First Openly Gay NBA Player: Homophobia Is A ‘Massive Problem’ In Athletics

John Amaechi was the first openly gay former NBA player and has just accepted an Officer of the British Empire Medal. Upon receiving it, he condemned homophobia in athletics, which he described as a “massive problem” that is often ignored or “relegated.” He also singled out how little is being done about it in soccer, offering, “If you compare their emphasis on racism to what they’ve done on homophobia, it’s an embarrassment.”