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The unlevel playing field

Updated: May 12, 2005, 1:20 PM ET
By Mark Kreidler | Special to ESPN.com

It was upon the occasion of the premiere of "Ring of Fire," a boxing documentary that at points addressed the sexual orientation of former welterweight champion Emile Griffith, that the Human Rights Campaign this week debuted a television ad supporting "a level playing field" for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender athletes "who have played to the highest level."

Concurrent with that advertisement came a press release that touted the HRC's pro-acceptance stance. And along with that came ...

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