Rick Welts

Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu May 19, 2011

NBA executive's revelation he's gay a 'positive step in a slow evolution'

Rick Welts is the current president of the Phoenix Suns, whose career as an NBA executive started in Seattle with the Sonics. He's revealed he is gay - the first person in men's team sports to do so.
David Wallace AP

He started his NBA career in Seattle as an assistant public relations director for the SuperSonics. Now, Rick Welts is the president of the Phoenix Suns. And he recently revealed he's gay. He's the first person in men's team sports - executive or active player - to make such an admission.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel has known Rick Welts for more than 30 years, from his time in Seattle. He shared some insight on Welts' struggle to reveal his sexual orientation in an industry that Art says has "a narrow definition of manliness that does not include being gay."

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