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Sportisti homoseksualci
« on: 09-02-2007, 02:02:20 »
Engleski centar Džon Amaeči prvi je košarkaš NBA lige koji je javno priznao da je homoseksualac. Englez je detalje svog privatnog života otkrio u autobiografiji „Čovek u sredini” (Man in the Middle), koja će na tržište izaći 14. februara - tri godine pošto je Amaeči okončao karijeru. Amaečijev potez pohvalila je Martina Navratilova, verovatno najpoznatija sportistkinja sveta koja je priznala da je privlače osobe istog pola. Navratilova je ocenila da sportisti moraju da svetu obelodane svoju seksualnu orijentaciju, pošto „među mladim homoseksualcima vlada epidemija samoubistva”. „To je vrlo važno kako se deca ne bi osećala usamljena. Mi smo njihovi idoli”, dodala je Navratilova. Amaeči je u NBA karijeri odigrao 301 utakmicu. U Americi je proveo pet sezona i nastupao za Klivlend, Orlando, Jutu i Hjuston. Englez je u proseku beležio 6,2 poena i 2,6 skokova po utakmici.

Ipak, setio bih se starijeg i tragicnijeg slucaja:

Justin Fashanu
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Justin Fashanu
Personal information
Full name Justinus Soni Fashanu
Date of birth February 19, 1961
Place of birth    Hackney, London, England
Date of death    May 2, 1998 (age 37)
Place of death    Shoreditch, London, England
Position Forward
Youth clubs
 Norwich City
Professional clubs1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1993-1994 Norwich City
Nottingham Forest
Southampton (loan)
Notts County
Brighton & Hove Albion
Manchester City
West Ham United
Leyton Orient
Torquay United
Heart of Midlothian 090 0(35)
032 00(3)
009 00(3)
064 0(20)
016 00(2)
002 00(0)
002 00(0)
005 00(0)
041 0(15)    
1 Professional club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)
Justinus Soni "Justin" Fashanu (February 19, 1961 – May 2, 1998) was an English footballer.

Fashanu was the son of a Nigerian barrister living in England. When his parents split up he was sent, together with his younger brother John (who also became a professional footballer) to a Barnardo's home. When he was six, he and his brother were fostered by Alf and Betty Jackson and were brought up in Attleborough, Norfolk.

Contents [hide]
1 Football career
2 Coming out in the press
3 Allegations and suicide
4 Footnotes
5 References
6 See also
7 External links

[edit] Football career
He began his career as an apprentice with Norwich City, turning professional towards the end of December 1978. He made his league debut on January 13, 1979, against West Bromwich Albion, and settled into the Norwich side scoring regularly and occasionally spectacularly. In 1980 , he won the BBC Goal of the Season award, for a very spectacular goal against Liverpool He subsequently became Britain's first £1m black footballer when he transferred to Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest in August 1981 as a replacement for the outgoing Trevor Francis.

His career stalled as his professional relationship with Brian Clough deteriorated; Clough, it would appear, was disturbed by the rumours of Justin Fashanu's visits to gay nightclubs and bars. His goals and then confidence dried up as he failed to fit in with the playing and lifestyle demands of Clough, especially after Clough had discovered his homosexuality and barred him from even training with the side.

In his autobiography, Clough recounts a dressing down he gave Fashanu after hearing rumours that he was going to gay bars. "'Where do you go if you want a loaf of bread?' I asked him. 'A baker's, I suppose.' 'Where do you go if you want a leg of lamb?' 'A butcher's.' 'So why do you keep going to that bloody poofs' club?"'[1]

In August 1982 he was loaned to Southampton (scoring 3 goals in 9 appearances), and then in December that year was sold to local rivals Notts County for only £150,000. He scored 20 times in 64 games for the Magpies before moving to Brighton & Hove Albion in June 1985 for a fee of £115,000, where a knee injury looked to have finished his career. He went to the United States for surgery and began playing again, firstly with Los Angeles Heat and then with Edmonton Brickmen.

He returned to the UK and tried to resurrect his playing career, joining Manchester City on 23 October 1989. He moved to West Ham United on 20 November, before a trial with Ipswich Town. He joined Leyton Orient in March 1990 and subsequently joined Southall as player-coach before moving to Leatherhead.

In 1990, he publicly came out as gay in an interview with the tabloid press, becoming the only prominent player in English football so far to do so. Many former colleagues spoke out in anger against him, stating that homosexuals had no place in a team sport, and his brother John publicly disowned him. Although he claimed that he was generally well accepted by his fellow players, he freely admitted that they would often joke maliciously about his sexual orientation, and he also became the target of constant crowd abuse because of it.

