Let’s not go over the Jason Akermanis affair again, but one of the points the faux-blonde tried to make was that if any AFL player came out while playing he would face a far from welcoming reaction.
That, indeed, IS part of the challenge. But if you have support you can make a real difference.
Up north the former Welsh Rugby Union star Gareth Thomas is staring two new phases of his life: as an out gay man and as a Rugby League player with the Celtic Crusaders.
In a recent game against Castleford Gareth was the target of abuse. So easy to do, especially when you are fifty metres away in the grandstand yelling your small minded and hate filled words.
Rugby League in the UK has an image of old style working class – flat caps, false teeth, fear of change. Well, apparently not. The authorities reacted swiftly to the incident and slapped a $70,000+ fine on the Castleford club.
That’s the way to do it.
Would the AFL do the same if a player suffered the same treatment at the Dome or the MCG ?