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Old 05-15-2011, 08:11 PM   #1
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Default Phoenix Suns president Rick Welts admits he is gay

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/16/sp...he-is-gay.html

Last month, in a Midtown office adorned with sports memorabilia, two longtime friends met for a private talk. David Stern, the commissioner of the National Basketball Association, sipped his morning coffee, expecting to be asked for career advice. Across from him sat Rick Welts, the president and chief executive of the Phoenix Suns, who had come to New York not to discuss careers, but to say, finally, I am gay.

In many work environments, this would qualify as a so-what moment. But until now, Mr. Welts, 58, who has spent 40 years in sports, rising from ball boy to N.B.A. executive to team president, had not felt comfortable enough in his chosen field to be open about his sexuality. His eyes welling at times, he also said that he planned to go public.

By this point, Mr. Welts had already traveled to Seattle to share his news with another friend, Bill Russell, one of the greatest basketball players ever and the recent recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He had also met with Val Ackerman, the founding president of the Women’s National Basketball Association, in New York, and would soon be lunching in Phoenix with Steve Nash, the point guard and leader of the Suns and twice the N.B.A.’s most valuable player

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That explains the uniforms.
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He's hot.

/No homo.
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Default Re: Phoenix Suns president Rick Welts admits he is gay

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Why did Rick Welts make this choice to be gay?

Not a choice my man. I'm glad he came out. I wish that gay athletes would come out and support gay marriage. It's no better than racism for gay marriage to be illegal. If you think otherwise, then think before you go on some internet tirade. WHAT is the different? It's taking a right away from a group of people based on something they can't control. You could attempt to force yourself to be straight, but nobody should have to do that.
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:19 PM   #6
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Not a choice my man. I'm glad he came out. I wish that gay athletes would come out and support gay marriage. It's no better than racism for gay marriage to be illegal. If you think otherwise, then think before you go on some internet tirade. WHAT is the different? It's taking a right away from a group of people based on something they can't control. You could attempt to force yourself to be straight, but nobody should have to do that.

Nice post.
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Default Re: Phoenix Suns president Rick Welts admits he is gay

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/16/sp...he-is-gay.html

Last month, in a Midtown office adorned with sports memorabilia, two longtime friends met for a private talk. David Stern, the commissioner of the National Basketball Association, sipped his morning coffee, expecting to be asked for career advice. Across from him sat Rick Welts, the president and chief executive of the Phoenix Suns, who had come to New York not to discuss careers, but to say, finally, I am gay.

In many work environments, this would qualify as a so-what moment. But until now, Mr. Welts, 58, who has spent 40 years in sports, rising from ball boy to N.B.A. executive to team president, had not felt comfortable enough in his chosen field to be open about his sexuality. His eyes welling at times, he also said that he planned to go public.

By this point, Mr. Welts had already traveled to Seattle to share his news with another friend, Bill Russell, one of the greatest basketball players ever and the recent recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He had also met with Val Ackerman, the founding president of the Womenís National Basketball Association, in New York, and would soon be lunching in Phoenix with Steve Nash, the point guard and leader of the Suns and twice the N.B.A.ís most valuable player


who Cares if he's gay
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Not a choice my man. I'm glad he came out. I wish that gay athletes would come out and support gay marriage. It's no better than racism for gay marriage to be illegal. If you think otherwise, then think before you go on some internet tirade. WHAT is the different? It's taking a right away from a group of people based on something they can't control. You could attempt to force yourself to be straight, but nobody should have to do that.


Actually everyone IS allowed to enter into a legal martial contract. Everyone.

The law is applied the same way to all.

Just sayin.
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:33 PM   #9
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Not a choice my man. I'm glad he came out. I wish that gay athletes would come out and support gay marriage. It's no better than racism for gay marriage to be illegal. If you think otherwise, then think before you go on some internet tirade. WHAT is the different? It's taking a right away from a group of people based on something they can't control. You could attempt to force yourself to be straight, but nobody should have to do that.

1. Gay marriage is an oxymoron.
2. Science is 100% people are born different races, science has not categorically proven people are born gay. Except for gay scientists and their own studies.
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1. Gay marriage is an oxymoron.
2. Science is 100% people are born different races, science has not categorically proven people are born gay. Except for gay scientists and their own studies.


lol. Simple question: did you choose to be straight?


Bonus question: Can you tell everyone why you believe someone would choose to be gay?
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Default Re: Phoenix Suns president Rick Welts admits he is gay

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1. Gay marriage is an oxymoron.
2. Science is 100% people are born different races, science has not categorically proven people are born gay. Except for gay scientists and their own studies.

Science has proven the being gay is not a choice, it's always just pushed aside by religious fools who act like they follow their religion but really don't (instead they just pick and choose what they want to believe).
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lol. Simple question: did you choose to be straight?


Bonus question: Can you tell everyone why you believe someone would choose to be gay?

Thank you.
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Actually everyone IS allowed to enter into a legal martial contract. Everyone.

The law is applied the same way to all.

Just sayin.

No they aren't. Not gay people. That's like saying well EVERYBODY is allowed to vote, just as long as you are born white (when minorities were not allowed to vote).
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lol. Simple question: did you choose to be straight?


Bonus question: Can you tell everyone why you believe someone would choose to be gay?

I believe I was born straight like everyone else.
I also believe some people are born with some traits that when combined with particular environments can foster homosexuality.

*waits for animals are gay argument*
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who Cares if he's gay

Well, if you read the article, not admitting he was gay cost him a long term relationship because as such a public figure, his partner never went to any events, etc.

I don't know. I have been married for 12 years and I can't imagine not going to certain events, christmas parties, cause of shame or something. And I bet he gets to go to some cool parties.
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