NFL star and former New York Giants player Tiki Barber spoke out in support this past weekend of NBA star Jason Collins‘ coming out in a Sports Illustrated cover story (see cover below).
At the Kentucky Derby Saturday, Tiki told me after signing the Moet & Chandon bottle on the red carpet, “I thought it was fantastic Obviously there have been previous gay atheletes who have come out; Martina Navratilova, being the first one to do it in 1981. So it’s great that it’s happneing in a team sport, and it’s a male dominated team sport.”
Tiki added, “And it starts the discussion. I think ultimately the issue is not in the locker room — it’s way above the locker room. The talk has started and that’s the most important thing.”
Cleveland Browns football star Shayne Graham also spoke positively about Collin’s coming out, saying it was just a matter of time before a male athlete did so, but that the focus remains the sport.