Strike! ESPN Airs Gay Pro Bowler Kissing Husband
Last weekend, ESPN showed an out-professional bowler hugging and kissing his husband after winning a prestigious bowling tournament, Out Sports reported.
Scott Norton, 30, placed a wet one on his husband Craig Woodward, 37, after winning the 2012 PBA Chameleon Championship in Las Vegas. During the event, which was held in November but wasn’t broadcast until Dec. 30, ESPN’s announcers call Woodward Norton’s husband. This was probably the first time an out athlete has been shown embracing his partner on a major network.
Norton, who defeated 2011 champion Jason Belmonte, married Woodward, a United Healthcare executive, on Oct. 22, 2011, in California.
"It is extremely important for me to come out to show other gay athletes, both current and future, that it is important to come out to show that we are just like everyone else," he said in a statement. "It’s important to show people that being gay has nothing to do with one’s ability to do anything as a man, least of all compete at the highest level of sports."
According to the Windy City Times, Norton, who is also an attorney, joined the Professional Bowlers Association in 2008. A year later, he was named the PBA West Region Rookie of the Year. In 2010, he won his first PBA Tour title, the PBA Championship.