Anyone Can Play

04 Mar 2012

Dan Steinberg for The Washington Post quotes Patrick Burke:

We want the day to come when it’s not a story when an athlete comes out, when athletes are only judged by how they can help their teams win.

This project is going to be very difficult and met with a great deal of outside criticism, but the Burkes are likely right that this particular rot needs to be dealt with first at the core – especially when “faggot” is the most common insult hurled during an NHL hockey game, when players in the big professional sports leagues wait until they retire to come out, when the very notion of “coming out” is still a subject for popular discussion.

This is a first step and simply that, but there has never been a journey that has made it anywhere without one.

(Via Janni Aragon)