Lotta homophobe accusations being thrown around here. Yes, there are, unfortunately, many people who express and exhibit unprovoked hatred towards those of a different sexual orientation. This is uncalled for and ridiculous......often stemming from ones own insecurities and/or ingrained teachings during the formative years.
However, the term is overused.....and perhaps in this thread. Believing that homosexual activity/lifestyle is immoral form a Scriptural/moral perspective does not necessarily a homophobe make. One can hold this view and harbor no animosity or ill-will towards the individuals involved in this activity (ie - love the sinner/hate the sin). Preferring that one, particularly who is (or will be) a high-profile athlete and therefore a role model to many impressionable youths, not advertently or inadvertently influence impressionable minds with a lifestyle you personally feel is morally detrimental to an individual and to a nation by keeping his sexual preferences to himself and not being exalted as a hero....is a far cry from a homophobic.
Many who are labeled with this derisive and undeserved term would feel the same way about a man who entered the league as an avowed gangsta or outspoken womanizer........would it be appropriate to call the latter a heterophobe? Just because one disagrees with anothers personal choices on moral grounds does not of necessity mean that they view themselves as better, or consider the other to be any less human than themselves.