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I had a player tell me that they are gay, one of my closest friends. In fact, there are a lot of players who don't come out because that's their personal life."I just want to win, and if you can help in any way, I want you on the team; I don't care what you do [off the court.] We have a saying in sports …They know the stereotypes all to well and are probably more careful with their relationships with players as a result.When I was coaching, it sent cold chills down my spine to think of any physical contact or relationship with members of my team being misinterpreted or being accused of having a sexual relationship with any of my athletes.
Less than two weeks later, NBA veteran Jason Collins revealed to Sports Illustrated that he too is gay, thus becoming the first active male athlete from one of the four major team sports to come out.One high profile serious lapse in judgment (if the rumors about Pokey Chatman are true) casts a dark shadow over all lesbian coaches and makes it less likely that any of them will consider coming out anytime soon as a result.This is a tragedy for Pokey, her team, women’s basketball and lesbian coaches everywhere. Even though they are closeted, everyone knows they are there.Most of them are ethical, mature and hard-wired to avoid ever even giving the appearance of “inappropriate” interest in their players.