Ding-Dong, The Witch Is Dead!
I regret to report that homophobia is not restricted to just men's basketball but has reared its ugly head at the women's college level as well. Penn State women's basketball coach Rene Portland (pictured here looking cranky in a strand of pearls) announced her resignation Wednesday night after a 27 year career and a record of 606-236 amid allegations that she discriminated against lesbian players.
She was fined $10,000 for violating Penn State's anti-discrimination policy last year following complaints from a team member perceived to be gay who said Portland has a "no lesbians" policy. The player suffered much humiliation and was berated for not appearing feminine enough. In addition to being fined, Portland was ordered to take professional development courses "devoted to diversity and inclusiveness."
The news of Portland's homophobia sparked an on-campus demonstration during which students demanded she be fired. One protester stated "The Rene Portland case is about hate and discrimination. We have to speak out." Thank God for the next generation!
When you think about it, a women's basketball team without any lesbian players is like a Broadway musical without any gay chorus boys. Sure, it can be done but the show is gonna suck. That probably explains why Portland's record was 15-16 and 13-16 during her last two seasons at Penn State.
Begone, Portland, before somebody drops a house on you!