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Sex, Gender and What Sport Must Do to Keep Up with Our Changing World



While this season may be forever remembered as the Summer of Trump, 2015 will inevitably enter the history books as a landmark year in the evolution of LGBT rights and awareness. From Caitlyn Jenner’s debut to the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision, we’ve witnessed a supersonic, seismic shift in our culture, leading some (like me) to sublime celebration, and others (many of my fellow Kentuckians) to bemoan society’s decline.  But whatever your political or religious viewpoint, as the 74-year-old (!) Bob Dylan might rasp, “the times they have a’ changed,” and it’s incumbent on all of us to adjust to the new reality.

The institution of sport must especially prepare for this new paradigm.  That’s because gender and relationship issues are magnified as athletics remains one of the few remaining professions where we still segregate the sexes.  And that’s a good thing:  As Serena Williams and the USA women’s soccer team proved this summer, women’s-only sports are empowering, beneficial to society and a whole lot of fun to watch.

It’s no wonder then that this year’s most high-profile same-sex marriage — and messy dissolution — came in the world of sports.  This week, the soap opera relationship between WNBA superstar Brittney Griner and Tulsa Shock forward Glory Johnson exploded into public view upon the airing of court documents that alleged duress, fraud and bisexual adultery — and in which Johnson demanded $20,000/month in spousal support upon the annulment of their 28-day marriage.  These revelations came only a few months after both players were suspended over a domestic violence incident.

ESPN’s Bomani Jones mused that the Griner/Johnson spat could actually generate more interest in the sport:  He imagined record ratings for the next time Johnson played against Griner’s Phoenix Mercury, all eyes panning toward the lane and the potential impact as the 6 foot 3 Johnson drives to the rim on the 6’9″, 200 pound Griner.

But a more intriguing scenario would imagine Griner and Johnson on the same team.  Relationships in the workplace have been the subject of debate for decades, and many employers have imposed strict prohibitions against, or demanded tight regulations of, inter-office romances.  Of course, the underlying issues — of nepotism, bias and harassment — become even more acute in the claustrophobic context of a closely-knit sports team.  This is particularly true in a game like basketball where teamwork is so essential to success — where championships are not won by individuals performing at optimal levels independently, but rather by acting unselfishly, in concert as a unit.

A happily married couple could disrupt the team ethos and be accused of favoritism — Johnson’s only passing Griner the ball to pad her stats!  Worse, when two spouses are fighting — or are in the process of breaking up — team chemistry could be harmed irreparably. And what if superstar Griner demanded that role-player Johnson be traded or released?  I’d love to be the plaintiff’s lawyer in that slam-dunk lawsuit.

While men’s pro sports has seen only a trickling of openly gay athletes — Jason Collins’ revelation came at his career’s downslide, while Michael Sam has yet to pan out — our culture’s growing acceptance of the LGBT community means that the emergence of many more prominent gay athletes and same-sex couples is inevitable.  Accordingly, it is important for pro sports to prepare itself for all of the good, bad and the uglies that accompany the institutions of love and marriage between teammates.

Where professional sports needs to be less concerned is on the issue of transgenderism.  The issue was first publicly broached in 1976 — ironically, the same year a dude named Bruce Jenner earned the title of world’s greatest athlete for capturing Olympic gold in the decathlon.  That summer, tennis player Renée Richards was denied entry in the women’s US Open when it was revealed that she had undergone sex reassignment surgery the prior year.  Richards sued, and the New York Supreme Court ruled in her favor, and she proceeded to enjoy a fairly successful career, rising to a top 20 world ranking a few years later.

Richards’ critics bemoaned the decision, worried that an army of men would soon secure gender reassignments to compete in women’s sports.  Of course, that never happened.  And even today, with broader societal acceptance following Caitlyn Jenner’s transition, it’s unimaginable that any man would undergo the treatments, surgeries, and emotional hardship simply to secure some competitive advantage in arenas where still only the elite of the elite enjoy riches, power and fame (especially in women’s sports).

The real battleground instead will be found in our nation’s high schools, where the debate over transgenderism is transitioning from the bathrooms to the ballfields.  While the NCAA has carefully developed a science-based policy that assigns college athletes to teams based in part on the timing and progress of their hormone therapy, the states have a patchwork of rules, and it is estimated that only ten transgender athletes currently compete on high school teams every year.

I’m not going to pretend that I know the right formula to balance competitive fairness with student interests.  But as policymakers at the state and school district level scrutinize these issues, they would be well advised to consider the highest mission of sport, especially at the school level.  Sure, winning is important; but sports is at its most powerful and influential when it instills core, shared values with our children — values like diligence, teamwork, unselfishness, and community.  And there’s no greater value that the one that all of our religious and moral traditions share — “to love your neighbor as yourself” — even if, or especially when, you don’t understand what they are going through.

