The coming out of Suns CEO Rick Welts as a gay an — and the simple acceptance of that around the league — has led to the next question:
What would happen if an active player came out as gay?
Steve Nash doesn’t think it would be as big a deal inside the locker room as some do, he told Howard Beck of the New York Times in an interview.
If a player in the locker room came out, it would come and go quickly, too. I really don’t think it’s a big issue anymore. I think it would be surprisingly accepted, and a shorter shelf life than maybe we would imagine. I think the time has come when it should happen soon. I think it will be something that won’t take on this life of its own. It won’t be the O. J. trial.
Reactions would vary player to player, but I would like think Nash is right. What would speed acceptance is the quality of the player — if a good rotation player on a good team comes out, his teammates and most fans would care about the winning and what he brings to court. Not who he sleeps with.
Like Nash said, we may well find out sooner that some think.