NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley was asked on Monday about Phoenix Suns President Rick Welts revealing to the public that he is gay over the weekend. Barkley told Mike Wise of the Washington Post that he is certain he played with gay teammates “on two of three teams" he was on.
The TNT analyst said that it never bothered him and he is fed up with hearing about how guys can't come out in team sports.
"First of all, every player has played with gay guys," Barkley said. "It bothers me when I hear these reporters and jocks get on TV and say: ‘Oh, no guy can come out in a team sport. These guys would go crazy.’ 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.”
Barkley went on to say that he believes every professional athlete has had a gay teammate.
“Any professional athlete who gets on TV or radio and says he never played with a gay guy is a stone-freakin’ idiot,” he said. “I would even say the same thing in college. Every college player, every pro player in any sport has probably played with a gay person."
It was revealed on Monday that former Villanova basketball player Will Sheridan told his teammates that he was gay during his career.
Barkley told Wise that gay players pose no problem and said, "we need to outlaw guys who suck at sports.”