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):
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.
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.”
Unless queer outing is now an Olympic sport, can we just all agree that @NicoHines piece is outright homophobia? Needs to be withdrawn.
— Joshua Dixon (@JoshDixonTweets) August 11, 2016
you are actually the worst @NicoHines – gay baiting athletes on gay hook up apps just so you can out them? creme of the scum is you.
— 【SAIF】: くやしい！ (@MrSeras) August 11, 2016
— Nick Coveney (@nmjcoveney) August 11, 2016
The @NicoHines 'story' on Grindr and the olympics village is not journalism. It's trashy at best and incredibly dangerous at worst.
— Stewart McDonald MP (@StewartMcDonald) August 11, 2016
the private lives, spaces & safety of LGBTI people do not exist for your fluff pieces @NicoHines
— Bec Shaw (@Brocklesnitch) August 11, 2016
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”: