Barkley: "God Bless Gay People"
BY Advocate.com Editors
January 18 2011 1:10 PM ET
Former NBA MVP Charles Barkley took time out during a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. before Monday's Celtics-Magic game to speak out against antigay discrimination.
He said: "You know, people try to make it about black and white. He talked about equality for every man, every woman. We have a thing going on now — people discriminating against homosexuality in this country. I love the homosexual people. God bless the gay people. They are great people."
Barkley, who currently works as a color commentator for basketball broadcasts, also spoke out in opposition to discrimination against Hispanics.
Back in 2006, when Barkley was eying a potential career in politics, the basketball star advocated for same-sex marriage and for an acceptance of the possibility of a gay player in professional sports.
- The Top 175 Essential Films of All Time for LGBT Viewers
- Lesbian Feminist Cathy Brennan Sues AfterEllen for Defamation
- WATCH: Kentucky Clerk Defies Court Again, Turns Away Same-Sex Couple a Third Time
- WATCH: Donald Trump Still Can't Explain His Marriage Equality Opposition
- #TBT: They Died in the Closet
- U.S. Marine Claims 'Trans Panic' in Murder of Trans Filipina Jennifer Laude