CINCINNATI (TDB) -- John Amaechi, a former Ohio prep basketball star who now heads the Human Rights Campaign "coming out" program, says newspaper columnist Ann Coulter's use of the word faggot before a conservative group was hate speech. Amaechi's blog is HERE , and the 6-foot-10 ex-NBAer said Coulter's remark is the kind of language bullies toss around.
Amaechi now lives in London. He scored the first NBA points this Millennium, and started his pro career with the Cavs, where he played 28 games. He went to high school at St. John's Jesuit in Toledo and announced last month he is gay. A British newspaper's story about Amaechi is HERE.
The take right now: Coulter is in the middle of a deepening controversy over her intemperate remark. She got caught gay-bashing, the word is spreading that she used a slur, and Coulter is going to have difficulty wiggling off this time. She has made other provocative comments in the past, but finally stepped over the line.