In the last few months many of us who enjoy professional sports have been disappointed in the behavior and ethics of players, team owners, and league officials. All seemed to disregard the interest of women, Native Americans, and anyone who thinks that public figures have a responsibility to model ethical behavior. But this week fans can enjoy a couple of high points in professional sports.
The San Antonio Spurs named Becky Hammon an assistant coach, making her the first female paid by an NBA team to be an assistant. Coach Gregg Popovich announced –
“I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said in a statement. “Having observed her working with our team this past season, I’m confident her basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs.”
Becky Hammon Photo Credit – AP
As NFL teams continue training camp, the first openly gay football player, Michael Sam, continues to practice. Several recent polls show that most fans and players think that he should be judged on his play. Fox news reports
“Only 20 percent of Americans say they would disapprove of their favorite team signing an openly-gay player, according to a YouGov poll. Similarly, an ESPN survey stated that 86 percent of NFL players would have no problem having an openly-gay teammate. While that number is still too low in my estimation, 46 supportive members of an NFL 53- man roster is certainly enough for any coach to feel comfortable about the state of his locker room.”
A woman is hired due to her “basketball IQ” and an openly gay player is given the opportunity to prove themselves on the field. Celebrate!