Women's hoops coach tells the world she's straight
The newly hired women's basketball coach at the University of Missouri made a point, in a news conference earlier this month, of telling the assembled that she was married with children.
Her remarks illustrate an undercurrent of homophobia in women's athletics, according to a thought-provoking account in today's Inside Higher Ed.
The new coach, Robin Pingeton, may have been sending a not-too-subtle message with her comments.
"I'm very blessed to have my staff here," she said, according to the report. "This is something very unique, I think, for Division I women's basketball to have a staff that the entire staff is married with kids. Family is important to us and we live it every day."
She also mentioned that she is a Christian, and that her values "are very important to me," speaking to an audience that included her husband and 3-year-old son.
Female players and coaches sometimes feel compelled "to prove they're straight," the report said.
More from the Inside Higher Ed report:
Helen J. Carroll, sports project director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said she thought Pingeton's comments were a way of "subtly proving that everyone in their program was straight." Pingeton's mention of her religion, Carroll added, "was yet again, a subtle way of saying being lesbian or being gay would be against religious values and isn't what our program is about."
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Daniel de Vise
April 20, 2010; 1:20 PM ET
Categories: Athletics | Tags: heterosexual basketball coach, pingeton coach, university missouri coach, women's basketball homophobia, women's basketball homosexuality
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