“Now is the time...” — Martin Luther King, Aug. 28, 1963
Brendon Ayanbadejo is wrong.
It is painful to say that. Ayanbadejo’s heart is in a good place, and the advice he gave recently on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” was practical and well intentioned.
But mainly, yes, it was wrong.
Here’s the back story. It seems NFL prospect Nick Kasa recently told ESPN Radio that he was asked in an interview with a team he won’t specify whether he is married, if he has a girlfriend and whether he likes girls. It was a spectacularly stupid line of inquiry for two reasons.
One: It has nothing to do with his abilities as a football player.
Two: It’s fresh evidence of the NFL’s estrangement from the 21st century, coming as it does in the wake of Chris Culliver of the San Francisco 49ers — repeat: the San Francisco 49ers — dismissing the notion of a gay player by saying, “Can’t be with that sweet stuff. Nah ... can’t be ... in the locker room...”
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