One NBA Coach Set Back Gender Relations With The Astute Proclamation That Attractive Women Can't Coach Because Too Many Players Would Be Trying To Sleep With Them
SBNation- It’s yet another hurdle women face. And while other barriers such as playing experience may put forth a legitimate discussion, it’s clear this issue lies with the gatekeepers. The men who believe it to be problem, even when women consider it a non-issue. And it’s not solely about nudity — the problem lies with sex and power, and that becomes especially apparent when the tape recorders are shut off. “You can’t have a hot woman in the NBA,” says one veteran NBA coach. “Guys will be trying to fuck her every day.”
“By and large the NBA is an incredibly sexist environment,” says the veteran NBA coach. “I listen to players talk about women. I have a daughter and it’s sometimes disturbing. But it’s nothing new. It hasn’t gotten worse over the years. In our society there are men uncomfortable working under women and a handful of our players would have a problem with it.”
Obviously I haven't the slightest clue what NBA coach was unsurprisingly anonymous in saying that the professional athletes with which he works so closely have no more will power than a dog in heat, but I will say that he's likely the type that should probably keep the closest eye on the Becky Hammon's of the world. Maybe I'm off base on this, but if what your players respect most about you is the fact that you also have a penis then your job security is probably pretty flimsy.
Look, I get it. Unfortunately there is still an undeniable machoism that clouds the culture of professional sports like a lingering fart, and - as a result - you're more likely to find misogyny inside a locker room than outside of it. That's just the nature of putting a a bunch of young dudes with a whole lot of testosterone and even more money to burn in an environment where competition is encouraged. I just find it wildly insulting to talk about NBA players as if they are entirely incapable of swallowing their patriarchal pride, keeping their dicks in their compression shorts, and doing their damn job regardless of the sex of a qualified supervisor.
If only because it's extremely difficult to bust into the head coaching ranks period, never mind as a breaker of barriers, I think we're probably still a ways away from a woman being granted full autonomy over a team of grown men. That said, seeing as one of the greatest minds in sports' history chose to share a sideline with the fairer sex, I'd really like to believe we've progressed to a point where the biggest problem with hiring a woman of any aesthetic to a position of power in sports isn't the amount of athletes that would be shooting her the eyes while "trying to fuck her every day".
If we haven't then that should probably take priority over catering coaching searches to the handful of players that have a problem with learning how to better themselves on a basketball court from someone who just so happens to sit down to pee.