Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sports Icons in the News: Ian Thorpe Comes Out; Oscar Lashes Out

by Calmin Valentino 
Ozzy swimming sensation Ian Thorpe comes out.

Five time Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe has recently revealed that he is gay. The Australia Olympian's statement contradicts the details in his 2012 autobiography that clearly stated his attraction to woman.

Thorpe sat down with talk show veteran Michael Parkinson in a "coming out" interview that was praised by celebrities including Latin pop star and gay father of twin boys Ricky Martin, and Nets centre Jason Collins who came out in 2013 making him the first openly gay NBA player.

Thorpe discussed his reason for this decision, stating that part of him did not know if Australia would accept a gay champion.
He explains: "What happened was, I felt that the lie had become so big that I didn't want people to question my integrity and a little bit of ego comes into this," he said. "I didn't want people to think that I had lied about everything."

He hopes this new revelation will make it easier for others to come out. The swimming star took to twitter to thank his fans for their support.  Thorpe admits that friends and family have been very supportive and goes on to say: "I'm comfortable saying I'm a gay man and I don't want people to feel the same way I did. You can grow up, you can be comfortable and you can be gay."

Oscar Pistorius in the spotlight for angry fight on a night out.

Oscar is sparking more controversy as reports surface of him fighting with a man in Sandton, South Africa.

The Olympian, who is currently standing trail for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, has frequently faced rumours of his temper before the spat with another club attendee over the weekend. His representative Annalise Burgess shed some light on the situation.

"We can confirm that Oscar was at the said venue (VIP Rooms, Sandton) accommodated by a cousin." Annalise told NBC News. "They sat in a quiet booth in the VIP section when they were approached by an individual who has been identified as Jared Mortimer."

Burgess further said, "The individual,  according to my client, started to aggressively interrogate him on matters relating to the trial. An argument ensued during which my client asked to be left alone. Oscar soon thereafter left the club with his cousin."

In the same breath Pistorius broke his twitter silence while sharing numerous inspirational and religious tweets online with one passage of a tweet reading, " The salvation of a man is through love and in love. I understood how a man who yas nothing left in this world still may know bliss, be it only for a brief moment,  in the contemplation of his beloved.  In a position of utter desolation, when man cannot express himself in positive action, when his only achievement may consist in enduring his sufferings in the right way - an honourable way - in such a way man can, through loving contemplation of the image he carries of his beloved, achieve fulfillment."

Pistorius's trial will go into final arguments on August 7.