McGrady to mag: 5% of players gay Also wonders why Magic didn't consult with him on Howard signing

Posted: September 13, 2003

Orlando Magic guard Tracy McGrady recently told a New York magazine for its November issue that he believes "5 percent" of NBA players are gay, adding that he had witnessed incidents of homosexual behavior.

Also in the interview, McGrady criticized Magic management for not involving him in the signing of free-agent forward Juwan Howard.

McGrady made his comments to Stuff magazine's Bill Schulz. In a question-and-answer interview at McGrady's home in July, Schulz asked McGrady, "Here's a pertinent question: How many homosexuals are currently playing in the NBA?"

"I think about 5 percent," McGrady said.

Schulz then said: "Wow. That's a huge amount for such a macho profession. Have you observed any specific incidents that allow you to make that statement?"

"Yeah," McGrady said.

Schulz went on to another subject when McGrady would not expand his answer.

McGrady could not be reached yesterday for comment. Magic general manager John Gabriel would not comment.

Gabriel did address McGrady's comments about being kept out of the loop over Howard.

"I know we share the same goals of winning more each year," Gabriel said. "Our goal is his goal: to put the best team on the floor, and in particular, take as much pressure off him as we can. We did that with signing of Howard."

In other NBA news:

* Darko Milicic, the No. 2 pick in June's NBA draft, signed a 3-year contract worth about $11 million with Detroit. Milicic, 18, has played professionally in Europe since he was 14.

* Guard Voshon Lenard agreed to a multiyear contract with Denver.

Colleges

* Baylor University's Board of Regents voted to keep Robert Sloan as president of the world's largest Baptist university after faculty members urged his ouster in a no-confidence vote. Sloan's leadership was questioned following the summer slaying of basketball player Patrick Dennehy.

* Alabama basketball coach Mark Gottfried received a 5-year contract extension.

* Montana State assistant football coach Joe O'Brien was arrested on methamphetamine charges, authorities in Bozeman, Mont., said.

Auto Racing

* Ryan Newman earned his record 14th pole in 71 Winston Cup starts, turning a lap of 133.357 mph for tomorrow's Sylvania 300 at Loudon, N.H.

* NASCAR chairman Bill France Jr. denied a report that he will retire and turn over control of the racing circuit to son, Brian, but said he will cut back further on his daily activities.

Golf

* J.L. Lewis shot a 6-under-par 65 and holds a two-stroke lead after two rounds of the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill.

* Retief Goosen took a four-stroke lead after two rounds of the Lancome Trophy at Saint-nom-la-Breteche, France.

* Europe has a 4 1/2-3 1/2 lead over the United States after the opening day of the women's Solheim Cup in Loddekopinge, Sweden.

* Berwyn's Jay Sigel shot a 5-under 67 and shares the first-round lead with Des Smyth and Larry Nelson at the Champions Tour Constellation Energy Classic in Hunt Valley, Md.

Sport Stops

* Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, recently returned from serious injuries, will not ride Numerous Times in the $1 million Atto Mile at Woodbine tomorrow.

* Billy Sims, winner of the 1978 Heisman Trophy with Oklahoma and a former NFL star running back, was arrested on a child-support warrant and released in Anadarko, Okla. *

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