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How will sports react to openly gay athlete?

Updated: May 23, 2002, 10:11 AM ET
By Bill Konigsberg | Special to ESPN.com

Picture a news conference, just like the one Mets catcher Mike Piazza held Tuesday. The media is assembled, and national television is set to go live as he begins to speak.

Piazza

"I wanted to clear the air about something," Piazza might say. "I feel like I have to be honest about something.

"I am a gay man."

This did not happen Tuesday. Instead, assailed with questions about his sexuality, Piazza held an impromptu news conference at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium ...

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