L. Z. Granderson|
(? - living) U.S.A.
Granderson was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan where he developed a passion for the NHL and hockey. He is divorced with a son.
Before he moved to ESPN and Page 2, he was a sportswriter at the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Granderson is one of the few openly gay sportswriters.
Granderson's writings for Page 2 usually center around the social and human aspects of sports. He writes about his own personal struggles, the life of athletes, and occasionally provides social commentary. He submits two articles weekly for Page 2.
LZ Granderson was gay-bashed in New Orleans last weekend while there for the NBA All-Star game. As he says in his column, he (ironically) was on his way to the Playboy party when he came across a group of guys who didn't like how tight his shirt was.
"When the eight to 10 guys surrounded me, I knew I was going to get hurt. When the first one pushed me in the back, I remember thinking I was going to die. After a second shove, I had no thoughts at all - only fear."
He also talks in the column about the Brady Quinn gay-bashing incident and calls the media (whom I think are the biggest hurdle in ending homophobia) and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on the carpet for not doing more about the story.
"But what I do know is that the incident warranted more attention from the media and the NFL than what was given. I felt that way before nearly getting beat up this weekend and obviously I feel even more strongly about it now. I'm not looking for Tiger Woods/"lynch" controversy attention, but certainly something more than a brief on the back pages or joke fodder for blogs. We should want answers, not hollow apologies and inconsistent PR statements.
"I've been out my entire professional career. I only bring it up when I think it's relevant to what I'm writing about, which is rare. I'm not proud or ashamed of my sexual orientation. It is what it is. I had nothing to do with it."
LZ Granderson and Kurt Krueger, partners in business and life, became major players in gay Atlanta nightlife with their recent purchase of Blake's, WETbar and Blü with an unnamed Florida business partner.
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