Article written by Jonathan Miller

Jonathan Miller, The Recovering Politician (Twitter: @RecoveringPol), writes about the politics of sport and the sport of politics...and sometimes about bourbon. Jonathan has been elected twice as Kentucky's State Treasurer; practices as a crisis management attorney; authored three books on faith, public policy and crisis management; serves as a Contributor to The Daily Beast, played straight man on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart; reached the final table of the World Series of Poker; and with his summer camp sweetheart, raised two remarkable twenty-something daughters.

103 Comments for Sex, Gender and What Sport Must Do to Keep Up with Our Changing World

  1. Cousins Fake Tooth
    8:49 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

    “As Serena Williams and the USA women’s soccer team proved this summer, women’s-only sports are empowering, beneficial to society and a whole lot of fun to watch.”

    Not really. Ever see the SNL WNBA skit? That’s about how it is.

    • Tampa satchel
      1:53 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

      I am a big fan of the USWNT, though their performance in this years’ opening round of the WC left a lot to be desired. They have outperformed the men’s team in recent history.

      UK Hoops is also fund to watch, though I would never watch the WNBA…much like I rarely watch the NBA.

  2. Thank You
    8:53 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

    Thank you for this thoughtful and well-written piece.

    • Robert Layne
      1:03 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

      This is Jonathan Miller posting a ‘thank you’ note to himself. Pretty lame.

    • Little Bobby Layne
      3:53 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

      Dear Li’l Bobby Layne. Sorry about your Mommy Issues. There’s a 12 Step Group for that.

    • Tampa satchel
      1:53 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

      I enjoyed reading this to. He makes some valid points.

  3. Dee W.
    8:54 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

    It’s always nice how liberals can create problems that never before existed to create chaos and artificial causes to rally behind.

    • Leuther
      8:07 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

      Well stated…

  4. Umm no
    9:00 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

    You can watch all the WNBA and women’s soccer that you want. I will have no part in it. It’s simply not entertaining at all.

  5. Eric
    9:01 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

    Jonathan Miller, you mind is so open your brains have fallen out. This article is so silly and non-sensical. KSR was much better before you arrived with your drivel. If you want to meet so I can explain to you why it is drivel let me know.

    • settles
      11:13 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

      I agree. I read every post on the site except for those written by Jonathan Miller. His work is boring and his angles are a stretch. Freddie Maggard is a GREAT addition and Miller is a 180.

    • I am deeply offended
      11:21 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

      I agwee. I wead evewy post on the site essept fuh those witten by Jonathan Miwwa. His wook is bowing and his angles aw a stwetch.
      (pushes up glasses, farts)

  6. BlueNotes
    9:05 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

    Do what?

  7. Mike
    9:09 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

    Insightful, as usual. It seems a lot of those who hang out here are stuck in the Rupp Heyday, the 1940s and 50s. Thanks for your efforts. They are not wasted, although it may seem so.

    • The Bible
      9:30 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

      “He who blasphemes the name of the Lord shall be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him; the sojourner as well as the native, when he blasphemes the Name, shall be put to death.” (Lev. 24:16)

      “And the swine, because it parts the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. Of their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall not touch; they are unclean to you.” (Lev. 11:7—8)

      “As for your male and female slaves whom you may have: you may buy male and female slaves from among the nations that are round about you. You may also buy from among the strangers who sojourn with you and their families that are with you, who have been born in your land; and they may be your property. You may bequeath them to your sons after you, to inherit as a Possession for ever.” (Lev. 25:44—46)

      “You shall not round off the hair on your temples or mar the edges of your beard.” (Lev. 19:27)

      “Everything in the waters that has fins and scales, whether in the seas or in the rivers, you may eat. But anything in the rivers that has not fins and scales, of the swarming creatures in the waters and of the living creatures that are in the waters, is an abomination to you. They shall remain an abomination to you; of their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall have in abomination. Everything in the waters that has not fins and scales is an abomination to you.” (Lev. 11:9—12)

      “If a man commits adultery with the wife of his neighbor, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall be put to death.” (Lev. 20:10)

      “For no one who has a blemish shall draw near, a man blind or lame, or who has a mutilated face or a limb too long, or a man who has an injured foot or an injured hand, or a hunchback, or a dwarf, or a man with a defect in his sights or an itching disease or scabs or crushed testicles; no man of the descendants of Aaron the priest who has a blemish shall come near to offer the Lord’s offerings by fire; since he has a blemish, he shall not come near to offer the bread of his God…He shall not come near the veil or approach the altar, because he has a blemish, that he may not profane my sanctuaries…” (Lev. 21:18—23)

    • The three little pigs
      9:33 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

      I’ll huff and puff and blow your house down!

