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GLAAD: Homophobia Big Problem in NBA

5/23/2011 9:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

GLAAD claims a homophobic epidemic has erupted in the NBA, and wants the league to take action against players who spew hateful remarks against gays during games.

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GLAAD's reaction comes hours after Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah targeted a fan in the stands, calling him a f**got.  Kobe Bryant hurled the same slur during a playoff game last month.

GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios tells us, "Last month the NBA sent an important message about how such slurs fuel a climate of intolerance and are unacceptable. These anti-gay remarks, coming so soon after, demonstrate how much needs to be done.”

Barrios adds, “Noah's apology is a start. We are confident that the NBA will now take disciplinary measures and hasten its work with us to tell all players that there is no place for anti-gay words and attitudes in the game.”

It's unclear why Barrios is so confident the NBA will take action, because some of the players seem more than comfortable spewing anti-gay slurs on the court.  There's a sentiment in the NBA -- the term f**got is not really a gay slur, but just smack talk among athletes.


 

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76.

pinkywhitehead    

The ratio of that appalls me to no end. That word is awful it is just as bad a N*ger or Sp*k or even K*ke. As a Jewish man Harvey Levin should be ashamed that he even had the gall to ask that question. What if every time he went to go play ball with his boys and that every time he made a bad move they shouted K*ke K*ke K*ke. Yeah I don't think he would like that to much. It is the same thing. It has the same damaging effect. It is homophobic to a T!

1061 days ago
77.

Leader of the ignorant masses    

Though i do not feel anyone who plays a game for a living should be considered a role model there are many young people who do (But thank god for sports, i just think people who risk their lives are role models). Though i am not for or against homosexuality i do not believe this should be tolerated. The fact is hate is hate and spreading it and making it acceptable simply makes it more likely to continue. What some may think is not a big deal actually is. The fact is that this type of ignorance leads to acceptance and that leads to hate and that leads to violence. And it is a proven fact that the gay community is a constant target of violence. And why? because they live their life differently. Though i have no attraction to the same sex i feel that is my right because it is my personal business. And exactly why would it not be ok for someone who does to have that same consideration? The sad truth is when you use gay slurs you may think you are insulting them but really it just speaks volumes about your character. Cast the first stone and such.

1061 days ago
78.

Cody    

23% say its a gay slur? Dumbass ***gots, stop taking words so god damn seriously just to gain attention for yourself and your organization.

1061 days ago
79.

big gay al    

mimi are you upset because justin beiber wasnt on tmz today. its ok.

1061 days ago
80.

mary mau    

I am very disappointed in Noah. I always liked, and watched him.
I don't feel the same anymore. So sad :-(

1061 days ago
81.

Qs    

Words gain different meanings as time goes on. That word's original definition is 'a pile of sticks', it mean cigarette in the UK and was apparently originally a slur for witches burned. So yes, it is a gay slur but it's also a lot of other things. People use it all the time for non-gay hating reasons. I'm sure in 50 years it'll mean something else.

1061 days ago
82.

Tony Ramirez    

heeey ***gots
STFU with that nonsense, like the NBA is gonna crack down on smack talk .
im gonna start a league where u can say whatever u want and have it mean no disrespect to any and all people. plus u can hang on the rim and .
i call my gay friends *** all the time they like it. its a word get over it....

1061 days ago
83.

Mikey    

He was yelling at Bob Saget and yelled F U Saget, not f**got. Unless he was calling Bob Saget a f**got?

1061 days ago
84.

Roger    

Why that word? Calling it just smack talk is crazy.

It's a sportsmanship issue. They are professionals and are expected to act that way by the NBA. It's part of the job.

1061 days ago
85.

JAN    

Yes, it's not right to call somebody ***got BUT, people need to realize that jocks are idiots full of testosterone & adrenaline. They need to piss on everything and call eachother names to fill their egos. It's JUST stupid jock smack talk, nobody should care what comes out of their mouths.

1061 days ago
86.

KevMusic    

Heterophobic? I must have missed the story about all of the straight people being bullied and bashed by those gay gangs roaming the countryside. It's a slur but it's not going to stop because people will come up with rationales for using it.

1061 days ago
87.

Brian    

Which is more offensive - Calling someone a *** or telling them that they like to fellate other men? One would non-specific to homosexuality (in common usage) but considered offensive, while the other would be explicit and specific, but technically inoffensive. I'd laugh off being called a ***, but if someone said I like men's ****s in my mouth I'd likely be pretty angry.

There are lots of slang terms that are no longer associated with their origins. Mother****er? Hells yeah I'd do an older chick but that's rarely what's being implied.

Get past the words guys.

1061 days ago
88.

el polacko    

if they must "talk smack" why is it the they always use a gay slur? i haven't heard any of them call a fan a n***er, k*ke, or sp*c. this isn't "smack", it's homophobia plain and simple.

1061 days ago
89.

ShesMixedAndHesWhite    

shame on you ALL for not acknowledging it's SMACK TALK and therefore, a SLUR! DUH, that's what name calling is, offensive **** that needs to be relegated to them just calling each other a "joke", "****", "****er", "bastard", "Loser", "weak", "cry baby", etc... don't allow them to call each other p*ssies, f*ggots, n*ggers, etc. etc.

1061 days ago
90.

chanel    

OK THIS IS HOW I SEE IT F**GOT IS NOT A NICE WORD TO BE CALLED AT ALL IT NOT OK IT LIKE SAY N*GG*R IS THAT OK NO I DONT THINK SO. SO PUT YOUR SELF IN OUTHER SHOE FOR A SEC AND THINK HOW IT MAKE SOMEONE FEELS.

1061 days ago
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