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NFL Trains Security Team in Case a Gay Player Comes Out

The NFL is preparing in case a gay player comes out of the closet, USA Today reports:

Blr_nflShould an NFL player or players come out, "Our league and team security people would be ready to monitor any kind of public reaction that might not be appropriate, including scrubbing social media" for potential threats, Aiello said. "We would assist the player in dealing with any adverse public reaction of any type, if there is any. Hopefully there wouldn't be and it would be a non-issue, which it should be."

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello also said that senior officials have met with three LGBT organizations, one of which is the You Can Play Project, which yesterday announced a groundbreaking partnership with the NHL.

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  1. The rumors about players possibly coming out must be true, or the NFL wouldn't bother to make this kind of arrangement. I think it will happen soon.

    Posted by: Jack M | Apr 12, 2013 8:06:36 AM

  2. What an amazing time to be alive. When I was a kid growing up in a small farming town in the '80s I could never have imagined this. It's still not perfect for The Gays but we've sure come a long way.

    Posted by: Gigi | Apr 12, 2013 8:26:57 AM

  3. And FEMA must be kept on full alert. The aftershock from something so cataclysmic as an NFL player coming out could level entire cities and alter the earth's orbit!

    Posted by: Demian | Apr 12, 2013 8:53:14 AM

  4. "We've got your back."

    Posted by: Gus | Apr 12, 2013 8:57:30 AM

  5. May I live long enough to see the day when announcing being gay is a ho-hum, non-event. In the meantime, it's nice to know there are businesses and organziations that have our back.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Apr 12, 2013 9:00:32 AM

  6. I suspect the NHL and the hockey player wouldn't worry about security if he came out. Once the press conferences ended, his biggest problem would be scheduling his Pride Parade Grand Marshal appearances! David Testo was GM of the Montreal Pride Parade last summer and he'd already retired from Major League Soccer.

    Posted by: Hue-Man | Apr 12, 2013 9:25:31 AM

  7. Historic! This is fantastic news. We all love progress.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 12, 2013 10:03:03 AM

  8. If this guy is gonna come out then he should be willing to deal the consequences, whatever they may be.

    Posted by: LCR Jay | Apr 12, 2013 10:05:05 AM

  9. Yes, LCR Jay, because the Log Cabin Repuglican mantra is "See what kind of trouble you're causing? Stay in the closet!"

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Apr 12, 2013 10:17:56 AM

  10. Rather than beligerant fans... my main concern for a player would be people on opposing teams playing sack the faggot.

    Whats more dangerous, a painted fan holding up a LEV 18:22 sign or a 300 pound homophobe on the field

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Apr 12, 2013 10:25:08 AM

  11. There's now been so much hype about the possibility that, if it were me, I'd be really scared about coming out. Someone should have done it months ago in the most innocuous way (like changing their FB status). I feel now that there's going to be some major press conference which seems way too much.

    Posted by: Alan | Apr 12, 2013 10:47:48 AM

  12. They're trying, and that's great.

    Posted by: Yeek | Apr 12, 2013 10:52:56 AM

  13. I think the NFL is simply getting prepared for something to happen first and foremost. The NFL security team basically monitors threats made to players and if need be extra security is brought to that player.

    This is a good step in the right direction, but I want to see the NFL more publicly proactive. They're doing a little bit here and a little bit there but there needs to be more comprehensive backing of any proverbial player. Meaning taking action NOW and doing the work now to build a safe space and shutting down homophobia. That means, when a player makes a homophobic statement like Chris Clemons did and the Seattle Seahawks intentionally not responding, the league must step in.

    That means when players make homophobic statements, the league must step in.

    And that means not giving clearance to NFL organizations asking teams the sexual orientation of players.

    The last few weeks have been interesting regarding the NFL and homosexuality. I think the NFL is trying to appease the LGBT community but doing so with gloves on their hands because they don't want to alienate fans. League leaders and team organizations need to do more.

    Alan is also right, this recent hype about someone coming out, and then the Kerry Rhodes situation as well, I think has hurt the chances of a player coming out anytime soon. There's so much spotlight on someone coming out, and Brendon said someone was going to come out and then walked it all the way back. And the backlash Brendon got for simply saying what he did was strong.

    Culture needs to change, but this is a positive step that should be celebrated.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Apr 12, 2013 11:22:32 AM

  14. "The rumors about players possibly coming out must be true, or the NFL wouldn't bother to make this kind of arrangement. I think it will happen soon."

    Not necessarily. The "You Can Play" project has been underway for several years now, but no NHL players have come out. Several baseball teams made "It Gets Better" videos.....but no major league baseball player has come out. The claims that Brandon Abajadeyo put out about 4 players considering coming out together proved to be unfounded.

    So I will repeat that either a) there are very few, if any, gay players in these leagues, or b) their hesitance to come out, despite the support they would receive--in official circles and beyond--suggests that they simply do not feel any affinity with "the gay community" and its current prevailing culture, which would not be surprising, given that most masculine gay men feel a total disconnect with the culture of effeminacy that "gay" has come to be associated with.

    The obstacle to pro athletes coming out may prove to have little or nothing to do with the hostility they might experience from straights, but instead, with the disgust they feel with other gays.

    I don't know that to be the case for certain, but it is beginning to appear that way. After all, hardly any RETIRED players or coaches have ever come out, even though it would be much easier for them to do so.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 12, 2013 12:35:09 PM

  15. You Can Play has been around I think for less than three years officially. So everything you've just said is false, Rick.

    You're such a weirdo troll.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Apr 12, 2013 1:39:11 PM

  16. You Can Play was founded in March 2012, so I guess Rick is correct if several means "one" ...

    Posted by: ger | Apr 12, 2013 2:16:04 PM

  17. wouldn't it be amazing if we could have had hired security when we came out? my teenage @ss had to, you know, walk to school, walk around school, walk home from school, walk to work, walk home from work, all without hired security. and i was a teenager, barely reaching 5'7".

    and yet... i still did it. as millions of us did, and continue to do.

    i dunno. i guess that's what makes a real man, eh?

    @Francis, aint Rick a sad queen? wait, that's the wrong word. queens are glorious. she's still a Lady in Waiting.

    you gotta love when the effeminacy-haters blame "effeminate guys" for the way gays are seen, eh? if you're such a non-effeminate man, prove it. represent what you want people to see. but cha CAN'T, blanche! lol. and ya never will. long live the out and proud, whose strength and resilience keeps the cowardly trolls out of site, out of mind, yet firmly IN the closet. you're not missed.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 12, 2013 2:23:08 PM

  18. This is starting to get silly. Just come out already.

    Posted by: Randy | Apr 12, 2013 3:45:41 PM

  19. dear big tough strong buff self-styled masculine men: start doing what the effeminate twinks you loathe have been doing for years - living without fear.


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 12, 2013 3:52:24 PM

  20. dear big tough strong buff self-styled masculine men: start doing what the effeminate twinks you loathe have been doing for years - living without fear.


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 12, 2013 3:52:24 PM

  21. Rick your blather is so tired I'm surprised even you aren't sick of it. You really need help.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Apr 12, 2013 7:08:49 PM

  22. Rick--you ARE aware, aren't you, that the Stonewall Riot was started by Drag Queens--right? That it was men dressed as women who threw bricks at the cops and locked them in the bar and set fire to it--right?

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Apr 12, 2013 7:10:35 PM

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