The former owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Kevin McClatchy, is still amazed that not a single pro athlete has come out while playing. For his part, McClatchy came out for the first time in an interview with the New York Times this weekend.
He seemed bothered in the interview that, “Tens of thousands of people have played either professional minor league baseball or major league baseball. Not one has come out and said that they’re gay while they’re playing.”
We always love when people come out. More power in numbers i always say.
McClatchy then said this:
“I’m sure people will criticize me because I came out later,” he acknowledged, “and I should have come out while I was in baseball and in the thick of it.”
With the team facing the possibility of leaving Pittsburgh, with its poor revenues and attendance, McClatchy told the Times’ Frank Bruni, “I was frightened that my own personal situation could in some way jeopardize the whole franchise.”
Honey, people people can only come out when they are ready. Unless you have walked in their shoes, you don’t know, their struggles.
via Former MLB Owner Comes Out and Hopes a Player to Do The Same | Advocate.com.