As the NBA and the rest of the world rallies around Jason Collins and his decision to come out, one former pro ball player voiced some controversial opinions regarding homos-xuality. Larry Johnson, who famously crossed-dressed as the “Grandmama” character for Converse, took to Twitter and said that the NBA locker room is no place for a gay man.
Johnson was a hoops star, not a writer, and his tweets yesterday (April 29) showed that glaring fact. The one-time Charlotte Hornets standout tried to show grace towards Collins but ended up burying himself with each ensuing tweet.
“I don’t Jason Collins personally but he seems like a great guy. Me personally gay men in the locker room would make me uncomfortable,” began the barrage of poorly constructed tweets from Johnson. One of the player’s Twitter followers, an obvious UNLV (Johnson’s alma mater) fan, addressed the tweet by saying “homos-xuality is nothing to fear.”
Johnson responded with, “[T]hx you for your comment SIR, homos-xuality is nothing to fear, I don’t think it belongs in a mans locker room.”
After a series of back and forth tweets about the matter, Johnson tried to diffuse the powder keg situation by saying he has nothing against Collins nor “homos-xual’s” (his spelling). One of Johnson’s followers checked him by saying that gay men aren’t necessarily targeting straight men for dates to which Johnson replied, “good point.” He spelled it correctly, too.
Johnson is currently employed by his former New York Knicks team as part of its business operations staff. Check out Johnson slowly but surely dig himself into a hole, via Twitter, in the gallery.