In today's Post-Gazette, the inimitable Gene Collier takes a shot at figuring at the implication of Penn State's homoconnection to basketball. Actually, he contrasts the settlement of Jennifer Harris' lawsuit citing PSU coach Rene Portland's homobigotry with the coming out of former PSU bball player John Amaechi.
Let me summarize – the fact that Amaechi is a gay basketball player should not be a bigger story than the fact the Rene Portland won't let lesbian basketball players on her team.
“There's this huge assumption that all women athletes are lesbian, while the exact opposite is true of men — that, if you're an athlete, you couldn't possibly be gay,” Heather Barber was saying on the phone yesterday from the University of New Hampshire. “The assumptions are dramatically different, but the way they play out may not be.”
Heather studies these things. That's good to know because I cannot begin to fathom the impact of homophobia in the athletic realm.
So Jennifer Harris settled and got her little lump settlement. Rene got a slap on the hand.
What have the rest of us gained from this sordid little situation?