58-year old Rick Welts, who began his career as a ball boy (snicker) for the Seattle Super Sonics, came out over the weekend, becoming the first prominent business leader in the world of sports to do so. His coming out has garnered not only praise from outside the industry, but tremendous support from within, from both the Suns franchise and NBA Commissioner David Stern.
"Alvin Gentry, who has been the Suns' head coach for 2½ seasons after joining the team in 2004 as an assistant coach, complimented Welts, saying the fact he is gay is beside the point."
"'I had a feeling about it,' Gentry told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard when asked if he knew Welts was gay. 'To me, what does it matter? I know he's great at his job; he's very organized and he does a brilliant job. To me, [his sexuality] is irrelevant.'"
Sports: the final frontier.