Rick Welts Who Helped Launch WNBA Reveals He is Gay

May 17, 2011 10:20am

A fascinating article on Rick Welts, the president and chief executive of the Phoenix Suns by Dan Barry of the New York Times. “Mr. Welts explained that he wants to pierce the silence that envelops the subject of homosexuality in men’s team sports. He wants to be a mentor to gay people who harbor doubts about a sports career, whether on the court or in the front office. Most of all, he wants to feel whole, authentic.” Welts worked with Valerie Ackerman, the founding WNBA president, in helping to launch the WNBA.

Here is also an interesting take from Charles Barkley in light of the Welts announcement. “First of all, quit telling me what I think. I’d rather have a gay guy who can play than a straight guy who can’t play.”

Also, Will Sheridan, former Villanova athlete reveals he is gay.

“I’m trying to have a voice, and I want that voice to reach as many people as it can,” he said. “I mean, look at me. I’m black. I’m gay. I’m like a quadruple minority, and I feel like a little piece of me resides in everybody.

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