Athletes are not know to be a very progressive or very accepting group of people. They do not like change in the locker room dynamic a whole lot. Yet, it still surprises me that Daniel Murphy, an athlete playing in New York, has issue with the “homosexual lifestyle.”
It makes very little sense to argue against personal beliefs. Murphy can have any beliefs he wants. It seems that the infielder would not feel wholey uncomfortable with a gay teammate. However, Murphy’s comments contradict what team sports symbolize: a bond needed to win.
In the end, gay athletes, if deemed skillfully worthy, should be judged for their skills. If Branch Rickey was able to see past color to add a dynamic talent to his team, Daniel Murphy can most likely get over a teammate’s sexuality.