The Real Locker-Room Shocker

It's not that Jason Collins is coming out; it's that pro basketball is already an open workplace

People have long speculated that an openly gay player like Jason Collins wouldn't be welcome in an NBA locker room. That he would somehow destroy team dynamics. Most people who have this fantasy about locker rooms--that they are these places of staunch machismo--haven't spent much time in them.

The reality is that a locker room is a workplace. For people who work in sports--athletes, coaches, trainers--it's no different from a cubicle, conference room or office, except for all the towels and tape strewn on the floor, and the smell. And in the same way sexual harassment is not appropriate in the...

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