NBA Hall of Famer: "Gay athletes today face similar struggle to black players of past"

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NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell compares the plight of gay athletes today as similar to what black athletes faced in the 1960's.

Russell who was arguably the most dominant defensive force in the NBA during that time period can clearly recall the fight for acceptance and equality that he and his peers faced, the struggles of today's gay athletes reminds him of the battle black athletes faced.

An 11-time NBA champion, Russell joined NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown for a panel discussion at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library on Wednesday, for a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

Bill Russell and Ex-NFL running back Jim Brown were key figures in their own sport and leaders during the civil rights era.

Questions that are often asked about gay athletes in todays society is whether they are a disruption in the locker room or whether they can be good teammates.

Russell exclaims that these are the exact same questions that were posed during his time in the NBA about the impact of black athletes to the sport.

The legendary Bill Russell believes he would only have one specific question about a gay teammate, whether he can play.

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