    • To the person calling himself/herself “The Bible”, the point you are trying to prove (that Christians are not consistent because we don’t practice what is taught in the verses you sited) does not hold water.

      Christians live under the New Testament, or covenant (read Hebrews 7, 8, and 9, and the entire book for that matter). The old law was nailed to the cross (Colossians 2:14). God told Peter to “kill and eat” animals that had been considered unclean under the old law (Acts 11:7). Peter at first refused and said he had never eaten anything unclean. God told him to not call something unclean when He had cleansed it. He did all this to teach Peter that the New Testament gospel should be preached to Gentiles as well as Jews.

      So, when folks like Obama defend their views on marriage by quoting those verses and say “Someone hasn’t been reading their Bibles lately” the reverse is actually the case. One can choose to believe it or not, but preaching against what the SCOTUS just did while eating shellfish is not inconsistent. The condemnation of same sex marriage is carried over to the New Testament while much of what you quoted is not.

    • Mike, Hebrews 13:8 says “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever.” It’s not a matter of living in the 40’s or 50’s. It’s about obeying God. His laws are for all time as the verse indicates. I encourage you to read the Bible for yourself with an honest and open heart.

    • The three little pigs
      10:10 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

      Jesus was nailed to the cross also! Does that mean we are no longer to listen to him? What God actually said is “I did not come back to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. Hope that’s clear enough for you

    • Yes, the old law was nailed to the cross with Jesus, and because of that we listen to Jesus. See again the book of Hebrews (when a testator dies his will is in effect…Heb 9:16-17). The new testament is Jesus’ will and it is in effect now, not the old law. Colossians 2:14 also says Jesus took the old law out of the way. Your scripture citation is incomplete (sorry I spelled it “sited” earlier). What Jesus actually said was “I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.” That last word makes a huge difference. His birth and death fulfilled numerous old testament prophecies.

      God bless.

    • I am deeply offended
      11:27 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

      Yep, the Bible reflects the era in which it was written. Reminds us of how far we’ve come and unfortunately how far we still have to go as well.

    • “Forever” means just that. You may choose not to believe the Bible, but I do believe it, and the Constitution guarantees me freedom of religion.

    • Tampa satchel
      2:01 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

      A fascinating, if not a bit dry and academic, read.

  8. Whoa
    9:15 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

    I’m just here for the conservative nerd fight meltdown…………

    Aaaaand, GO!!!

  9. Loopsy
    9:21 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

    It’s not even a matter of undergoing surgeries to obtain a competitive advantage. A lot of (if not a majority) of the female athletes are born with some type of male hormone, DNA, or whatever. I’m certainly no scientist but one has to be blind to deny their male traits. To each their own and I certainly appreciate them being whoever they wish to be…..but the ladies of the modern athletic era do not bring to mind the term “feminime” to me. I think everyone sees this but I’m sure it would get people fired or jailed to admit it!

    • What's his deal?
      9:34 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

      I am a scientist – women are not born with “male DNA”. There are particular chromosomes that designate a developing child as male and female, though they’re both human DNA obviously.

      And yes, all females have male hormones, and visa versa, but the balance that is naturally produced is highly skewed between them.

      Female athletes do tend to have higher testosterone levels than females in the general public, but the cause and effect probably goes both ways to some degree on that.

    • Wow
      9:34 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink


    • Loopsy
      9:40 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

      I appreciate the science lesson. All I know is that if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, I’ll call it a duck, regardless of its testosterone levels.

    • Wow
      9:43 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

      LMAO!!! Holy shit…… Where do these people come from?

      If it walks like a redneck and talks like a redneck, I guess I can call you a redneck dumbass retard?

    • Loopsy
      9:47 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

      No. You can type it From behind the security of a computer, Rambo! Lmao

    • Bill Murray
      9:51 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

      If only closed minds came with closed mouths.

    • Harry
      9:57 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

      Is “tolerance” still in the dictionary? Seems in very short supply around here!

  10. What's his deal?
    9:22 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

    ^I agree that some of comments on women’s sports ring a bit sexist, but Miller’s posts always have a whiff of “Fatherly figure who knows better than you talking down to all the little people”, which is what turns a lot of people off from progressive types.

    What is gonna happen if we happen to not enjoy watching less athletic people perform athletic activities? Are we going to reeducation camps? Is this “for the good of society” factor so compelling that people are to be demonized for their personal preferences?