He began a trial with Newcastle United on 24 October 1991. In November 1991 he left Leatherhead to join Torquay United, apparently one of the few league clubs willing to give him a real chance. He hogged the limelight while at Plainmoor, with his lifestyle, in particular his relationship with Coronation Street actress Julie Goodyear spread over the tabloids, but he still managed to impress on the pitch and was made player-coach.

In February 1993, with Torquay battling against a second successive relegation, Fashanu applied for the vacant post of manager, but was turned down in favour of Neil Warnock. Fashanu left to play for Airdrieonians soon after. He had scored 15 goals in 41 games for the Gulls, a good record given that the 2 seasons he had been with the club had both involved relegation battles.

He left Airdrie in 1993, playing in Sweden with Trelleborg, before returning to Scotland, joining Heart of Midlothian in July 1993, but was sacked in April 1994 for 'unprofessional conduct' (he had attempted to sell false stories regarding him and a number of cabinet ministers to the press) and returned to the United States to coach a boys team in Georgia. He later moved to Australia to play for Adelaide City and then to New Zealand to play for Miramar Rangers in 1997, before joining Atlanta Ruckus in the spring of the same year, but was suspended for the playoffs for failure to comply with the terms of his contract. He then moved to Ellicott City, Maryland to coach Maryland Mania Club, a new professional team, following his officially announced retirement from the professional game.

[edit] Coming out in the press
Gay Times July 1991Justin Fashanu agreed an exclusive with The Sun tabloid to come out as gay. They ran the headline as "£1m Soccer Star: I AM GAY" on 22 October 1990.[2]

In response a week later, his brother John Fashanu agreed an exclusive with The Voice who ran the headline "John Fashanu: My Gay Brother is an outcast."[3]

Justin Fashanu was interviewed for the July edition of Gay Times in 1991 (appearing on the front cover), where the situation was summarised as: The Sun dragged out the tale with titillating stories of sexual encounters with unnamed MPs, soccer players and pop stars, which, he claims, were largely untrue. The revelations, nevertheless, earned him a considerable sum of money but he says he was offered even more by others who wanted him to stay in the closet. He admits that he wasn't fully prepared for the backlash that followed and his career in football ... has suffered "heavy damage". Although he's fully fit, no club has offered him a full-time contract since the story first appeared.[4]

[edit] Allegations and suicide
In 1998 in the United States a 17-year-old claimed to police that on 25 March he found himself in Justin Fashanu's bed, after a drinking bout, being sexually assaulted. Justin Fashanu was questioned about this by the police on 3 April, but he was not held in custody. It was widely reported in the press that the police later arrived at his flat with a warrant to arrest him on charges of second-degree sexual assault, first degree assault, and second-degree assault. However, Justin Fashanu had already returned to England.

In May 1998, he hanged himself in a deserted lock-up garage he had broken into, in Shoreditch, London, after visiting Chariots Roman Spa (a gay sauna in the area). In his suicide note, he stated: "I realised that I had already been presumed guilty. I do not want to give any more embarrassment to my friends and family"..."I hope the Jesus I love welcomes me, I will at last find peace."[5]
An inquest in London held on 9 September, 1998, heard that there was in fact no warrant out for Justin Fashanu's arrest and that the American police had already dropped the investigation because of lack of evidence.

Fashanu was listed at number 99 in the top 500 lesbian and gay heroes in The Pink Paper, 26 September 1997, issue 500, page 15.
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« Reply #1 on: 09-02-2007, 02:23:32 »
Nice little story, ali Amiči ipak nije neko prvoklasno ime u NBA ligi. Mislim da je mnogo interesantnije ono kako je A.C. Green bio nevin do trideset osme godine.

Inače, speaking of gay football players, najpoznatiji su mi so far Danac Dennis Rommedahl i Finac Jonas Kolka (jedno vrijeme su bili i u vezi). Nešto se šuškalo i za Marka Overmarsa.


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Sportisti homoseksualci
« Reply #2 on: 09-02-2007, 02:30:07 »
Pa i za Vierija i za Jugovića, a za jednog nekadašnjeg prvotimca Partizana imam pouzdane informacije da je legao sa beogradskim homoseksualcima, a da ne pričamo o svemu što se čulo za Džaju...
Nema potrebe da zalis me, mene je vec sram
Nema potrebe da hvalis me, dobro ja to znam