Steve Nash: Dating Brittany Richardson, Tolerant of Openly Gay Teammates

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Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash is in the news for two reasons today.

First, the recently-divorced star was spotted with a woman believed to be girlfriend Brittany Richardson at Game 2 of the NBA Finals last night.

Nash was bombarded by texts after ABC showed him on TV, to which he responded on Twitter: “How can I watch the game when I just got a thousand texts for being on tv?! Been there before people. #kindofabigdeal”

Steve Nash and Brittany Richardson

Steve and Brittany watch the Mavericks' 95-93 win over the Heat.

Nash and his wife divorced in November - the day after their third child was born - and he and Brittany Richardson have reportedly been dating since.

Meanwhile, the Suns point guard Steve Nash made news by telling the New York Times that he does not think an NBA player admitting to being gay would be a “big issue” and that it would be “surprisingly accepted.”

Here's what Nash had to say about it ...

Asked by the Times if the NBA is ready for an openly gay player, Nash responded, “If a player in the locker room came out, it would come and go quickly, too. I really don’t think it’s a big issue anymore."

"I think it would be surprisingly accepted, and a shorter shelf life than maybe we would imagine. I think the time has come when it should happen soon."

"I think it will be something that won’t take on this life of its own. It won’t be the O. J. trial.”

The issue of homosexuality in sports was brought back to the forefront when Rick Welts, the CEO of the Suns, came out earlier this month.

Nash’s remarks echo recent comments by Charles Barkley, who suggested pro athletes may be more accepting in such a scenario than you think.

“It bothers me when I hear these reporters and jocks get on TV and say, ‘Oh, no guy can come out in a team sport. Guys would go crazy,’” he said.

“First of all, quit telling me what I think. I’d rather have a gay guy who can play than a straight guy who can’t play.”

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