The world of sport is shaken from time to time by controversies of a macho cut (there is no more to remember the past Rio 2016 Olympic Games). The last one that has emerged in the United States comes from the possibility that, for the first time in its seventy-two years of history, the NBA, the most important basketball league in the world, have a female coach. And Pau Gasol has spoken. He has done so through an open letter with a feminist message so powerful that he has won the applause of many users of social networks.
It is not the first time that a world-class athlete raises his voice in defense of equality. We had seen Andy Murray do it when talking about the winners of the Williams sisters. And now it's Gasol who tackles the controversy created around the possibility that Becky Hammon, who was one of the most important basketball players in the history of this sport and current assistant to Gregg Popovich, coach of the Spurs (the Gasol team), become the main coach of the Milwaukee Bucks.Becky Hammon
The letter has been published by The Players Tribune and spread by Pau himself (and many others) through social networks. Y the player is blunt in his opinion about why a woman can be first coach of an NBA team. These are the most prominent fragments of his text:
"Becky Hammon can train. I don't say I can train quite well. I don't say I can manage. I don't say I can train almost at the same level as NBA male coaches. I say: Becky Hammon can train in the NBA. Period."
"When I see arguments, or even jokes, about ... 'clothing issues', it reminds me that, no matter how much progress we have made in recent years ... there is still a long way to go. Let us recognize that a protest has not resolved the problems of inequality racial in this country. A parade does not mean that we are doing everything we can for the LGTBQ movement. And hiring a coach does not mean that we have resolved the issue of gender diversity in the workplace. "
"There is a pressure at this time to increase gender diversity in the workplace in almost every industry in the world. It is what is expected. And more importantly: it is the right thing. And yet, the NBA should be free about this because some fans have no problem taking it easy with us ... because we are a sport? I hope not. I hope the NBA never feels satisfied with being progressive "to be a sports league." Let's fight to be progressive to be a industry of any kind. "
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