If you're following the news, it seems like the bad guys are winning. Sure, the leagues seem to be on board, levying stiff fines and suspensions whenever players or coaches hurl out these hateful words, but there seems to be something in the culture that's not keeping up with the times. Many have claimed the use of such terms is a cultural holdover and devoid of homophobic meaning. They've made the moronic claim that penalizing an athlete for using these terms is itself culturally insensitive. But the fact is, all cultures, even that of the locker room, must keep up with the times. Most pro athletes would never think to spit out hate terms "nigger," "kike," or "spic," but somehow "faggot" gets a pass. Beyond Escobar's offensive makeup, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers was fined $100,000 for calling a referee a "fucking faggot" last April; Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was fined $50,000 for saying "fuck you, faggot" to a fan during a playoff game in Miami; and, more recently, New York Knick Amare Stoudemire called a fan "fag" on Twitter. Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen has come out in support of Escobar, but he also wisely praised Fidel Castro in a press conference in Miami, so I think we can pretty safely ignore anything he says for the rest of his life.