Retired NBA player Rick Fox calls Jason Collins and Michael Sam ‘brave men’

Says gays have to 'demand' respect in locker rooms: 'I think you have to just demand equality in general'

Retired NBA player Rick Fox calls Jason Collins and Michael Sam ‘brave men’
10 June 2014

Retired NBA player Rick Fox considers Jason Collins and Michael Fox, the first openly gay players in the NBA and NFL, respectively, to be ‘brave men.’

Fox, 44, is a television commentator and actor who played on three NBA championship teams and was once married to actress and singer Vanessa Williams.

‘… The acceptance of (gay players) will grow with time,’ Fox said this week on Larry King Now.

Of Collins and Sam, he described them as ‘brave men for stepping out and being a voice and standing for their own.., first standing for themselves, and being role models for other gay men and women who are in the workplace and want to be expressed. So the acceptance now and the growth comes from their teammates and the league.’

As far as some players expressing unease about having an openly gay player in the locker room Fox said: ‘I think you have to demand (respect). I think you have to just demand equality in general.’

Fox says he didn’t know any gay players during an NBA career that spanned from 1991 through 2004 during which time he played for the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics.

But Fox has since learned a lot about gays and lesbians outside his sport.

‘I just know as I’ve evolved as an actor and being around Hollywood and working with gay men and women, the understanding of just the community itself, gave me insight into how difficult its been for gay men and women to live and how covered they’ve lived for so many years.’

‘So I just look at them and think its been, there has to have been gay men and women who haven’t felt safe enough to express themselves (in pro sports).’

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Indonesian city seeks gay ban in local Sharia laws

Municipality seeks to ban homosexuality along with prostitution and the consumption of alcohol
No thumbnail available

Oscar producer Craig Zadan talks to Gay Star News about preparing for the awards

'We're working seven days a week, 24 hours a day and having the best time of our lives'
No thumbnail available

San Jose Shark Tommy Wingels to march in Chicago Pride

National Hockey League forward Tommy Wingels will represent the You Can Play Project in Chicago Pride
7 yellow accessories to brighten up your day

7 yellow accessories to brighten up your day

Summer may be in full swing, but these cheery companions will stay with you long after the rain clouds move in
No thumbnail available

US senator condemns Russia's anti-gay laws in Pravda.ru editorial

Senator John McCain goes to Pravada.ru to respond to President Putin's New York Times editorial where he said 'God created us equal'
No thumbnail available

Kenya police extort gays, report claims

A report published by a Kenya LGBT portal sheds light on how police officers routinely extort and blackmail gay men in Nairobi
No thumbnail available

Maryland governor signs gay marriage into law

Martin O'Malley says state moving to 'greater respect for the equal rights of all'
Amber Heard encourages other celebrities to come out

Amber Heard encourages other celebrities to come out

Bisexual actress says: 'I personally think that if you deny something or if you hide something you’re inadvertently admitting it’s wrong'
No thumbnail available

Out actor Greg Rikaart wants character on The Young and the Restless to be revealed as gay

Emmy winner tells GSN:  'I think his relationships with women have been difficult at best'
No thumbnail available

Is it smart for Republicans to vote for gay marriage?

Will Republicans lose Republican support if  they vote for gay marraige?