Mark Spitz may not have managed a press pass to this year’s Olympics, but everybody’s favorite least favorite gay basketball player John Amaechi is an accredited media member for the Beijing games.

According to Amaechi, things are not going well on his trip to China. The only openly gay player in NBA history has been hired to write a blog and cover Olympic basketball for the BBC. Amaechi says players are “shocked’ when they see him. He also mentions an encounter he had with Kobe Bryant and says, “Things did not go well.”

Amaechi refers to snide comments by Team USA players and coaches and describes feeling “a lot of tension” when running into the American team at lunch.


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