Well, not in so many words, but of all the people in our God forsaken world to speak on the current wave of former and current NBA players and executives coming out as gay adults, it is Charles Barkley who speaks most rationally. Those May 21 apocalypse people might be on to something.
Barkley told Washington Post columnist Mike Wise that he’s sure he’s played with gay teammates, that “every player has played with gay guys,” and that anyone who claims to have never played with a gay teammate is a “stone-freakin’ idiot.” He added that he’s never worried about being hit on by a gay teammate or thought a gay player would affect his team, although he did urge all open and closeted homosexual men to try Taco Bell’s Five Buck Box, which Barkley says “rocks.”
The NBA Legend urged all homophobes to Shut Up and Jam:
“Man, we need to outlaw guys who suck at sports. … I’d rather have a gay guy who can play than a straight guy who can’t play.”