Thursday, February 08, 2007

Troy Hudson on John Amaechi

Steve Aschburner/Star Tribune reports that there were "smiles and snickers" in the locker room when T-Hud was asked how well he knew former teammate John Amaechi, the first professional basketball player to openly declare his homosexuality.

Hudson said he "didn't expect" Amaechi to come out because the former player had "kept it pretty hush-hush."

"That's his own personal preference," Hudson said. "So you can't fault a man for who they are or what they are. It's probably a good thing for himself that he finally opened up. He's probably been going through a lot trying to keep it a secret."

T-Hud's response to whether Amaechi would have been "accepted" had he come out while still playing in the league:
"Probably not," Hudson said. "The majority of people in pro sports -- I mean, in the world -- don't feel comfortable with that type of person around. Especially in a masculine sport where you're always touching each other, you have to take showers together. But the way I see it, if you keep it to yourself, I don't care what you are."