Wednesday, October 26, 2005

WNBA MVP SHERYL SWOOPES TIRED OF HIDING HER FEELINGS

Three-time Olympic gold medalist WNBA MVP Sheryl Swoopes has announced she is gay. Swoopes, a forward with the Houston Comets is just at a point her life where she is tired of having to pretend to be somebody she is not. Male athletes of her caliber probably feel like they have a lot more to lose than gain if they open their feelings publicly. Swoopes, 34, is the most recognizable athlete, male or female, to come out in a team sport. In July 2004, she was publicly acknowledged as a lesbian. Prior to her former NFL defensive tackle Esera Tuaolo and MLB outfielder Billy Bean hit headlines when they revealed they were gay, but both were retired when they made their announcements and neither had a career that comes close to Swoopes. In 1996 Swoopes became a member of the Olympic gold medal-winning team that became the building block for the WNBA. Since then, she has won two more Olympic gold medals, four WNBA championships and three regular-season MVP accolades. She is a five-time All-WNBA First Team honoree who was the All-Star MVP this past season. She is also the first female athlete to have a shoe named after her, Nike's Air Swoopes. The news of Swoopes turning gay is particularly perplexing for the WNBA, which has struggled to both recognize the homosexual element connected to its league and grow its fan base, but love is blind and sexuality and gender are not of anybody’s concern. The thing that matters is the performance.

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