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Seattle Seahawk Christopher Clemons Says Gay Player Coming Out Would be 'Selfish Act' That Would Divide Team

Seattle Seahawks Defensive End Christopher Clemons is not happy that an NFL player might be coming out of the closet, calling it "a selfish act" that will "separate a lockerroom and divide a team".

ClemonsTweeted Clemons in a conversation with followers:

Who on Gods earth is this person saying he's coming out of the closet in the NFL? ...  If you didn't do it when you were in high school or college then why wait til your in the NFL? Whoever he is he didn't just start ... I'm not one to judge anyone because that's there personal preference. ... it doesn't matter how good they are. That will immediately separate a lockerroom and divide a team ... I'm not against anyone but I think it's a selfish act.  They just trying to make themselves bigger than the team.

Clemons later reeplied to another follower:

"No one said anything about be a homophobic. I just think something's should be left at home."

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  1. the grammar and spelling alone let you know the man is a genius.

    Posted by: doug | Mar 29, 2013 9:46:55 AM


  2. So are we still not allowed to talk about the rampant homophobia in the African American community without being called racist?

    Posted by: Frank | Mar 29, 2013 9:47:25 AM


  3. Yes, that's right Christopher Clemons, some things should be left at home -- because we've NEVER EVER heard of a football player with a WIFE or GIRLFRIEND.

    If anyone admitted he had a girlfriend it would totally divide the team! Selfish straight people.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Mar 29, 2013 9:47:43 AM


  4. You demanding him to stay in the closet is selfish you arrogant prick.

    Posted by: RMc | Mar 29, 2013 9:48:55 AM


  5. Jackie Robinson was selfish to play in the white man's game.

    Posted by: kp05 | Mar 29, 2013 9:49:36 AM


  6. I think him coming out and saying that is an incredibly selfish act that is going to divide the team.

    Posted by: Me | Mar 29, 2013 9:50:23 AM


  7. I love the way these bigots say "I'm not against anyone" and then follow that up with vicious attacks - in this case - "it's a slefish act, they're trying to make themselves biegger than the team."

    Posted by: Rob | Mar 29, 2013 9:54:51 AM


  8. I say go ahead and divide the teams then. If million of dollars can't ensure professionalism, I don't know what would. Get the homophobes out of the locker room.

    Posted by: Sean in Dallas | Mar 29, 2013 9:55:07 AM


  9. I don't recall Mr. Clemons making a statement about the selfish behavior of NFL players that get arrested for spousal abuse or gun violations or dog fighting?

    Posted by: Donald | Mar 29, 2013 9:55:16 AM


  10. So tired of the stupid blacks...

    Posted by: ginned | Mar 29, 2013 9:55:17 AM


  11. Tweet him - @chrisclemons91
    Tweet his team demanding they fire his dumb ass - @seahawks

    Posted by: MaryM | Mar 29, 2013 10:01:32 AM


  12. So tell us what things should be left at home and what should be brought to the game?I hear about every other players girlfriends, wives, kids, their love of jesus, and how they feel underpaid. The fact is, as an NFL player YOU knew you would have media scrutiny. As for it "dividing" a team, I wonder if Tom Brady or Peyton Manning came out, how much that would divide thee team. Of course, THEY have Super Bowl rings, and Clemmons has NONE.

    Posted by: Sean | Mar 29, 2013 10:02:07 AM


  13. Well, he's not the brightest bulb in the chandelier.

    Posted by: Jay | Mar 29, 2013 10:07:18 AM


  14. "So are we still not allowed to talk about the rampant homophobia in the African American community without being called racist"

    Of course, you can, Frank. And "we" can also talk about the rampant anti-Black racism in the White homo community. Talk, talk, talk...all the f.ck you want to.

    I guess you didn't notice the story Andy posted about Domonique Foxworth earlier today. Of course, you didn't. He doesn't support that view of "rampant homophobia" that you want to hear about.


    "So tired of the stupid blacks..."

