Tuesday, February 25, 2014
DC lobbyist prods Congress to impose gay ban in NFL, or at least separate showers
I thought that this was a joke (except that it’s not April Fools Day yet, and it’s snowing in Washington this morning, again.) A DC lobbyist, Jack Burkman, says he has the support of 30 Representatives and six Senators for a bill to ban “open” gay athletes from the NFL, and possibly from all pro team sports. An alternative would allow the teams or clubs to build separate showers for gay players. The WJLA and News Channel 8 story by Mike Conneen (with video) is here.
Didn’t we get over this with the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” for the military? Introducing something like this for sports could be a prelude to unrepealing the repeal of DADT.
Let the NFL, MLB, NBA write their own policies.
The NFL’s own latest statement is here.
MLB’s statement with Bud Selig is here
Presumably, all pro sports do require HIV tests as part of medical screening.