RUSH: Since we are talking about the world of sports, I called it. There are some people today who are starting to fret over the fact that these high school and college basketball players are subjecting themselves to potentially career ending injuries in endeavors that they are not being paid for. There hasn't been a move yet to ban college basketball because of the Louisville player's broken leg, but right on schedule, people are now starting to talk about how unfair it is that these great warriors who go out there and play hard to entertain us aren't paid. They aren't compensated, like they're indentured.
And a player for the Seattle Seahawks, a defensive end, Chris Clemons, was asked about the idea that one or more players in the NFL will come out and announce that they're gay. I want to tell you something about that, folks. This drumbeat to get an NFL player to announce he's gay is continuing, it is unrelenting. Stop and think about this. There's a story from last week, shows up at a sports website: "NFL Player Will Soon Come Out." The source was not the player, whoever he is. The source was somebody speculating, "Oh, yeah, yeah, there's gonna be a player that comes out real soon," but it wasn't the player, 'cause nobody knows who the player is. A bunch of wild guesses going on, but nobody knows.
So what's the purpose of that story? I think it's a drumbeat to try to nudge any gay players in the NFL to go ahead and come on out. There are cultural things here that we gotta do, and we need your help. So come on out and let everybody know how normal it is in the NFL. So that takes us to Seattle and their defensive end, the Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons, who said it would be a selfish act for an NFL player to come out of the closet during his career.
"Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons believes it would be a 'selfish act' for an NFL player to come out of the closet during his career. Clemons made the comments through his Twitter account following a CBS Sports column which noted that a current gay NFL player is considering coming out publicly. 'Who on Gods [sic] earth is this person saying he’s coming out of the closet in the NFL?' Clemons tweeted. Clemons believes if someone comes out as a homosexual, that team’s locker room will be immediately divided. 'I’m not against anyone but I think it’s a selfish act,' Clemons said. 'They (are) just trying to make themselves bigger than the team.'"
I think Chris Clemons' point is, what are we here to do? We're here to play football. We're here to win football games. What difference does it make? Some guy announces, "Oh, by the way, I'm gay." That's gonna become a total distraction. It's all anybody's gonna care about this team and then every story about this team is gonna be about this gay guy and how he's treated and interaction, and this defensive end says that would be the ultimate selfish act in a team sport for an individual to call attention to himself that way.
Now, how long is it gonna be before Chris Clemons is punished for this kind of bigoted reaction to what would otherwise be a day of great emancipation? It could be a matter of "if," but more likely "when," he's gonna have the riot act read to him.
RUSH: Here it is, from TheHill.com: "Following a player's severe injury this past weekend in the NCAA basketball tournament, a liberal advocacy group said Monday that the association should guarantee healthcare coverage for student athletes. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee launched a new petition drive urging the NCAA to provide 'universal' healthcare to injured student athletes. On Sunday, University of Louisville sophomore Kevin Ware's leg was broken in two places, and the bone was visibly protruding through his skin before he was carried off the court on a stretcher. The NCAA does not cover the healthcare costs of injured players, leaving the students with expensive medical bills."
Oh, come on! Really?
You mean to tell me this kid's not gonna have this operation paid for? The university isn't gonna pay for this? I just... I'm sorry, folks. We'da heard about this long ago if that was the case. There are too many of these kinds of injuries especially out there on the gridiron where it's really, really putting your life on the line. But here we go. Here we go. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee. The left has a group for everything. "Kevin Ware and other student athletes should not suffer tens of thousands of dollars in health care costs from sports-related injuries. The NCAA should require schools to pay for universal health care for student athletes who suffer injuries," the PCCC petition states. They had 4,000 signatures by late yesterday afternoon.
Four thousand signatures.