Chelios downplays gays in sports

first_imgDETROIT – Henrik Zetterberg said it’s inevitable he has played with a homosexual teammate. Chris Chelios doesn’t care if he has. It didn’t escape notice of some Red Wings that former NBA player John Amaechi revealed last week he is gay in advance of discussing the subject in his book, “Man in the Middle,” to be released Feb. 20. No NHL player publicly has admitted such a thing. Chelios, 45 and in his 23rd season, said he wouldn’t care if one did so. “I don’t consider it any issue at all,” he said. “As far as I’m concerned, it’s a non-issue. I don’t care if a guy comes out and says he’s not gay or he comes and says he’s gay. Who cares? I don’t know who made that an issue.” Chelios, told Amaechi did, said it was Amaechi’s choice to bring on the subsequent attention. “He wants to go public with it, that’s fine,” Chelios said. “I don’t see people coming out and saying, `I’m not gay,’ so to me, I never got that. To me, it’s a non-issue. I don’t understand it; why there are gay marches. Why aren’t there not-gay marches?” Given there are some 700 NHL players and thousands more hockey players all over the world, Zetterberg, 26, pointed out odds are that some of those players are gay. “I’ve probably played with a gay guy during some point in my career, but I didn’t know about it,” he said. “I think that if you are gay, you would probably keep it to yourself until you stop playing. I think in games and such, I think they would be on him a lot. “Unfortunately right now, I don’t think you can play when you’re (openly) gay. But they have the right to play hockey, too.” center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img