A few weeks ago, during the NBA playoffs, the L.A. Lakers' Kobe Bryant picked up a technical foul and ended up directing an anti-gay slur at one of the referees. The cameras caught it all on tape, prompting one of the announcers to say, "You might want to take the camera off him, for the children watching."
The incident blew up Facebook and Twitter. Bryant apologized and was fined $100,000 by the NBA. It was another reminder about the homophobic culture in pro sports. But over the past week, we've seen important steps forward...
Sean Avery of the NHL's New York Rangers publicly stated his support for same sex marriage. The President & CEO of the Phoenix Suns announced he is gay. And now, in a new public service announcement, NBA star Grant Hill and his Phoenix teammate Jared Dudley are speaking out against homophobic language.
While shooting the ad, Hill said "We're accountable for the things that we say, and words have meaning... hopefully we can get that across."