James Corden Comes To Defense Of Kentucky Basketball Player Left Out Of High School Yearbook [VIDEO]

“He’s a gay basketball player. Or as I like to call him, ‘a basketball player.’ Because there’s no such thing as gay basketball.”

  • robirob

    That is quite nice of him.

  • geoffalnutt

    “He’s gone down Betsy Lane” is officially my new euphemism for ‘coming out’. Hysterical!

    • gaymex

      I agree. I wish I’d gone down Betsy Lane years earlier. I’m glad these homophobic hell holes are getting the attention needed to make life easier for the gay kids living there. It’s about damn time the bigots were called out everywhere.

      • Anastasia Beaverhousen

        Sadly, I started down Betsy Lane and made a U-turn on to Rock Hudson Highway for several years before living on Betsy Lane

        • Reality.Bites

          All roads lead to rehab, Stasie.

          • Todd20036

            Yeah, but there are SO many bars along the way, and you know you have to visit each one for the drink specials.

        • gaymex


    • Gene

      I spoke to a pal who lives in Betsy Layne. (I grew up about 40 miles from there) and he loves it, and his wife is having a ball with it, but some of the phobes there are F R E A K I N G out! I LOVE it.

  • Mark

    I chuckled at how he put the ‘gay’ onus back on the school itself. “Down Betsy Layne” …ya gotta love it!

  • Yeah I don’t think anyone is buying the “oh it was just an oversite” excuse. The more attention this story gets the better, they wanted to sweep a gay player under the rug and so now he should get the spotlight.

    • gaymex

      Amazing how the conscious mind can overlook what the unconscious is pushing for…mistake my ass.

      • Webslinger

        The majority can ALWAYS make a valiant attempt to ignore the minority…however as soon as it is reversed there is HELL to pay…glad to see that the tables are being turned in the minority’s favor…

    • Friday

      Well, there’d have to be a little more to go on there, I think. I was yearbook staff and stuff does happen. Was he left out of the team photo that’s presumably there? For the sports photos sometimes there’s a tendency to go with the better photos rather than necessarily who’s most important to the team. So actually …yeah, kind of would want more info there.

      • Bob Conti

        Uhmmmm, I was the yearbook editor at my high school and no, if we were doing a spread on a team, no starter would be left out. My question is whether it was the student staff that did this, or through some kind of control by school administration? We didn’t have to go through any kind of pre-approval by the school staff (much, I think, to their chagrin). Moreover, if you look at the special piece that ran across the gutter to the next page, it had individual portraits of the players, so it’s not a question of best shots.

        • Friday

          That’s exactly the kind of ‘more information’ I was asking for, about the individual portraits. Tallyho. 🙂

          As in, my asking was cause *I* was the photo editor of my high school yearbook for years. (And these were in analog days when neither shooting basketball games under weird sodium vapor lights with what gear teenagers could muster nor the publishing process were point-and-shoot, drag-and-drop-plug-and-play. It *took* a year or two to even get the sportoes to *tell* us ‘freaks and geeks’ what was important to them even if I’d already been the one shooting the games for some time. Oversights happened, is all. Kind of quickly-corrected, though. (By going, ‘Hey, we’re understaffed and can’t just know everything, let us know what’s important. Come right up and tell me even.)

          (I mean, different times. Analog times, even. At least when that oversight happened photos were still something a little special and we could be like, “Well, at least let’s make some nice prints for them to keep.” Kind of showed some of those sportoes what we do and and what was involved and it was better later, but you know. The element of ‘It’s kids with deadlines’ wasn’t one I wanted to dismiss out of hand.)

          Obviously if this guy was left out of this list of portraits this case *isn’t* about ‘Some kids working wee hours didn’t know or remember everything about the whole sports thing at all times,’ but the latter’s why I was reserving benefit of the doubt.

  • stuckinthewoods

    There might not be “gay basketball” but I’ve noticed that football probably should be called “same sex football”, or “traditional football”,…. maybe “Biblical football”..

    • olandp

      It couldn’t be Biblical because they use pig skin, and as all good Christianists know that to touch the skin of a dead pic makes one unclean, not quite, but almost, an abomination.

