Posted March 25, 2013

Report: Gay NFL player ‘strongly considering’ coming out

NFL

Over the past couple of weeks, there have been many stories about potential NFL draftees being subjected to questions about their sexuality at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last month, but there still has not been an active player who has stated they are homosexual.

That may soon change.

According to Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com, an unidentified player is considering making his sexual preference public and believes that the atmosphere is right for that player to be accepted in a locker room. The issue has been a hot topic with many current and former NFL players including Scott Fujita, who just ended his 11-year playing career.

According to Freeman:

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.

I’m told this player feels the time is now for someone to take this step — despite homophobic remarks from San Francisco 49ers defensive back Chris Culliver and the controversy arising recently at the Indianapolis Scouting combine, when prospects were asked questions about their sexuality.

This player’s true concern, I’m told, is not the reaction inside an NFL locker room but outside of it. The player fears he will suffer serious harm from homophobic fans, and that is the only thing preventing him from coming out. My sources will not say who this alleged player is.


10 comments
Not Democrat & Not Republican
Not Democrat & Not Republican

Just come out already! Jeez anyone ever watch Spartacus on STARZ? Sexuality is not a determinant on toughness or masculinity. Let's Play FOOTBALL!  

frymanation
frymanation

I'm thinking its Brady Quinn... just my opinion!

KristinLee
KristinLee like.author.displayName 1 Like

Well, we know how informed si.com is about the subject. Sexual PREFERENCE? Who says pro sports (and sports journalism) is ready for the 21st Century? God almighty. You can't be that stupid. Then again, you are in that cloistered world of sports journalism. Seriously? SMH

joe74
joe74 like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @KristinLee she is saying the idea that an athlete is gay and should be able to express that is perfectly ok and no ones business.and that sports and sports journalism are behind the times and harming people by not understanding that.

Jim C1
Jim C1

 @KristinLee I have no idea what you are talking about, whatsoever,

ThomY
ThomY like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

@Jim C1@KristinLee

I believe KristinLee's comment has to do with the semantics of the article. The article refers to "sexual preference" rather than "sexual orientation." A "preference" indicates that someone is open to other possibilities. For instance, I may prefer butter pecan ice cream, but I am open to eating other flavors of ice cream.

 

An "orientation" refers to the way something is that either cannot be changed at all or cannot be easily changed. For instance, I am right-hand oriented and would have a great deal of difficulty becoming left handed.

 

However, an ambidextrous person is both-hand oriented but may have a preference for one of the two hands. Thus, I suppose, a bisexual person may be oriented to sexual relationships with both genders, but may have a preference for one gender over the other.

 

In any event, if it is this semantics issue that set KristinLee off on her or his tirade, it hardly seems like it is significant enough to be worth her or his scorn. If someone told me I had a right-hand preference, I would not tell them how stupid they were because they didn't correctly say I had a right-hand orientation.

KristinLee
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@ThomY @Jim C1 @KristinLee Another way to put it: no one prefers to be an idiot, but some are just oriented that way.

jackLockner
jackLockner like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @KristinLee you must be a delight.

Edward1
Edward1

 @jackLockner  @KristinLee 

 

lol. classic. The life of every party. Kristin will you date me? We'll have a special night of Fox News and old school MMA. We;re talking Shamrock v Gracie vhs.