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ABC Evening News for Sunday, May 10, 1981
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) Basketball game between Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics reported; players Moses Malone and Mike Dunleavy mentioned. Films shown, courtesy CBS Sports. Reactions to Billie Jean King's recent acknowledgement of past gay relationship examined; newspaper headlines shown. [Dr. Thomas TUTKO, "Machisma" author Grace LICHTENSTEIN - dismiss idea that more homosexuality exists in sports than in other fields.] [Former pro football player Dave KOPAY - comments on teammates' knowledge of his homosexuality.] [Pro golfer Carol MANN - recalls verbal attack on her and associate.] [Pro golfer Jane BLALOCK - insists that one's personal life is personal.] [TUTKO - fears that King's revelation will solidify prejudice against gays.] Revelations of tennis star Bill Tilden, boxing and figure skating champions of their homosexuality noted not harming sport; prognosis for women's athletics in light of King affair considered. [Women's Sports Fndn. president Donna de VARONA - considers ,experiences important.] Impact of situation on King, homosexuals and heterosexuals outlined. [LICHTENSTEIN - notes more serious issues exist in world.]
REPORTER: Dick Schaap

Donaldson, Sam;
Schaap, Dick

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