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SBD/September 24, 2012/People and Pop Culture
Former Pirates Owner Kevin McClatchy Acknowledges He Is Gay
Published September 24, 2012
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HONESTY REIGNS: McClatchy said prior to his group buying the Pirates, “We were in a very tenuous position. Two other groups were trying to buy the Pirates and I was convinced that if we weren’t successful, they would have moved somewhere else.” He added, “You understand you’ve got to keep the team there and (sexual orientation) is an issue that wouldn’t have played well. That’s just my opinion.” In Sacramento, Marcos Breton noted McClatchy “hopes his story can give strength to young people pursuing the dream of a career in sports.” McClatchy said, “This could be a systemic problem within sports. The best thing that could happen is that the leadership in all the leagues had a dialogue. … This needs to go down to the coaches, the college coaches, the high school coaches.” Breton wrote, “As McClatchy spoke, I could hear the relief in his voice and the strength of someone who had stepped out of the shadows and wasn’t afraid anymore” (SACRAMENTO BEE, 9/23). McClatchy: “I hope kids will know if you want to play sports, as long as you love the game, that’s enough. You don’t have to hide your life” (TRIBLIVE.com, 9/22).