“Out of the Mainstream But Into Their Hoops!” (Part Two) or “John Amaechi’s Big Mistake “
Posted by Steve Bzomowski on March 6, 2007
John Amaechi (from The Onion.com/photos)
(John Amaechi. I know. Old news. At this point all thinking people understand and accept and welcome those of a different sexual orientation. The fear seems to have disappeared once the news broke that gays were not, in fact, training suicide bombers on the steppes of Afghanistan.)
John Amaechi should have come out of the closet in high school. That was his big mistake. Not so much for him, he seems to be doing fine. But it cost us. Damn, it cost us! You see, we were recruiting him when I was at Harvard; in fact, I flew out to watch him practice one day at his school in Toledo. The only other college coach in the gym was Bob Knight’s top assistant at Indiana University, Ron Felling. Would Bob Knight have wanted a gay kid in Hoosierland? I don’t know, Knight’ll fool you sometimes. My “fantasy” is that he would not have. How about all the other coaches “after” him? He eventually went to Vanderbilt but quickly transferred; must have been all those homophobes down South. Maybe all the coaches and all the teams across the country who wanted him to come to their campuses because he was bright, personable, articulate, easy-going, big, strong, oozing with basketball potential and gaining skills rapidly would have turned their backs on him because he was gay. That would have been so great, because at Harvard, we would have taken him in a second, welcomed with open arms his intelligent, athletic, gay self and definitely, DEFINITELY, been on our way to the ever elusive goal: Harvard’s first ever Ivy League basketball championship. John, oh John, why couldn’t you have come out sooner?