NFL veteran free agent Ryan Russell came out as bisexual yesterday. The news spread far and wide and led to all types of reactions.
Former Pro Bowl RB Larry Johnson launched into a bizarre Twitter rant addressing what he believes is an “effeminate agenda” among the NBA and NFL elite, involving Freemasons.
There is an Effeminate Agenda going on amongst the NBA & NFL elite, peddled by high ranking Masons/handlers to indoctrinate the heterosexual sports world without them knowing, for the buying power of the LGBTQ community.— Larry Johnson (@2LarryJohnson7) August 29, 2019
...But we not ready to have that conversation yet.
NBA:— Larry Johnson (@2LarryJohnson7) August 29, 2019
- The Vogue Fashion show you now get, from the team bus/car to the locker room. Most of the outfits you think for 16 year old boys not 6’6 30+ men.
- The softening of play, everyone’s a 3pt. Shooter.
- Noticeable weight loss to fit the feminine archetype.
NFL:— Larry Johnson (@2LarryJohnson7) August 29, 2019
-Michael Sams was the gauge to see where society was at. (Planned)
- Commercial, two aggressive men having a powder blue/ pink cupcake buisness.
- Feminine behavior over lil things like (Helmets)
- Same fashion show to locker room using only Receivers/QB/DBs (archetype)
Lastly.......— Larry Johnson (@2LarryJohnson7) August 29, 2019
October is LGBTQ History month, the NFL players wear pink that month.
They want you to think Breast Cancer, but they show you they don’t care much about women, look at the treatment of domestic violence issues.
Saying that there is a “conspiracy” to push an “effeminate agenda” is quite the stretch. Plus the involvement of Freemasons makes his position seem even more tenuous.
The one thing that can be said is that sports, like the world, appears to be moving toward being a place of acceptance and inclusion with less room for “toxic masculinity.”
Earlier this summer, now retired NBA superstar Dwyane Wade supported his son’s participation in the Miami Beach Pride Festival.
Though many challenges obviously still exist.
Once the news about Russel broke, retired NFL player Ryan O'Callaghan said every team in the league has at least one gay or bisexual player as a member. We heard similar statements about the league having multiple gay players from Michael Sam. But fear of repercussions prevents players from speaking out.
Still, this is a topic that will not go away because it is present in society. Sports is a microcosm of the society in which it inhabits. As the world moves towards a more acceptable place, so too will sports.
The reactions to Johnson's comments have been strong and varied.
Whoa... I Can’t Even Believe This Is Larry Johnson Tweeting— VinylPharaohs ★ (@Abdel_Kotokoli) August 30, 2019
Cuz Got His Eyes Open 👁 https://t.co/BNxi6cCn4J
not gonna discount a word larry johnson said— the silverback (@theblack_caesar) August 30, 2019
Didn't know Larry Johnson was a homophobe but ok https://t.co/neqqQTeEld— Stephen (@sbwalker62) August 30, 2019
Before right now, I had forgotten about Larry Johnson. Excuse me while I forget about him again https://t.co/UJza7dkfsx— Pat Lane (@plane_pats) August 30, 2019
We must have interrupted this tweet differently. I read it as he’s giving example of how the NBA and NFL are targeting the LGBTQ community for their own gain. You read it as Larry Johnson hates the LGBTQ community.— Austin (@Busch1992x) August 30, 2019
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