Ben Cohen, a rugby world cup champion and founder of The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, made news this past weekend speaking at a debate at Britain’s National Student Pride when he said Reebok dropped rugby star Gareth Thomas for being gay.
Whether this is true or not is hard to say, but I have a feeling it won’t be the last time we hear these type of allegations. Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about why there are not any homosexual athletes in America’s major sports leagues. I chalk up the fact that the only reason we find out about gay athletes after they retire is due to homophobia. If there is truth to Ben Cohen’s comments about Reebok’s decision to drop a prominent and popular rugby athlete because he came out, I find that troubling. You may read more about Ben Cohen’s comments about Reebok and Gareth Thomas here.