    OK. And how do you feel about stupid whites? You like 'em?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 29, 2013 10:07:43 AM


  15. As if it's unselfish to demand that someone hide who he is and act like someone he is not because YOU don't like it. The hypocrisy is killing me. It's not the gay player who divides the locker room, but the one who thinks he should be able to dictate what another player discloses to his teammates and friends about his own life.

    Posted by: grench | Mar 29, 2013 10:08:56 AM


  16. I getting sick of the racist comments left by REPUB trolls, trying to divide gays and blacks. Their hate spew should be deleted.

    Posted by: grench | Mar 29, 2013 10:11:06 AM


  17. kp05 nails it. Jackie Robinson was clearly being selfish and just wanted to make himself bigger than the team.

    It is somehow more offensive to me when a person from a historically (and/or currently) marginalized group chooses to marginalize the LGBT community, than when, say, a straight white protestant male does the same.

    This is because members of the former group should be FAR more able to *empathize* with us, by definition of the word alone. If they cannot empathize, it demonstrates not only a lack intelligence, but also a deficit of humanity.

    A straight white male is less likely to have ever been the target of discrimination, so his lack of empathy says less about his character and more about his experiences.

    Of course, ANYONE should be capable of feeling *sympathy* for those who experience discrimination, so I am not excusing anybody.

    Posted by: Chip | Mar 29, 2013 10:17:27 AM


  18. His views say a lot more about him than they would about a potential player that comes out. Perhaps he ought to look in a mirror and ask himself 'Who is the selfish one here?'

    Posted by: Joseph | Mar 29, 2013 10:19:44 AM


  19. I get the feeling Clemons has a true self awareness of how to be selfish.

    Posted by: StevyD | Mar 29, 2013 10:20:56 AM


  20. Wow. He sounds so smart and intelligent. Let's all thank him for enlightening us!

    Posted by: reality | Mar 29, 2013 10:24:53 AM


  21. He's obviously talking about how scared HE is if a gay guy came out; frankly he's not that pretty. Talk about selfish. Time for the man-child to get some maturity.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Mar 29, 2013 10:32:39 AM


  22. Let me understand the logic from some of the comments above; black people are marginalized, therefore, they cannot have a diverse opinion about a topic? This is yet again putting a double standard on the black community versus the white male. We should all be held to the same standards. AND yes, there are idiots in all communities and there are compassionate individuals as well. The President of the NFL Players Association is a prime example of a compassionate man who just happens to be a black man. Rush Limbaugh is not a compassionate man who just so happens to be white. I would appreciate the comments left on this page from people who would not find an excuse to let their racist flag fly high; just say you don’t like black people no matter what they do and keep it moving.

    Posted by: THurts | Mar 29, 2013 10:35:03 AM


  23. Let me understand the logic from some of the comments above; black people are marginalized, therefore, they cannot have a diverse opinion about a topic? This is yet again putting a double standard on the black community versus the white male. We should all be held to the same standards. AND yes, there are idiots in all communities and there are compassionate individuals as well. The President of the NFL Players Association is a prime example of a compassionate man who just happens to be a black man. Rush Limbaugh is not a compassionate man who just so happens to be white. I would appreciate the comments left on this page from people who would not find an excuse to let their racist flag fly high; just say you don’t like black people no matter what they do and keep it moving.

    Posted by: THurts | Mar 29, 2013 10:35:04 AM


  24. Yeah, and I think that some white guy said that about black athletes about 50 years ago. Apparently this young man has never read a history book.

    Posted by: Jim Brown | Mar 29, 2013 10:36:54 AM


  25. Didn't something like this come up with former Pittsburgh Steelers Kordell Stewart who was plagued by gay rumors?

    He supposedly was not able to realize his potential as a player and thus the team suffered. And that was just a rumor! Imagine if it were true.

    I appreciate that Towleroad documents so much that is important to gay history and narrative, but sometimes I think blogposts of this type are like throwing a piece of meat into a wolf's den of commentators.

    Posted by: Fahd | Mar 29, 2013 11:01:05 AM


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