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The 2012 NBA Finals concluded last week with the Miami Heat defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games.
Lebron James, who in spite of his detractors, won his first title along with supporting players Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
Speaking of Bosh, a player who in the eyes of some, is the second most maligned player on the Heat (James is first), has also been the target of something more superficial, possibly being gay.
For some reason, there has been a lot of websites (and readers) who’ve made light of Bosh’s disposition or “mannerisms” in an attempt to question the man’s sexual preference. I’d rather question they’re motives.
Since Bosh left his former team, the Toronto Raptors to join Wade and Lebron in South Beach in 2010, he has received criticism for being soft despite his 6-11 frame. There are several sites that have posted a video of the guy celebrating the team’s championship victory, while labeling him as homosexual. There are GIF images making the rounds online suggesting that there are different signs of him being gay.
I wonder aloud, why does this matter? I mean, why exert wasted energy trying to disgrace a man because he looks gay? Why does the way the man carries himself provoke so much nonsense?
Are we so homophobic as a society that interpreting a man’s physical appearance in such a derogatory way for fun is necessary?
What if he were gay? Does that make him any less of a basketball player? Father? Son? Brother?
Perhaps, he’s not gay. Maybe he’s just awkward.
For as long as I can remember, there has been a blatant disdain for homosexuality in the African-American community — I should also point out that most of these sites that are encouraging this are of the urban gossip variety. I can’t help but to think that this issue is rooted in the unnecessary actions online towards Mr. Bosh.
It’s only been a few days since the Heat won the NBA title. Congratulations are in order, not this crap.
We can do better.
Written by Rashid Umar