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Why the gossip-obsessed media's silence on gay-athlete rumors is deafening

Originally Published: May 30, 2013
By LZ Granderson | ESPN The Magazine

WHEN IT COMES to reporting on closeted gay athletes, I have a long-held "don't start none, won't be none" policy. As long as people aren't tweeting homophobic slurs or making antigay statements, I won't reveal their secret. As someone who has been blatantly denied employment because of my sexual orientation, I get it.

But their secret and my code have bothered me for a long time now. The unintended byproduct of respecting a player's privacy is rendering him invisible, ...

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