  11. goose2
    10:00 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

    If the liberal media had not made such a deal out of Bruce Jennier. Would we be discussing transsexuals today. I think not.

  12. goose2
    10:04 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

    Oh and by the way, Johnathan Miller, your rants are to long and to borning , Who wants to read this dribble on a UK sports webcite?

    • Ha!
      10:10 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink


      Of course.

  13. Ben
    10:05 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

    God said that a marriage is between a man and a woman and to think otherwise is so sickening and disgusting, I can’t believe we are celebrating the supreme courts decision because it is so wrong. God also makes no mistakes so if we makes you a boy you are meant to be a boy and should not think otherwise you are who you are and that’s that,But God loves them still as he does everybody so we still must try to lead these people to the Lord

    • On the other hand
      10:13 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

      God also says the earth is less than 6000 yrs old and he is the only one without sin (other than murdering the universe with a flood).

    • I am deeply offended
      11:32 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

      God is not liable for your petty bigotry.

    • iamhdr
      12:24 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

      On the other hand,

      What a completely ignorant comment. You don’t need to agree with Christians to provide a fair summation of Christian theology. Your junior high school level attempts at mockery are cute but rather vapid.

    • On the other hand
      9:52 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

      Hey iamhdr – I notice you like to name call (like a good Christian), yet are unable to dispute the truth as written. Do you teach your children that dinosaurs never existed? The bible clearly tells you that the earth is less than 6000 years old.

    • iamhdr
      10:27 am July 28, 2015 Permalink

      Hey On the other hand – I noticed that you have a lack of reading comprehension which isn’t shocking since you think Christians can’t dispute the “truth”. Where, pray tell, did I name call?

  14. Bullitt County UK fan
    10:08 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

    The one thing I think all people one here will admit is no one wants to have politics and transgender gay right issues to be a prominent topic on Kentucky Sports Radio. I mean, come on! I’m used to Jonathan Miller’s writing to be off topic if not forced around the topic of Kentucky sports, but this? What does this have to do with bringing viewers their Kentucky Basketball, Football and recruiting news in the most ridiculous manner possible? Go write for CNN!

    • On the other hand
      10:16 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

      Well, …it has more comments than any post in the last two years! Maybe some do wish to discuss it!

    • chimichanga
      11:35 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

      It’s a good discussion and a good article. If you don’t like it, don’t read it. I think we can all admit that no one likes an entitled whiner.

    • Robert Layne
      1:09 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

      It is the Jonathan Miller’s of the world that are perpetrating the hatred. Don’t believe it, just look at all the comments. All it has done is to make EVERYONE pick a side and start hating the other side. The article has no place here…NONE.

    • Brian
      1:15 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

      ^^ No, it makes the Conservatives go mental on anyone who doesn’t have the same beliefs as them.

  15. goose2
    10:12 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

    Matt, I enjoy your website, I’ve been a uk fan since the mid 60s and a football season ticket holder since 1983. Please keep politics off here. Most fans come here to enjoy uk sports and get away from the political crap.

    • Brian
      10:50 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

      I guess scrolling on past this article proved too tough, huh…?

  16. Cat dog
    10:15 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

    Yes, Mr. Miller and Mr. Jones are celebrating the decline of virtue, values, and decency.
    Now all this nonsense has to enter the DMZ of the world of sports.
    Where are we headed?
    Guys becoming girls, and then being on women’s sports team?
    Just eliminate all gender based teams?

  17. struggler
    11:00 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

    I can’t imagine what this labored contortion of writing attempting to normalize the abnormal and normalize the immoral has to do with UK sports, but yet here it is. The lengthy patronizing and brow beating writing style leaves one wondering if he’s trying to convince himself or us. Oh to be so enlightened… the Mr. (Or Ms. Or in transition or whatever) Miller’s of this new world order have brought us so many valuable contributions to better our society. New definition of marriage, gender and the inability to define moral standards. Athletics are surely in for a treat.

    • Tampa satchel
      9:38 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

      Substitute “colored” for transgender and go back a generation or two or go back a few more and substitute Catholic or…

  18. Robert Layne
    11:14 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

    Articles like this are why there is so much hostility and hatred toward each other. Becasue articles like this force a response and force each individual to take a stand or a side, and there’s your problem, and you Jonathan Miller perpetuated it. Why was this allowed to be posted here, at KSR? This kind of crap has no business being posted on this site.

  19. JB
    11:28 pm July 26, 2015 Permalink

    I actually prefer Mr. Miller’s articles over most of the stuff posted on KSR. Keep posting. I don’t necessarily agree with you on everything but I do appreciate your ability to offer a different angle on some of the issues.

