It is better to be silent and be thought an idiot than to speak and remove all doubt about that. This is something that Women’s National Basketball Association three-time All Star forward Sophia Young should have learned.
Young, who plays for the San Antonio Silver Stars, took to twitter to voice her opposition to a proposed San Antonio ordinance that would allow same-sex couples to get married in the city.
Young tweeted “Should San Antonio be a city that allows same sex marriage?? I vote NO.” Later she posted the following photo with the caption “My vote is still No… San Antonio should not allows Same sex marriages.”
She later tweeted after people pushed back that “‘God has not given me a spirit of fear; but of power, love and a sound mind’ I will not be a afraid. I will stand up for Jesus Christ.”
The problem? San Antonio is not considering a same-sex marriage ordinance. Instead, they are considering an ordinance banning discrimination against people based upon their perceived or known sexual orientation. Something that Young, as a WNBA player, should probably be aware of given that there are some people who believe that any woman who plays sports is some kind of closet case.
WNBA President Laurel J. Richie stated that she does support the free speech rights of all her players- not grasping that first amendment free speech rights do not cover someone saying something stupid and not being called on it, but rather preventing the government from banning people from speaking their mind.
Richie issued a statement saying “Sophia has the right to express her point of view, however, I do not share her view. The WNBA supports diversity and we are committed to the equal and fair treatment of all people.”
Young’s fellow players have not been so kind. Lauren Jackson tweeted “@sophiayoung33 Seriously? OMG,” and then “Everyone deserves the right to love, to be accepted and to be treated equally. WORKING TOWARD A BETTER WORLD FOR ALL.”