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CBS Sports: NFL Player Considering Coming Out of the Closet

Mike Freeman at CBS Sports wrote today that he believes a current NFL player is considering coming out of the closet:

NflWhile I've long believed I would not see an openly gay NFL player for decades, that might be wrong.

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.

Freeman says that despite the recent homophobic Chris Culliver incident and the issues at this year's Combine, "I'm told this player feels the time is now for someone to take this step..."

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.

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  1. "He will be hounded by media about his sexuality and asked to offer opinions on every gay issue under the sun"

    I was/am a huge fan of the musician Bob Mould, I love his work in Husker Du / Sugar / solo. When he came out, he gave some interviews that were unfortunate, he was "asked to offer opinions etc." and some of them were really dumb. There's also the other side of it, gay media people that had no idea who he was asking really dumb questions.

    I know sports fans, they won't care all that much if the guy helps his team win, if he doesn't, ruh roh.

    As for who it is and all that, I'm bored with waiting, I've been waiting since I read Dave Kopay's book in 1976.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Mar 25, 2013 11:22:41 PM

  2. Whoever it is, he will be famous.

    Posted by: Mike | Mar 25, 2013 11:50:45 PM

  3. Well, its inevitable. Sooner or later. And the guy will "attempt to continue his career?" Attempt? Like, in the face of stoning or what? Of course the sports world is full of retards. It's not exactly the ivory tower or silicon valley. But everyone is aware of which way the wind is blowing.

    Posted by: emjayay | Mar 25, 2013 11:51:46 PM

  4. @cam: "thinking about it" makes a lot of sense. Some Hollywood PR guy supposedly said that there is no such thing as good or bad publicity - the actors need publicity. If he's "thinking about it" and the fact that someone is "thinking about it" is touted enough in the press, his coming out will be the sports event of the year. Think major product endorsement opportunities from Diesel and A&F, not to mention Calvin Klein (all the more so if Calvin finds himself in need of a new boy toy, I mean, boyfriend).

    Wisecracks (meant to amuse Towleroad readers) aside, if he does come out, I hope it goes well for him. It's not always all that easy to be first.

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 26, 2013 12:58:39 AM

  5. Afraid of the fans??

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Mar 26, 2013 6:28:53 AM

  6. am I wrong or is one of the subtexts of this story that his team-mates already know? Sure seems like it - and if so, they're helping him keep his secret. That tells us a lot more about the culture of the locker room than stories about nit-wits like Chris Culliver.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Mar 26, 2013 6:51:17 AM

  7. well if it ruins his career he can always turn to porn.

    Posted by: tight end | Mar 26, 2013 11:14:21 AM

  8. When was the last time an NFL player was harmed by a fan? If I were him, I'd be more worried about whether or not I was a sucky player.

    It'd be really lame if the first openly gay current NFL player were a bench-warmer. Or, worse . . . a kicker.

    Posted by: FFS | Mar 27, 2013 4:00:00 AM


    Posted by: LOL | Jun 14, 2013 11:17:08 PM

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