      • Ted.OR

        Plus, many of the games are played on the Sabbath. No matter which definition they go by, college games are usually on Saturday, and professional on Sunday. Remember the Sabbath, and keep it holey!

    • Gerry Fisher

      The 1986 Boston basketball team that went to the Gay Games that year brought life to “gay basketball players.” I’m just SAYIN’! 😉 (There’s a pic of me in the souvenir booklet from those games. I look so *skinny*!)

  • b

    Gone down Betsy Lane. Priceless.

  • Reality.Bites

    I never fail to be amused by the thinking “Yes, this will work out well for us. No publicity, no court case, no damages and no one’s going to lose their job for it.”

  • Please tell me that James Corden has gone down Betsey Lane.

    • Gerry Fisher

      2 beers. 😉

      • David Walker

        I think “two pints” would be more appropriate.

  • Reality.Bites

    Hi, I’m Kurt Hummel and I’ll be auditioning for the role of kicker.


    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      I don’t love the color of their costumes.

      • David Walker

        Agreed, but it was an inspired episode. Well, maybe not inspired, but I remember it, which is more than I can say most of “Glee” or, indeed, anything on TV.

      • 2karmanot

        No style at all…won’t trend except as a PEZ dispenser.

  • Gerry Fisher

    I like cute bear allies. 🙂

  • Ninja0980

    Anything that can be done to keep in this story in the limelight should be done.
    Because across the nation, the Religious Reich have made it a point to stack school boards (elections no one but them pay attention to) with far right bigots.
    And as such, there is a war going on in our schools against our LGBT youth.
    Not only from other students but from teachers and school boards who think they deserve ounce of teasing and bullying they get due to their “sinful” lifestyle.

    • gaymex

      There is hope. Gay youngsters everywhere are learning that the internet can be their friend. Let us know when bigots are fucking with you, because we’ve got your back.

  • TJay229

    When Ellen has him on her show, gives him a big check towards his scholarship… They’ll be sorry then.

  • Webslinger
  • KT

    In order for the “over-site” to happen, the photographer apparently never double checked the file she received back from Maldonado to make sure his photo was there. Then, those involved in the yearbook apparently didn’t check the team roster to make sure they didn’t leave anyone else (clearly at some point they had to have checked the roster to make sure they spelled everyone’s name rights – but still overlooked Maldonado?). Its a bunch of BS from a school that has done nothing for this kid. Thankfully he is out of there and heading to a college that will accept him for who he is.

    • Friday

      Did they leave him out of verbal mention on the page as well?

  • Altho’ I don’t watch this guy I do appreciate his defense of Dalton Maldonado, the high school student purposely left out of the yearbook. I was the editor of our high school’s yearbook and can assure you this was no mistake or oversight. A good editor would have noticed this slight immediately and corrected the problem. Obviously Dalton was removed and omitted because he was different, he was gay. Dalton should sue the school, the school officials and the yearbook editor specifically.

  • Christopher
  • Kissmagrits

    But, what if the gay Kentucky b-baller scopes out his teammate’s essentials in the shower and finds his teammates don’t measure up? – – -Oh, the humanity!

  • jomicur

    At my Catholic high school, back in the 60s, both my boyfriend and I were left out of the basketball team photo. Of course, I wasn’t on the team. He, on the other hand, was the team captain. There had been rumors flying about the two of us even though we were very carefully closeted (so we thought). If that wasn’t why he was left out of the photo, I’m damned if I can think why else it would have been.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Watch if you haven’t. There’s a fabulous joke at 0:50.

    I will be stealing it.

  • James

    Won’t somebody please think of the children! Except the gay ones.

  • billbear1961

    Their cruelty to this high school student is disgusting.

    The petty, hateful shits!

    I can’t believe this is still going on in the second decade of the 21st century!

    Shame on them!

    But WHO is being persecuted? Oh, THEY are, of course!

    God DAMN them, the evil BASTARDS–doing this to a kid!

    Very glad this guy has spoken up in his defense!