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It's time for a gay All-Star

When a big-time male athlete comes out, it won't be as big a deal as you think

Updated: June 8, 2011, 1:15 PM ET
By Steve Buckley | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the June 13, 2011 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

COULD WE ALL DO THE GHOST of Jackie Robinson a favor and stop pestering him each time a sports figure announces he's gay? In the past month alone, Suns president Rick Welts, former Villanova basketball player Will Sheridan and ESPN New York radio host Jared Max have come out of the closet. Each man was applauded for his courage and candor, followed by the obligatory line that "a terrible weight has been ...

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