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Sunday Roundtable: Sports Personalities Discuss Gay Athletes

Former tennis players Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova, free agent LB Brendon Ayanbadejo, former NFLer Esera Tuaolo, NFLPA President Domonique Foxworth, Monumental Sports & Entertainment Founder, Chair & CEO Ted Leonsis, N.Y. Times columnist William Rhoden and SI’s Chris Stone appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation" to discuss gay athletes in professional sports. King, on if she lost sponsorship money when she came out as gay during her career: “I lost my endorsements in 24 hours. It’s the letters I got, or the sponsors, what they said to me, that was really hurtful” (“Face the Nation,” CBS, 5/5).

NBC’s “Meet the Press” also featured guests to discuss the impact of Jason Collins being the first athlete in a major professional sport to come out as gay. Host David Gregory was joined via satellite by Ayanbadejo, National Review Editor Rich Lowry, MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and former U.S. Rep. (D-Tenn.) Harold Ford Jr. ("Meet the Press," NBC, 5/5).
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