Amid tons of support around the league for NBA player Jason Collins's coming out, former New York Knicks star Larry Johnson is gunning for captain of the retro team. Joining pro golfer Bubba Watson and ESPN's Chris Broussard in espousing backwards views on homosexuality, Johnson, who currently works as a basketball and business operations representative for the Knicks, went with the time-worn "gays in the locker room" defense of his veiled homophobia, declaring that the idea makes him "uncomfortable." Eventually, however, he did have a minor breakthrough thanks to the magic of social media.
It got off to an ugly start last night:
I don't Jason Collins personally but he seems like a great guy. Me personally gay men in the locked room would make me uncomfortable .— Larry Johnson (@TheRealLJ2) April 29, 2013
And then Johnson started to engage, while sticking to his guns:
@runninrebe1 thx you for your comment SIR, homosexuality is nothing to fear,I don't think it belongs in a mans locker room— Larry Johnson (@TheRealLJ2) April 30, 2013
Which led to his most ridiculous point:
@runninrebe1 I'm attracted to women,is it ok for me to walk around a women's locker room naked, and they be naked.— Larry Johnson (@TheRealLJ2) April 30, 2013
And then some backtracking:
Ppl ! this is nothing against Jason or homosexual's,all I'm saying is this don't belong in a man's locker room.— Larry Johnson (@TheRealLJ2) April 30, 2013
I don't judge anyone!! I have fallen shortof the grace of Allah myself, but stop trying to make this acceptable.— Larry Johnson (@TheRealLJ2) April 30, 2013
It's a start?