  20. Ben
    12:16 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

    Hey “on the other hand” God flooded the earth because it was so wicked and he needed to eliminate the wickedness he said he would never do such a thing until he comes to retrieve us if ur saved or send us to hell if ur not and then he will destroy Satan,Evil and the Earth because it is sinful

    • On the other hand
      6:39 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

      Hey Ben — so God destroyed the earth to rid it from evil but somehow didn’t bother to kill the very one he says was responsible for all the evil (devil)?? Give all your blind faith and thanks to a golf ball and it will have the same God-like qualities.

  21. Ben
    12:18 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

    And the only reason the liberals make these stupid things so big is because they’re trying to find something to rally behind and and find happiness even though all they need to do is turn to Jesus why do you think Christians are The Happiest people on Earth

    • On the other hand
      6:56 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

      And the earth is 4.9 BILLION years old! How arrogant of Christians (2000 yrs worth of humanity) to think they are the only ones that were worthy enough to recieve Gods blessings and path to heaven.

  22. Drew Franklin
    12:28 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

    There is no Jonathan Miller you idiots, it’s Matt’s nom de guerre. He can’t publish this liberal garbage under his name, but he wants to enlighten all you rubes and hayseeds of the BBN.

    • Drew Franklin
      12:44 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

      I’m actually a Louisville troll with a limited and very repetitive vocabulary.

      “nom de guerre”

      I wish I was Drew Franklin, however….

  23. Not For Me To Judge
    12:39 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

    Those of us who believe the Bible is the word of God…and live our lives the way the Deity communicated…we trust, we have faith, then we die. And we’re rewarded with eternal life.

    And like the Revival preachers all over the world have said…”And if believers in God are wrong, so be it. If there is no heaven, we still lived the best way possible, believing in our God. We hurt no one in the process. But if the unbelievers are wrong about THEIR path and lack of faith… they live in sin, and enter into eternal damnation.” So who’s the real loser in the great scheme of things? Me, because I didn’t accept same sex marriage because it was listed as a sin in the Bible? No…I’m not the loser in my God’s eyes.

    The Bible provides all kinds of great material, including the passage about when society accepts evil as good, and condemns good as evil. So no judgement here….just pray for everyone accepting the biblically-defined evil as good. I’m not judging the non-believers…only praying for them. So in turn, don’t force judgement on me if I don’t approve of bruce jenner’s recent decision, gay marriage, or other views of liberalism that go against my beliefs.

    So when Sodom and Gomorrah starts burning (again), run to the hills and don’t look back…unless you like salt. As Donnie Baker of The Bob and Tom show so eloquently states, “Look it up!”

    • On the other hand
      6:46 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

      You hurt no one in the process??? Your kind has just spewed a page full of hidden ignorance towards gays, liberalism, etc!!!! The majority of today’s wars and hatred for other countries are tied directly to religion. It’s so easy to see the ignorance of everyone’s religion….other than our own of course!

    • Not For Me To Judge
      9:21 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

      “Your Kind?” Really? Reminds me of Ross Perot when he referenced “You people….” My beliefs and convictions in no way “spew hidden ignorance” If faith in God is ignorance, I’ll stand by God. Again, if I’m wrong and so unenlightened via the Scientific Method, so be it. If I die and come back as a turtle, I’ll reflect on our conversation and say “you were right.” But I’m praying for you. Good luck, dude.

    • On the other hand
      9:45 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

      You’re simply a product of your environment and era. You believe what you do, not because it’is real/proven but because the higher powers of the time (men) chose for you to believe it! And since the masses follow it, it gives your beliefs credence in your mind. Just exactly like every generization before you…you stick with blind faith and call all others crazy. Prayer never hurts I guess….but it’s also a waste of breath my friend.

    • Tampa satchel
      9:46 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

      Prayer actually is quite healthy, it’s the religious dogma and negativity of evangelicals that trumps any good from that hot mess. Stick with Buddhism. There’s no god, no judgement and we accept all belief systems as long as you do your best to treat everyone with respect. Substitute prayer with meditation and you are on your way!

  24. iamhdr
    12:43 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

    Misusing verses of Scripture to push “transgender” rights isn’t surprising but it’s nonetheless disappointing.

    Let’s clarify a little. Loving your neighbor requires desiring the good for them. Cooperating in the liberal cause de jour of “transgender” rights isn’t desiring the good for people. It’s quite the opposite. There is plenty of evidence that participating in this farce is harmful. Listen to this interview with a man that had a sex change operation to look like a woman and regretted it.

    This is a perspective that is suppressed by the progressive media and the social media sheep that follow them.

