Many people are waiting for the moment when a professional athlete in one of America’s major sports comes out of the closet and announces he is gay like it’s no big thing. Even with the growing acceptance of LGBT rights, such an announcement would still be a momentous thing.
When it comes to “manly” sports, there hasn’t been a high-profile athlete to be openly gay while playing professionally, save for Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas, who doesn’t exactly have much name recognition in the States. So we wait for more role models. We wait. And we wait.
The odds of such an occurrence are too great to ignore. Just based on the numbers, there have to be closeted pro athletes in either the NBA, NFL, MLB or NHL. That’s their prerogative.
On Monday, it appeared that former NBA player Von Wafer, currently playing overseas in Italy and last seen stateside suiting up for the Boston Celtics, unexpectedly came out on Twitter.
Said Wafer on Twitter: “I just wanna be gay,I wanna be honest with y’all… I like mens since I was like 15yo , dont be mad ppl on me cuz I still wanna have friends.”
As much as we’d like this to be true, Wafer’s agent, Terrance Doyle, quickly issued a denial to USA Today’s NBA writer J. Michael Falgoust, saying Wafer’s Twitter account had been hacked.
Wafer then posted some tweets about the hack:
What really made that seem false to us, however, is if an athlete from one of the four major sports in America came out it wouldn’t be done on Twitter. There would be a press conference and leaked rumors to the newspapers and sports blogs to test the waters first. It would be a major deal, and the first one wouldn’t want to ruin the opportunity to cash in by casually mentioning something on Twitter.
So Von Wafer likely had his Twitter account hacked. And we wait some more. It’ll be a huge deal if and when it happens. It never fails to surprise us that it hasn’t happened yet.