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Quarterback Comes Out as Gay — on 'Necessary Roughness': VIDEO


USA Network's series Necessary Roughness tonight tackles territory thus far uncharted by the real-life NFL, the coming out of a top quarterback. Check out a previously unreleased clip showing what happens when the player is taunted into telling the team.


Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe says the show got it right:

After watching the two episodes of “Necessary Roughness” dealing with a gay football player coming out, I was struck by how accurately the writers and producers of the show portrayed what the locker room would be like. Now, obviously this is a television show, and no gay player has come out yet. But the show managed to capture the very essence of an NFL locker room.

He adds:

Will a gay player face people who don’t understand, people who throw insults and jeers? Absolutely. But if that player is in a locker room full of men, true men, men who understand the underlying bedrock of football, then that player won’t care because he’ll be part of a team — and that’s exactly what “Necessary Roughness” nailed in these two episodes. The cohesiveness of team.

The episode airs at 10/9c tonight on the USA Network.

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  1. Wow! That was tough and powerful. Well acted. Black men are so handsome, but so few black gay characters, so good there is one.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Feb 20, 2013 9:54:18 AM

  2. "the coming out of a top quarterback"

    And he's a top too? Yay!

    Posted by: ripper | Feb 20, 2013 10:13:33 AM

  3. Matt26, I don´t think the black guy who says he is gay in the clip is the actual gay guy. I think it is the white guy featured in the still photo.

    Unless they´re both gay??

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Feb 20, 2013 10:30:24 AM

  4. This clip cuts off right as the scene seems to wind up.

    Posted by: Mikey | Feb 20, 2013 10:59:33 AM

  5. Mehcad Brooks is not the gay player. He is just standing up for the actual gay dude.

    Posted by: Javier | Feb 20, 2013 11:55:46 AM

  6. OK.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Feb 20, 2013 11:59:46 AM

  7. Don't the actors seem rather *small* to be playing NFL players?

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Feb 20, 2013 12:10:08 PM

  8. I'd like to think they've boyfriends - and that the baiting, homophobic loudmouth ends up being outed down the road as a closeted hypocrite - just the way it happens in the real world.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Feb 20, 2013 6:42:12 PM

  9. Mechad is gay every Wednesday night when I watch this show with lube.

    Posted by: Kissyfur | Feb 21, 2013 12:11:50 AM

  10. "Playmakers" (a great, but short-lived ESPN serial drama about a football team) was attempting to cover the subject of a gay football player some ten years ago, before it got yanked.

    Refer to: SE0109 - The Outing

    Posted by: Rexford | Feb 21, 2013 12:19:46 AM

  11. I loved Playmakers Rexford. That was an awesome show. It's a shame the NFL stomped it off the air by threatening ESPN so much that they canceled the show.

    Posted by: Dr. Christopher Blackwell | Feb 21, 2013 12:27:41 AM

  12. Did anyone watch this last night? I'd never seen it before, but the way it played out seemed awfully tidy. Basically almost no negative repercussions even being hinted at. Is that really how it would happen? Really?

    Posted by: Stefan | Feb 21, 2013 9:45:18 AM

  13. You have to watch the whole 3 episode arch for the full effect of the coming out. The acting felt very real. Travis Smith played the quarterback with alot of hope, anger and fear that felt pretty real. The writing was pretty weak. The quarterback comes out because he loves his long term, successful, very stable boyfriend. Everyone (family, coach, etc.) immediately accepts him expect a slightly cartoonish villain/teammate.

    But hey, thats the type of show it is...the fact that bored housewives are expected to route for the gay guy immediately probably a sign of progress.

    Posted by: mark | Feb 21, 2013 8:48:08 PM

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