Ben Cohen says Reebok dropped Gareth Thomas because he came out

Gay RugbyBen 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.

5 responses to “Ben Cohen says Reebok dropped Gareth Thomas because he came out

  1. Its fantastic as your other posts : D, thankyou for posting . “Age is a function of mind over matter if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” by Leroy Robert Satchel Paige

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  2. The article has this update at the bottom:
    UPDATE: An earlier version of this story contained an allegation by Ben Cohen about Reebok. He has now contacted GSN to apologize and asked to withdraw that remark saying he was mistaken and his earlier claim was untrue. GSN published his previous comment in good faith as it was said in a public meeting but would like to apologize.

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    • Yes, I wasn’t 100% certain which is why I questioned its validity although it was also mentioned on Ben Cohen’s FB page. I’ve noticed he’s apologized to “Rebokuk” on his page so I’m not 100% certain what to make of that.

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  3. Saw this on Ben Cohen’s Facebook page:
    Ben Cohen
    Yesterday via mobile
    My most sincere apologies to @reebokuk. The claims I made about Gareth Thomas’ contract were untrue. I was mistaken and I apologise. Ben

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  4. Unfortunately, this is probably true. Fortunately, we do have the have the brave few, such as the NFL’s Brendon Ayanbedejo (Baltimore Ravens) and Chris Kluwe (Minnesota Vikings), who have the courage to speak out against this discrimination. Hopefully, their efforts, and the work of others, will produce change.

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