High-profile lesbian Web site afterellen.com jumped on the Pokey Chatman story this weekend with a story (read it here) saying that the LSU women's basketball coach's surprise resignation and ensuing reports that she had an affair with a former player "has turned the media spotlight on closeted lesbians in women's sports."
Also over the weekend, the daily newspaper in Baton Rouge - which happens to share a name with the national gay magazine The Advocate - FINALLY reported the reason for Chatman's sudden departure, a full four days after the affair was disclosed by The Times-Picayune, ESPN.com, The New York Times and much of the rest of the Western world.
It's not that reporters at the B.R. Advocate didn't try to drop a few hints while they were scrambling to catch up with everyone else. In a Thursday sports section column, writer Scott Rabalais asked this loaded question: "Why, after almost 20 years with a school that became so intertwined with her life, has Chatman decided to ride her Harley off into the sunset?"
Why invest in gumshoe reporting when an overused stereotype can do the trick?