ABDB Ep. 60 Footnote: In Cruz Control
Duane, Rick & Will chatted on homosexuality & homophobia in sports, especially on relevance of any athlete/person feeling obligated to announce their sexual preference to the consuming audience.
In Orlando Cruz, we see the first professional boxer to out himself.
As Will began to reference on the show, over 50 years ago, a homophobic slur between Benny Paret & Emile Griffith at the weigh-in before their third rumble created the landscape for tragedy, intended or not…
The WMDs wish all of the very best for Mr. Cruz. We also give props to Cruz’ first opponent since coming out, Jorge Pazos, who could have easily succumbed to a general conditioning about homosexuality, especially in light of the hypermasculinity of sport.