Football season started two months ago, and the World Series just wrapped up. Hockey and basketball fans are rejoicing now that the NHL and NBA both have finally begun their new seasons. But as LGBT fans prepare to cheer and/or boo, it’s worth flashing back a few months to June, when #LoveWins won and professional sports teams remained as quiet as church mice.
The Supreme Court ruling to legalize same-sex marriage sparked congratulatory shouts from hundreds of brands. AT&T, Chipotle and Apple changed their profile pictures to depict a rainbow color scheme. Brands also tweeted the popular #LoveWins hashtag in celebration of the ruling. It looked as if social media was all rainbows on June 26, but sports teams didn’t partake in the celebration.
Out of the four major sports leagues – NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL – only five teams, all from California, mentioned the ruling in some way. The San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, and Sacramento Kings changed their profile pictures to reflect the rainbow logo and mentioned the ruling on their official social media accounts. Hardly any pro athletes acknowledged the ruling, either.
Denver Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried was one of the only recognizable current athletes to mention the ruling by tweeting and retweeting information.
— Kenneth Faried (@KennethFaried35) June 26, 2015
Chicago Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler also had some words.
In 1967, interracial marriages were legalized. If that had not happened, my wife and I would not be able to in union. Love should ALWAYS win
— Dexter Fowler (@DexterFowler) June 26, 2015
To be fair, social media is not the only way to show support it is just the most common. Some teams like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Mariners, and Oakland A’s have hosted and plan to host LGBT pride nights in their upcoming seasons. But with over 120 combined sports teams in the four major sports leagues, less than 10 have acknowledged the ruling or the LGBT community in general. In 2011, eight major league baseball teams made It Gets Better videos in support of LGBT youth, but now there’s nary a peep about same-sex marriage.
The silence of the majority of the sports world proves there is little to no effort to change their hypermasculine image or their views. Although it probably wasn’t intentional, the muted community of professional sports says that sports still is not all inclusive.
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