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Der große Moment des Dale Hansen

Dieser Mann ist unser Held der Woche, ach was, des Monats, mindestens: Dale Hansen, Sportkommentator aus Dallas / Texas. Was war passiert?

Es begann damit, dass sich der hochtalentierte College-Football-Spieler Michael Sam am Wochenende als schwul outete, als erster aktiver Footballspieler überhaupt, und das sogar kurz vor den sogenannten “NFL Drafts”, den wichtigen Entscheidungen, welcher Profiverein welche talentierten Nachwuchsspieler akquirieren darf.
Und “natürlich” meldeten sich daraufhin etliche anonyme Footballexperten zu Wort, die Sam wegen seines Qutings kaum noch Chancen auf einen Profivertrag einräumten. Das sei schließlich doch ein “Männersport”. In der Kabine könne es mit einem schwulen Footballspieler schon Probleme geben. Und so weiter und so fort, im unsäglichen Ton. Es war eine üble Diskussion, die dort begann.

Dann kam Dale Hansen. Wie gesagt: Sportkommentator für ABC aus Dallas / Texas. Eine Institution unter Football-Fans. Und ließ in seinem Kommentarformat “Unplugged” seine ganze Wut über die Bigotterie und Heuchelei im Football raus…

Auch das ist die einmalige Kraft des Fernsehen. Und Dale Hansen wird – zumindest von großen Teilen seiner Zuschauer – dafür gefeiert. Aber wann hat man von einem deutschen Sportkommentator jemals solche Worte gehört?

Und hier ist noch einmal der Originaltext von Hansen:

It was quite a weekend.
That little dust-up in Lubbock Saturday night, and then on Sunday, Missouri’s All-American defensive end Michael Sam — the SEC’s defensive player of the year and expected to be a third to fifth-round pick in the NFL draft — tells the world he’s gay.
The best defensive player in college football’s best conference only a third to fifth round NFL pick? Really? That is shocking, and I guess that other thing is, too.
Michael Sam would be the first openly gay player in the NFL; says he knows there will be problems… and they’ve already started.
Several NFL officials are telling Sports Illustrated it will hurt him on draft day because a gay player wouldn’t be welcome in an NFL locker room. It would be uncomfortable, because that’s a man’s world.
You beat a woman and drag her down a flight of stairs, pulling her hair out by the roots? You’re the fourth guy taken in the NFL draft.
You kill people while driving drunk? That guy’s welcome.
Players caught in hotel rooms with illegal drugs and prostitutes? We know they’re welcome.
Players accused of rape and pay the woman to go away?
You lie to police trying to cover up a murder?
We’re comfortable with that.
You love another man? Well, now you’ve gone too far!
It wasn’t that long ago when we were being told that black players couldn’t play in “our” games because it would be “uncomfortable.” And even when they finally could, it took several more years before a black man played quarterback.
Because we weren’t “comfortable” with that, either.
So many of the same people who used to make that argument (and the many who still do) are the same people who say government should stay out of our lives.
But then want government in our bedrooms.
I’ve never understood how they feel “comfortable” laying claim to both sides of that argument.
I’m not always comfortable when a man tells me he’s gay; I don’t understand his world.
But I do understand that he’s part of mine.
Civil rights activist Audre Lord said: “It is not our differences that divide us. It’s our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”
We’ve always been able to recognize ‘em. Some of us accept ‘em.
And I want to believe that there will be a day when we do celebrate ‘em.
I don’t know if that day’s here yet. I guess we’re about to find out.
But when I listen to Michael Sam, I do think it’s time to celebrate him now.