May 24, 2011 - It surprises some of my friends that I’m a sports fan and a sports writer. I’m gay, and the assumption–even among my friends–is that "gay" and "sports" are antithetical.
That assumption, of course, is wrong. But it’s widely held.
It’s that assumption Rick Welts, president and CEO of the Phoenix Suns, who has 40 years of experience in sports, wanted to publicly set aside when he decided to come out.
"Nobody’s comfortable in engaging in a conversation," Welts told the New York Times in the story that broke the news, "This is one of the last industries where the subject is off limits."