    1:24 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

    “Bob Dylan might rasp, “the times they have a’ changed,” and it’s incumbent on all of us to adjust to the new reality.”

    Ummm, no. Why is it incumbent upon me to accept and adjust this “new reality”? You act like what you have seen in the last few months is a new, permanent situation which is set in stone. It isn’t. Just as quickly and easily as things swayed to the left, they can just as easily sway to the right.

    US-Cuba reopening bilateral relations. The Arab Spring. The rise of IS. The fall of the USSR. The Iranian Revolution. The American Revolution. Things can–and do–change.

    Don’t pop that cork yet, Miller. We’re only in the first quarter and plenty of people on the opposite side of the political fence are reaching their b*llsh*t threshold. Remember that for every action, there is always a reaction.

      2:58 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

      The South will rise again! Right Power!

  26. Twick39
    7:31 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

    Why does this guy still write for this site?

  27. seefus
    7:34 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

    any word on jai lucas?

  28. Cary Harrison
    7:56 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

    Why can’t we stick to Big Blue Sports? Oh I forgot, “in the most ridiculous manner possible”…..which is accurate in the case of this article. It seems no matter where you go, liberals are always on with trying to sell their “agenda” and trying to change the world and drag us all along with them. This is Kentucky, and I don’t believe the obvious liberal agenda that permeates this site represents what most Kentuckians feel. Rather, it represents what most liberal college campuses have sold for the last 50 years…..crap. Stick to Big Blue Sports. This is the best source of Big Blue Sports around and I wish the writers would stop selling crazy here. The world is full up already…..

    • Tampa satchel
      9:51 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

      Why is it only liberals are “selling their agenda”? Don’t conservatives do the same thing? Heck, just about every Christian you smile at is selling the Christian agenda and why you should think like they do. That’s why I love Buddhism. No proselytizing. No recruiting. No fear. No judgement.

  29. 8 god
    8:38 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

    Not touching this one. On the other hand has beaten me to the punch.

  30. Cats9
    9:30 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

    We all know Matt is a liberal and I just put up with his bullshit to get basketball recruiting news. But when this site starts posting shit about that “thing” I am done. Bunch of liberal pussies. Jon miller needs to take his no talent ass back up north to his liberal roots.

  31. Site Suck
    10:11 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

    Lately this site and its idiotic topics (especially non-UK sports related) have me so desperate for something worth reading that I stoop so low to almost wishing Mark Maggart would start a site again.

  32. Man
    10:29 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

    These comments just scream “Kentucky”.

    And we wonder why we’re stereotyped in such a way….. 🙁

  33. Irony
    10:34 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

    Owsley County, Kentucky

    Is 99.22% White and 95% Republican

    It has the Highest Usage Of SNAP Benefits In the USA

    Owsley County, home to 4,722 residents, is poor even by Appalachian standards. Its median household income of $19,351 is the lowest outside of Puerto Rico, according to census results. The county is more than 99 percent white.

  34. Joe Dan Gorman
    10:35 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

    What an nauseatingly PC liberal tripe.

    Transgender is not normal, never will be. It’s a Mental Illness (per Dr. Paul R. McHugh, former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital)- he also says it’s BIOLOGICALLY IMPOSSIBLE to change your sex.

    And contrary to the mass delusion….Gays represent less than 2% of the GLOBAL POPULATION – 1.6%, look it up.

    I love everyone, But I will not embrace a mental illness as normal.

    • Amen
      10:36 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

      I agree, brother!

      “For no one who has a blemish shall draw near, a man blind or lame, or who has a mutilated face or a limb too long, or a man who has an injured foot or an injured hand, or a hunchback, or a dwarf, or a man with a defect in his sights or an itching disease or scabs or crushed testicles; no man of the descendants of Aaron the priest who has a blemish shall come near to offer the Lord’s offerings by fire; since he has a blemish, he shall not come near to offer the bread of his God…He shall not come near the veil or approach the altar, because he has a blemish, that he may not profane my sanctuaries…” (Lev. 21:18—23)

    • Ha!
      10:38 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

      Then why are you so scared of 1.6% of the population?

    • On the other hand
      11:43 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

      Lmao. And I suppose that Morphodites are a thing of your imagination???? Talk to your God about this creation!

    • eric
      1:20 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

      Joe Dan Gorman, great post. On the other hand is part of the crowd that preaches tolerance but, attacks Christians at every turn. His posts on this article are mostly attacks on Christians. His view of tolerance is for others to be tolerant of his views while he disrespects and stereo types Christians in attempt to marginalize Christians. This is the very definition of HYPOCRITE.

