Manti Te’o and the Problem With America

Posted: February 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

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This is 2013 in America. We have openly gay congressmen and mayors and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” has been eliminated. Much of the country has come to grips with the fact that there are gay men and women in our towns, in our cities, and more specifically, in our workforce. If anyone has a problem with that, I suggest a country like Iran would be better suited for you. Discrimination, once a blood-red stain on our society, has diminished as the decades have advanced. But, the NFL apparently does not follow this same path. Instead, the league that let murderers like Mike Vick, Leonard Little, and Donte Stallworth continue to play after serving prison sentences is reportedly discriminating against potential draft prospects on the basis of sexual orientation.

Shame on you, NFL.

Not only is questioning someone about their sexual orientation at a job interview illegal, it violates everything that this country stands for: The freedom of speech, the freedom of privacy, and the right to love whomever you want regardless of nationality, race, creed, or, yes, gender.

NFL teams have reportedly asked multiple prospects questions like, “do you like girls?” or, “Are you a homosexual?” The players, pressured by their desire to impress these franchises, answer in whichever way they believe will be better received instead of telling these front office personnel the truth. It is none of their business what their sexual orientation is and if they don’t like it, they can draft somebody else.

You see, the NFL is still stuck in the 20th century. For all the rhetoric about protecting players’ safety, the number one name of the game in football remains the all-mighty dollar. If Chik-Fil-A or other philosophically stone-aged companies find out that a team is supporting a homosexual player, there is always a chance that they pull their advertising and sponsorships. In the end, all that matters to the owners is money, not the betterment of their players, their city, or their country.

There has been a longstanding belief that professional athletes would not be able to assimilate with a homosexual player in the locker room. Talk radio is rife with imbeciles splattering the airwaves with their derisiveness, questioning how any man would feel comfortable with a homosexual man standing across the locker room from them during shower time. As if the core essence of homosexuality were orgies and erotic molestation. The fact of the matter is that there are homosexuals in professional sports right now. The statistics guarantee that fact. There are openly-gay women in professional sports. You do not see a problem in that instance. There have also been players that have come out after they have retired, such as former NBA star Jon Amaechi. Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas came out in 2009. Instead of receiving torment from his teammates, the 38-year old instead received support. His friends, family, and, yes, his teammates, stood beside him and deflected the hate that he received from the mindless masses. That is what a true team does. They accept you for who you are and view you as a brother…not as a social experiment.

But, not in America. In “the land of the free,” society is blinded by the uncultured and religious. In their eyes, gays are not humans; they are corrupted souls who gave in to temptation. As if humans are born wanting to be discriminated against. This misnomer, perpetrated by the conservative crooks in congress and the witless wackos of Dixie, has long polluted the American dream. The belief that states that all men, regardless of race, creed, ethnicity, or orientation, can achieve their every hope. Now, with businesses like the NFL considering sexual orientation at job interviews, this dream for many continues to dwindle.

We do not have a gay America and a straight America. We have the United States of America. Just as we do not have gay athletes and straight athletes…we just have athletes. If Manti Te’o or anyone else is talented enough to play in the NFL, it should NEVER matter what type of person they fall in love with. Once our country figures that out, the world will be a much better place.

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