One would agree, that it appears to be divine timing as the Phoenix Suns basketball operations Ryan Resch recently has announced that he’s gay, reported Kevin Arnovitz for ESPN . Oddly, throughout our country and the times now, there are very prevalent people who are gay. A gay man runs Apple currently, is governor of Colorado, and some run Fortune 500 companies. However, in modern-day men’s sports, it seems almost non-existent.
“Ultimately my goal is to normalize for people in and out of the league the existence of gay men and women on the basketball side,” Resch said.
When did Ryan Resch Come Out to the Phoenix Suns?
In 2011, Suns CEO Rick Welts came out, which made him the league’s first openly gay executive. By this point, he was well established and highly respect amongst the league, in fact, he created All-Star Weekend. Welts worked closely in what most consider the “front office”. However, these are two entirely different entities from the players. The buildings are purposely set miles apart.
Unlike Welts, Resch works in basketball operations where he can practically hear them calling plays in practice. Welts normally dresses in business attire while Resch normally wears sweats. Now that the scene is set, one can see the tremendous difference between the two and their relationships with the organization and players.
Resch comes out to GM James Jones (mentor) in December. Also, support from co-workers was overwhelming comforting. In fact, many of them encouraged and respect Resch even more than they did prior.
“His coming out was not a big deal in our day-to-day operations or my personal relationship with Ryan,” said Luke Loucks, who worked under Resch in Phoenix, played four years of basketball at Florida State, and recently joined Mike Brown’s coaching staff in Sacramento. “We respect his courage and his decision to let us know, but it really didn’t change anything — because it shouldn’t.”
Resch Relentless Basketball Love
Resch grew up as a military kid. He moved around a lot and never had many friends for a long period of time. Then he began getting involved with sports by becoming a manager for his college basketball team (Baylor). He jumped around from there; however, the point is he could never quit or let go of basketball. Although he never played it at a high level.
“I had a difficult time letting that team environment go,” Resch said. “When I returned to the team environment at the Big 12 tournament that year, it felt familial, and it felt fulfilling in a way that had been lacking being away from it.”