    • J-Dub421
      4:21 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

      You state that’s it’s biologically impossible to change sex, but there are several species of amphibians and fish that do so, most notably grouper. If you don’t believe me, look it up.

    • iamhdr
      10:34 am July 28, 2015 Permalink


      Obviously, the context is clearly referring to the inability of humans to change their sex. The fact that certain animals can change sex has no implications in this fact.

  35. Old Haint
    10:37 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

    The hatefulness and ignorance that comes out of this website sometimes is just astounding. Steady on, JM, Matt, and everyone else on KSR with the courage to speak unpopular opinions. There are plenty of UK fans who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered/transsexual. Many of us have sat right beside some of you hateful auld thangs at games. Our money is just as good as yours, and we’ll keep filling seats. None of you have to like us, but if this kind of hate is that you call “Christian”, may God have mercy on your petty, stiff-necked souls.

  36. Center Fielder
    11:00 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

    When it comes to bullshit, big-time, major league bullshit, you have to stand in awe of the all-time champion of false promises and exaggerated claims, religion. No contest. No contest. Religion. Religion easily has the greatest bullshit story ever told. Think about it. Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever ’til the end of time!

    But He loves you.

    He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He’s all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can’t handle money! Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and they always need a little more. Now, you talk about a good bullshit story. Holy Shit!

    Something is wrong here. War, disease, death, destruction, hunger, filth, poverty, torture, crime, corruption, and the Ice Capades. Something is definitely wrong. This is not good work. If this is the best God can do, I am not impressed. Results like these do not belong on the résumé of a Supreme Being. This is the kind of shit you’d expect from an office temp with a bad attitude. And just between you and me, in any decently-run universe, this guy would’ve been out on his all-powerful ass a long time ago.

    So rather than be just another mindless religious robot, mindlessly and aimlessly and blindly believing that all of this is in the hands of some spooky incompetent father figure who doesn’t give a shit, I decided to look around for something else to worship. Something I could really count on.

    And immediately, I thought of the sun. Happened like that, I became a sun-worshipper. Several reasons. First of all, I can see the sun, okay? Unlike some other gods I could mention, I can actually see the sun. I’m big on that. If I can see something, I don’t know, it kind of helps the credibility along, you know? So everyday I can see the sun, as it gives me everything I need; heat, light, food, flowers in the park, reflections on the lake, an occasional skin cancer, but hey. At least there are no crucifixions, and we’re not setting people on fire simply because they don’t agree with us.

    Sun worship is fairly simple. There’s no mystery, no miracles, no pageantry, no one asks for money, there are no songs to learn, and we don’t have a special building where we all gather once a week to compare clothing. And the best thing about the sun, it never tells me I’m unworthy. Doesn’t tell me I’m a bad person who needs to be saved. Hasn’t said an unkind word. Treats me fine. So, I worship the sun. But, I don’t pray to the sun. Know why? I wouldn’t presume on our friendship. It’s not polite.

    And for those of you who look to The Bible for moral lessons and literary qualities, I might suggest a couple of other stories for you. You might want to look at the Three Little Pigs, that’s a good one. Has a nice happy ending, I’m sure you’ll like that. Then there’s Little Red Riding Hood, although it does have that part where the Big Bad Wolf actually eats the grandmother. Which I didn’t care for, by the way. And finally, I’ve always drawn a great deal of moral comfort from Humpty Dumpty. The part I like the best? “All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty back together again.” That’s because there is no Humpty Dumpty, and there is no God. None, not one, no God, never was.

    • Tampa satchel
      9:56 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

      Center fielder, you just hit a home run. Laugh out loud funny.

    • iamhdr
      10:46 am July 28, 2015 Permalink

      It seems as if you’ve been hanging out with some angsty teen atheists. I’m sure your parody is a real hit with your buddies at the HuffPo comment section but if you think you’ve got some real points, then you’ve got some real problems with intellectual concepts like honestly summarizing your opponents positions. Refuting strawman arguments like you’ve attempted to do is easy. Too bad it’s a logical fallacy.

  37. Wilbur Crick
    11:17 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

    Sounds like a personal problem to me. I could not care less about other peoples sexual drama. What does this subject have to do with sports. Who cares.

  38. KyKid
    11:35 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

    Sorry, but if you truly believe that all of this – the complexities of life on earth today – came from and evolved from nothing then you have much more faith than any Christian or other religion. Why would any living creature cease to evolve? Why would there be gnats or worms? Wouldn’t they evolve to something more? Why haven’t we developed wings? I would love to be able to fly and it would create a better version of humanity.

