Gays in the NFL?

Maybe the NFL will surprise me, but something tells me that being openly gay in the NFL could be hazardous to your health. This is from Yahoo! sports.


This figures to be a monumental week for gay rights in the United States, as the Supreme Court will review the issue of same-sex marriage for the first time.

And while the matter plays out on the nation’s largest legal stage over the next few weeks, it may also make headlines on the nation’s largest sporting stage, the NFL.

Mike Freeman of CBS Sports wrote Monday that sources have told him that a gay NFL player is considering coming out over the next few months:

“Based on interviews over the past several weeks with current and former players, I’m told that a current gay NFL player is strongly considering coming out publicly within the next few months – and after doing so, the player would attempt to continue his career.”

Interestingly, sources told Freeman that the player’s concern is not with the reaction of his teammates or other NFL players. Rather, he is more worried about how fans will take the news. And according to free agent linebacker Scott Fujita, who recently penned an essay in the New York Times promoting marriage equality, a gay player coming out wouldn’t cause as much of a stir amongst NFL players as some people think it would.

“I honestly think the players of the NFL have been ready for an openly gay player for quite some time now,” Fujita told Freeman. “Trust me, the coming out of a player would create much bigger waves outside the locker room than inside. The way I’ve seen the conversation around LGBT issues evolve, especially in the past few years, has been encouraging. Guys are more accepting than they used to be.”

Fujita is one of several high-profile football players to take a stand for gay rights. Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brandon Ayanbadejo, who plans to be at a rally on Tuesday in front of the Supreme Court, was one of the first players to voice his support for gay rights. Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has also been a strong advocate for the issue.

For his part, Ayanbadejo said he thinks an NFL player will come out soon, but he did not reveal a date. In a recent interview with USA Today, Ayanbadejo said he thinks a baseball player will come out before a football or basketball player.

“I think it will happen in baseball sooner than in football or basketball,” Ayanbadejo said.“The reason I say that is because I think there is less of a connection to religion in baseball. The religious roots are a lot deeper in basketball and football. With that being said, I think baseball players are more open minded.”

NFL teams were criticized last month when several college players said that, during routine interviews, they were asked about their sexual orientation. Since then the league has announced that executives will meet with groups representing the gay community to review its policies.

Well, if you were an offensive center, and the QB comes out, that could mess with your head, and cause fumbles perhaps.

I bet it’s that Te’o guy. Pretty much the only explanation for his made up girlfriend is he is covering up being gay.

Do you think it’s easier to get a job for a straight or gay given equal experience/creds? HR would not want to have a potential lawsuit? Similar to different races, etc.

There should be a website to bet on the first player coming out. On top of my head, my vote goes to Julian Edelman of the Pats. Gaaaay. Tony Homo a close second.

Yeah, I guess the problem wouldn’t be the locker room, but the fans.

Interesting. Edelman? i’m thinking Danny Woodhead or even Welker.

Know who’s NOT gay? Madison Hedgecock.

You’ve got to be pretty tough to get through life with a name like Madison Hedgecock. Even tougher still to make it to the NFL.

From now on I need to make my Gaydar waves stronger when I watch football. It has detected nobody so far. IRL, OTOH…

You shouldn’t be using gay as a noun. It’s an adjective.

That’s exactly what I thought.

Te’o is not a current NFL player.

I vote for Vernon Davis.

Jeff Garcia

Even if you are a gay and a CFA?

Especially a gay CFA. :wink:

What a waste of a good adjective. Before the age of sitcom TV, “gay” meant something like “happy,” “carefree,” or perhaps “light-minded.” Not sure exactly how that word came to describe a speech impediment or homosexuality.

According to the dictionary it’s also the name of a latin american squirrel. Noun.

Because gay people are gay/happy when they are with each other (and often in general). Why is that so hard to understand?


I love Louis C.K.'s approach to the issue (NSFW b/c language). My favorite part (which I agree with) is at around 1:45 on the video.

We can cross Antonio Cromartie off the list. I forgot the last count… 8 kids 7 women or was it 9 and 8?

My guess is Dez Bryant