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NBA Exec Shines In Coming Out

The fact that there is less and less fanfare when people come out as being gay is a good thing, it shouldn’t be a big deal. But in the sports world, especially men’s professional sports, being gay still has a huge stigma attached. And so it is very admirable that Phoenix Suns president and chief executive Rick Welts recently came out as being gay.

As Welts him self said in the NY Times article:

“This is one of the last industries where the subject is off limits… Nobody’s comfortable in engaging in a conversation.”

The story covers his rise as an NBA exec and the many things he did for his team and the entire league – including creating the NBA All-Star Weekend and slam-dunk contest. Later he would have to hide his grief over the death of his partner to AIDS. Welts now has done maybe more for the league than any of the programss he started.

An interesting note is that commissioner Stern has known for a while, as well as many if not all of the Suns, and the article shows character and heart in Stern’s dealings with Welts in the past and in the coming out.

Congratulations and best of luck Mr. Welts in the future that lays open for you.

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About K9vin

I have been a volunteer for the humane treatment of animals in the Milwaukee area for 10 years as well as our parks system including founding the friends group for off-leash dog parks and a volunteer for The Park People. I was born in and raised near Milwaukee and have pride in the city. I want to be one of the people always striving to make Milwaukee better, starting with getting other men involved in their community.

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