Straight Daily Beast Journalist Outs Multiple Gay Olympic Athletes Using Grindr, Readers Outraged

This morning, The Daily Beast journalist Nico Hines published a horribly irresponsible article called “I Got Three Grindr Dates in an Hour in the Olympic Village,” in which he provides enough details about the athletes he chatted with that readers could easily identify them.

Hines, who is married to a woman and is also a father, writes (several details have been censored below to conceal the identities of the athletes outed by Hines’ original article):

Armed with a range of dating and hookup apps—Bumble, Grindr, Jack’d, and Tinder—your distinctly non-Olympian correspondent had scored three dates in the first hour.

Athlete profiles on the various apps during my short exploration included a track star, a volleyball player, a record-holder in the pool, a sailor, a diver, and a ******** player from a notoriously homophobic country.

One athlete left a drop pin in the heart of the village for me to follow, another said they would be waiting, dressed in black, near the coffee machine in the athletes’ restaurant. A friendly gentleman even volunteered the address of his building straightaway.

Hines adds:

There were dozens of eligible bachelors listed on Grindr within a few hundred yards of where I was standing at the entrance to the athletes’ village. One posed in his full team kit. Others referred to their elite sporting status more furtively, but they included one of the world’s top equestrians and a track and field athlete a few days away from competing.

One Olympian wanted to commiserate over his *****-place finish. Another had very different things on his mind: “In village ready for action! Let’s make an athletes orgy!” he wrote in his profile.

Some athletes on Grindr made it clear that they were only interested in other sports stars. “Muscular Athlete for meets in Athlete Village ONLY. Be prepared to prove you’re here for a face to face meet,” he wrote.

“I didn’t lie to anyone or pretend to be someone I wasn’t —unless you count being on Grindr in the first place — since I’m straight, with a wife and child,” Hines said. “I used my own picture (just of my face…) and confessed to being a journalist as soon as anyone asked who I was.”

Readers of the article have responded with outrage at what many have labeled as “homophobic,” “irresponsible” and downright “dangerous.”

In response to the backlash, Daily Beast’s editor-in-chief, John Avlon, has edited the original article to remove the nationalities of the athletes. He also issued the following “editor’s note”:

We take such complaints seriously because a central part of The Daily Beast’s mission is to fight for full equality and equal treatment for LGBT people around the world. Publishing an article that in any way could be seen as homophobic is contrary to our mission…. The concept for the piece was to see how dating and hook-up apps were being used in Rio by athletes. It just so happened that Nico had many more responses on Grindr than apps that cater mostly to straight people, and so he wrote about that. Had he received straight invitations, he would have written about those…. Some readers have read Nico as mocking or sex-shaming those on Grindr. We do not feel he did this in any way. However, The Daily Beast understands that others may have interpreted the piece differently. Accordingly, we have made some editorial changes to the article, responding to readers’ concerns, and are again sorry for any upset the original version of this piece inspired.”

h/t: GSN