, he has to do that whole rethinking about what society says and who he is.

    Gay aint for sissies!
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    Oct 25, 2007 3:26 AM GMT
    "...i know i found that confusing too..."

    It's confusing only if there is a rule that says you have to be either gay or straight, and not in between. There is no such rule.

    By definition, if he's having sex with women and men, he is BI. If he's mostly attracted to men, and is using this girlfriend as a cover, even if he is having sex with her, he's trying to cram the genie back into the bottle.

    He's had sex with men...he's attracted to men....and he will always have that attraction.

    He should deal with it...move on.

    (Sorry, I don't mean to sound harsh, but it does get tiresome to hear people try to rationalize having sex with guys as a "stage"...it's so intellectually dishonest.).

    John
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    Oct 26, 2007 1:46 AM GMT
    fastprofIt's confusing only if there is a rule that says you have to be either gay or straight, and not in between.

    I found it confusing cuz he said two contradictory things about himself....I am gay...I am not gay...he didnt say he was bisexual
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    Oct 26, 2007 2:09 AM GMT
    I believe he was trying to make a statement to the public - hey I'm gay, but I am more than just gay.

    I don't think he wanted every caption of every picture or article that he was in to be "gay power forward Zach Puchtel takes it to the hole" (haha)

    I take respect out of him making that statement, and will hopefully make it easier for others to do the same if they feel the need.

    Sure, there can be those people out there who are ultra-proud and show their gay-pride on their sleeve, but I don't think the general public is ever accept that. What he did was smart, and make people think, yeah, he is gay, so what?
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    Oct 26, 2007 2:29 AM GMT
    Wow...I guess I have a type after all.

    SuperHot™