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THE way Kevin McClatchy figured it, he had to choose. He could indulge his dream of presiding over a big-time professional sports team, or he could be open about his sexuality. The two paths didn’t dovetail.
Mr. McClatchy was the head of the ownership group of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He left his role in 2007. That quote is the opening paragraph of the story. What I find so funny is that he now has a partner of four years whom he met through Rick Santorum's office. (I wonder what Ricky thinks of this!)

more below.

McClatchy said that he frequently heard homophobic language during his days in baseball. It convinced him that keeping his sexual orientation hidden was best.  
While I am glad he found happiness after he left the game that is what irks me. He found it AFTER he left the game. He could have done all kinds of things with the league office.
McClatchy said, “I’m sure people will criticize me because I came out later, and I should have come out while I was in baseball and in the thick of it.”
YES! However, he does mention he is turning 50 soon and is not going to hide anymore. It is when people have the ability to affect change that I have the biggest problem that they don't.

There is a reason I love OutSports. They have tackled these issues for over a decade. But they are on the outside of the Sports establishment. Mr. McClatchy was on the inside. He was an OWNER. I've talked about the lack of a high profile player coming out while playing. The fear is all about how the locker room will take the news and potential loss of money. Here was a man who could have provided cover from the top.

Originally posted to The Mad Hatter on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 07:48 AM PDT.

Also republished by Angry Gays and Milk Men And Women.

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  •  Things are changing very quickly in pro sports (9+ / 0-)

    The NHL's "You Can Play" effort is a great first start.

    The recent support for marriage equality by NFL players Brendan Ayanbadejo and Chris Kluwe are proving that the NFL is not as homophobic as most have believed.

    I'm proud of my SF Giants and other MLB teams who have hosted "Until there's a cure" days for many years to help in the fight against AIDs.   They have also participated along with other MLB teams in making an "It Gets Better" video.   Matt Cain and his lovely wife Chelsea along with other MLB players like Yovani Gallardoh and Mat Latos have participated in the "No on H8" campaign.    Finally, the Giants have LGBT nights at the park every season.

    I think we are very close to a tipping point and soon will have out and proud athletes participating in each of the major sports.

    I'm also much more a pessimist about things than an optimist so I don't say this lightly.

    •  I agree with the above (2+ / 0-)
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      Outsports has a list of all the "pro-gay" athletes out there right now. Things are much better. However, when a person has the ability to really influence change and doesn't, that is what really gets to me.

      I do believe there will be many out athletes over the next decade because they will be out from an early age.

      The Spice must Flow!

      by Texdude50 on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 08:09:55 AM PDT

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    •  Bob Costas talked about that on Real Time (4+ / 0-)

      He said it's inevitable that pro athletes start coming out in support of marriage equality, that for each generation it's more of a given that LGBT rights are important, and that's going to be reflected every year in the league.

      Pro sports may be one of the last bastions of institutionalized homophobia, but within a few years it won't be newsworthy at all when pro athletes stand for equality.

      P.S. I am not a crackpot.

      by BoiseBlue on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 08:29:27 AM PDT

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    •  I credit Obama, at least in part. (2+ / 0-)
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      Mannie, Texdude50

      Once he came out in favor of gay marriage, black leaders, artists and even sports figures across the country followed suit.

      And once it became cool for AAs, it was officially okay for white athletes too.

      I don't think people realize the extent to which the AA community leads American culture.

      "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

      by Bob Love on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 11:33:59 AM PDT

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  •  WHy did he wait until AFTER he left the game (5+ / 0-)

    Well, reading the comments on this story in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette (in the sports blog section) many comments FOR support have been deleted and some against, while comments talking about rights of the religous (bigots) were allowed to remain. PG Sports Blog

    It was not my intention to offend anyone by posting this story. As of right now, 5:09 p.m. on Saturday, is it the first story listed on the ESPN headlines and the second on the CBSSports headlines. That indicates to me it is a sports story. -- Bob Smizik
    So I understand why in the very town McClatchy SAVED baseball he felt the need to remain in the closet. These close-minded idiots cheer for their baseball team and yet are "OFFENDED" by McClatchy (who kept the Pirates in Pittsburgh) being able to live his life in the open.

    Why I do not blame McClatchy who could've done more as an active owner.  An example of a comment that was left in the blog I mentioned on a major newspaper.

    written by LongJohnSilver, September 22, 2012 - 03:46 PM

    Why do I have to even see this posted? If someone wants to be gay, going against nature, then that is their issue, not mine. I don't need to hear it, think about it, or read about it.

    What about the sensitivity issue to those of us (um, the majority) who find it offensive to hear/read about it?

    If he wants to morally justify his life, keep it to himself, and don't drag the rest of us into it.

    When do the rest of us get OUR RIGHTS?

    Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

    by Mannie on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 08:43:44 AM PDT

  •  I will always rec a diary (3+ / 0-)
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    Texdude50, Mannie, Bob Love

    about the coming-out of a prominent person in society, who, after all, could have kept on in the closet and "not rocked the boat."

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 08:57:51 AM PDT

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