    On a different note, just to clarify the Christian position – we do not hate gay/lesbian people. We are not intolerant of them. We do not agree with or support the lifestyle but we love them just the same. On a related note the same could be said for any other lifestyle the Bible deems sinful. That being said, we can’t love someone and simultaneously smile and be happy if we believe they are going to hell. So, we pray for them and we do not support legislation that makes this acceptable. For an analogy, if we had the cure for cancer and did not want to give to someone who needed it that would be akin to murder. I understand all are free to choose and you have every right to not believe or believe something different, but maybe if you consider where we are coming from you won’t hate us.

    • On the other hand
      11:49 am July 27, 2015 Permalink

      But you do have a cure for cancer and a cure for being gay according to the bible! It’s called prayer, remember?? That’s right…..that’s just another bible teaching that you wish for others to ignore in hopes of carrying on the farce of your religion for another 1000 yrs or so.

    • KyKid
      12:35 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

      Sorry, that’s not how prayer works, people have to make their own choices. I know you probably consider me to be the closed minded one, but I would like for you to look at all the evidence. Josh McDowell was a ticked off non-believer several years ago who set out to disprove Christianity with historical evidence. When he gathered all the historical evidence he could find (much of which was not from the Bible but from other secular sources) he came away convinced of the reality that Christ is who He said He was. You should check it out for yourself.

    • On the other hand
      2:13 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

      You’re correct. Prayer works by millions and millions of Christians praying every day for things and then when someone naturally heals from a sickness, christians can claim it was due to their prayer. Do you ever pray for a soldier to regrow a lost limb? Why not? It’s because YOU KNOW this could only be accomplished by a true miracle and your praying for it would be a waste of time. I don’t consider you close minded, I consider you are brain washed to not question what you have been taught by man for fear of going to hell. The first lesson of any cult is to instill into the congregation that people that disagree with them are just persecutors and hell bound.

    • KyKid
      4:35 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

      You seem pretty fixated on prayer, as you have pretty much ignored anything else I have said. God is not Santa Clause and never promised to be. just like with our kids, we don’t always get what we want.
      Look, you are entitled to believe whatever you want and I respect that. But like I said in my first paragraph, if you believe all this came and evolved from nothing, well you have more faith than me.

    • J-Dub421
      4:40 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

      Nothing ceases to evolve. Different creatures evolve at different rates. Almost every species of dog is man made. We cross bred them and selected for specific traits. There are multiple breeds of dogs that didn’t exist 50 years ago, and some are even newer. Labradoodle anyone?

    • KyKid
      4:47 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

      Cross-breeding and evolution are two totally different things. If you believe everything came from nothing that’s fine. I find it less plausible and believe otherwise, but to each his own.

  39. mikeintn
    12:15 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

    Broad is the road that lead to destruction, and MANY are on it, narrow is the way to life and FEW find it, easy to see the Bible is right.

    Can we talk about UK basketball.

  40. Jive
    1:25 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

    This site is in a serious state of decline. Go ahead and pat yourselves on the back for generating so many comments, meanwhile people will go somewhere else for news about Kentucky basketball.

  41. eric
    1:26 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

    On the other hand and Center Fielder should hook for some group therapy….they perceive they have been harmed by Christians when in fact it is their own personal choices they know are wrong but, don’t want to face the facts that have done so much wrong. So instead, of admitting to their weaknesses they attack God/Bible/Christians for defining what is right and wrong. If you guys want to go on believing there isn’t good/bad, evil/Godly go right ahead and see where that gets you not only here on earth but, on judgment day as well. Have a nice life.

    • On the other hand
      2:20 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

      Knowing good/bad and evil/godly was automatically instilled into every humans HEART/HEAD. The real God gave you this gift for free. Yet, you chose to follow a little 2000 yr old middle easterns man guess as to who God was. Your threat of “judgment day” has been utilized by every culture/religion on earth. Funny how you just know all their threats were a complete joke but yours is real.

  42. Post
    2:15 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

    Who is Bruce/Caitlin Jenner?

    But seriously, here to add +1 to the comment tally and just beg the question:

    WHY ARE THEIR POLITICAL ARTICLES ON THIS SITE? Lets change the description to:

    University of Kentucky Basketball, Football, and Recruiting news brought to you in the most ridiculous manner possible. Oh yeah, and some Bruce Jenner news, cause you dont get enough already.

    • Post
      2:16 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

      THERE* before I get flamed lol

  43. jaws2
    3:12 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

    I wrote a response on that was rejected by the KSR thought police. It had nothing that was offensive in it, other than one word for the faint of heart, ‘pu**yfication’. This was in reference to the post on whether or not a sports journalist words were ‘offensive’ or not.

    And THIS display of responses is fine? Wow

    BTW, this article has no business on a so called sports site IMO.