In a satellite interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, the NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley spoke out in support of recently out football player Michael Sam and gay rights in general, saying:
“I think it’s an insult to gay people to think that they are going to be looking at their teammates in a sexual way. That’s an insult to all gay men. And we welcome them to the locker room, and I wish Mr. Sam the best.”
Barkley added that he thinks gays and lesbians deserve the same rights as all Americans.
Barkley has a history of speaking up for the LGBT community. In 2011, Barkley referenced Martin Luther King Jr. on the subject of gay discrimination, saying, “His daughter [Rev. Bernice King] said something that was very interesting. People try to make it about black and white. [But MLK] talked about equality for every man, every woman. We have a thing going on now, people discriminating against homosexuality in this country. I love the homosexuality people. God bless the gay people. They are great people.”