For all the inter-dude bickering about the respective postseason prospects of the Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets, I must admit one thing - I unabashedly love Mark Cuban. First of all, what's not to like about (1) spoiling all of your players with the best facilities in the NBA; (2) not hesitating about accruing fines to support your team; (3) being such a visible presence at the games; and (4) running a blog that's almost as popular as ours. But, then he says this about gay athletes, and especially, any active gay athlete that would come out: "You would be an absolute hero to more Americans than you can ever possibly be as an athlete, and that'll put money in your pocket. On the flip side, if you're the idiot who condemns somebody because they're gay, then you're going to be ostracized, you're going to be picketed and you're going to ruin whatever marketing endorsements you have."
Though I would take issue with him commodifying one of the more difficult decisions I would imagine an athlete could make (unlike, for example, Jackass Clemens' decision of which team to be a mercenary for), you have to applaud him for taking such a strong stance against the Shavlik Randolphs of the world.
I hope that when Dirk finally comes out, Mark Cuban is fully in his corner.