This week is Gay Pride week, and this year the nationally recognized observance has even more significance as president Barack Obama has voiced his approval of marriage equality. But although much progress has been made, there are segments of society that have lagged behind. Unfortunately, one prominent example is the sports world.
Yes, there have been athletes like John Amaechi who've come out after retirement and other straight athletes like Sean Avery and Michael Irvin who have shown their support, but there are still a number of well-known athletes who've been caught spewing hate speech in recent years. From Kobe Bryant yelling slurs from the bench to John Rocker's infamous SI interview, here is a recent history of homophobia in sports.