ATLANTA – Atlanta Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel has questioned the need for athletes to declare their sexuality.
NBA star Jason Collins revealed on Tuesday that he was gay, but Samuel said that there is no need for an athlete to “flaunt” his or her sexuality.
“Straight people are not announcing they’re straight, so why does everybody have to announce their sexuality or whatever?” Samuel told Fox Sport Radio. “You know, what they prefer.
“So that’s just how I see it. That’s my opinion on things. All respect you know, I have nothing but respect for the people whoever decisions they make and whatever, but you know, you don’t have to show it and flaunt it like that.”
Meanwhile Miami Dolphins’ wide receiver Mike Wallace has been criticised by his club for making alleged homophobic comments targeted at Collins.
Wallace wrote on Twitter: “All these beautiful women in the world and guys wanna mess with other guys SMH (shaking my head) …”
He later deleted the message and wrote: “Never said anything was right or wrong I just said I don’t understand!! Deeply sorry for anyone that I offended.”
The Dolphins released a statement on their official website, which said: “Mike Wallace has apologised for his comments, and we have addressed the matter with him. Mike’s comments do not reflect the views of the Miami Dolphins.
Young golfer sets new mark
TIANJIN – Twelve-year-old amateur Ye Wocheng has become the youngest player ever to compete in a European Tour event, shooting a 7-over 79 today in the first round of the China Open.
Ye had eight bogeys and one birdie.
Ye, who set the European Tour mark for youngest player at 12 years, 242 days, is following in the footsteps of Guan Tianlang, who made history last month when he became the youngest to compete in the Masters at 14. Guan made the cut at the Masters despite a one-stroke penalty for slow play in the second round.
Guan competed at the China Open last year when he was 13 years, 177 days.