Recently, a prominent runner publicly came out as gay, which brought a post to the Letsrun.com forums I initially thought nothing of, but have since given great consideration.
I care how he does with his running. I don’t care at all about what lifestyle choices he makes. I wish him well with his running and his life choices.Letsrun.com forum poster
Some people were quick to point out that “being” gay is not a “choice.” There’s a phenomenal skieologians episode right there, waiting to be chewed on, but I’m not sure it’s a battle I want to fight.
For now, I want to pose a question: is this poster onto something or ‘on’ something?
In other words, how much does it matter to you, me and fans in general, what an athlete does in their private life, away from the competitive arena? Do we care?
To me, the answer to both questions is pretty simple.
This column will be continued tomorrow….