04/26/2011 – by Cynthia S. Wright
Openly gay, former NBA player John Amaechi was interviewed by the David Pakman show where he discussed his NY Times article, Kobe Bryant‘s fine of $100,000 for the homophobic slur he yelled during a game, how he felt about the state of gay acceptance in the NBA, and how he feels when people say “gay is the new black”.
Amaechi, who has met his own share of homophobia due to coming out in his book after his retirement, with ex-basketball player, Tim Hardaway coming out against homosexuals in basketball.
“You know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known. I don’t like gay people and I don’t like to be around gay people. I am homophobic. I don’t like it. It shouldn’t be in the world or in the United States.”
Questioned on whether he felt that Bryant was truly sorry – he, at first, believed that Bryant was giving a “Glenn Beck” type of apology, in that he believed Bryant was sorry about how others were reacting not about what he said. Being that it took Bryant two 0r three times to make the official “I’m sorry” seems to show similar thinking.
Amaechi also discussed his thoughts about those that feel being gay right now is synonymous to being black due to how black LGBT members are marginalized even further in black society. Amaechi feels that phrase only serves the bigoted minorities purpose causing the groups to be at odds with each other. Expanding further, he also mentioned that being both black and LGBT you are put in a bind because you don’t fit in the mainstream anywhere and it may be hard for you to find your niche. Amaechi also mentioned that the LGBT community needs to be more inclusive and that the term “black” means much more than just “guys listening to hip-hop with pants down their ass.”