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Up to 4 Gay NFL Players 'In Talks' to Come Out at Once: Ayanbadejo

Brendon Ayanbadejo spoke with the Baltimore Sun after he was cut by the Ravens yesterday, and dropped this nugget:

AyanbadejoAyanbadejo, who was given recognition along with Kluwe from former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue at the event Thursday night, predicted that more than one player may come out as gay during their playing career. Ayanbadejo said the groundwork is being laid to reduce the pressure on such a player, and said as many as four players could conceivably come out simultaneously.

"I think it will happen sooner than you think," Ayanbadejo said. "We're in talks with a handful of players who are considering it. There are up to four players being talked to right now and they're trying to be organized so they can come out on the same day together. It would make a major splash and take the pressure off one guy. It would be a monumental day if a handful or a few guys come out.

"Of course, there would be backlash. If they could share the backlash, it would be more positive. It's cool. It's exciting. We're in talks with a few guys who are considering it. The NFL and organizations are already being proactive and open if a player does it and if something negative happens. We'll see what happens."

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  1. Well, I think it would be critical that at least one of the players coming out be a "household name" and in a highly visible position, such as quarterback or wide receiver or middle linebacker. If all the players that come out are either obscure and/or in less visible positions (e.g. offensive linemen), then the impact will be much less.

    And hopefully, none of them will be placekickers or punters--that could only serve to reinforce stereotypes rather than bust them, since those are the only two positions on the field where the player is protected from violent contact by the rules.

    Of course, Tim Tebow would set the country on fire if he were to come out.....but, although none of the players that come out would have to be THAT prominent and impactful, they still need to be reasonably well-known for this to make any real difference.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 5, 2013 10:01:21 AM


  2. As my straight buddies who come over to watch football on my big screen would say, "Holy F*cking Sh!t!"

    Posted by: Gus | Apr 5, 2013 10:01:22 AM


  3. It's going to be one heck of a day when this happens. It will probably have a snowball effect on other professional sports as well. It will make a huge difference in wiping out stereotypes.

    Posted by: Jeff | Apr 5, 2013 10:10:10 AM


  4. Wow, this is awesome. It's obvious things are starting to hit a head and there's a chance we could see out player(s) by the start of the new NFL season. I think if players come out in one league you'll see several more come out elsewhere. Seems like it's all preliminary but it's exciting to think about.

    Now that these rumors are out there, it's time for the NFL and really it's time for all sports leagues and teams to start really focusing on making sure that they're prepared for this. After the Chris Clemons incident and Seattle Seahawks' behavior in the aftermath, and considering what happened with the Te'o draft situation, I'm concerned NFL teams don't want or aren't doing enough to lay the groundwork for a gay player. We'll see what happens but it's definitely intriguing.

    Posted by: Francis | Apr 5, 2013 10:12:46 AM


  5. @Rick - you say it won't make a big differnce if the players coming out are not prominent, but I say it would make a very big difference - to them.

    Posted by: Jack M | Apr 5, 2013 10:14:20 AM


  6. and yet he was dropped by the Colts today.

    Posted by: David | Apr 5, 2013 10:16:30 AM


  7. "It's going to be one heck of a day when this happens. It will probably have a snowball effect on other professional sports as well. It will make a huge difference in wiping out stereotypes."

    And perhaps even more importantly, would provide the kind of masculine role models for young gay men and teens that have been so sorely lacking for so long, which is why so many of them have fallen prey to the culture of effeminacy.

    Once they and everybody else sees that homosexuality and masculinity are not only compatible, but are natural extensions of each other, then not only will young gay men begin to embrace masculinity, but other men will begin to feel more comfortable with emotional intimacy and sexual expression with other men, ultimately freeing them from their dependence on women.

    Liberating and empowering men, across the spectrum.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 5, 2013 10:18:39 AM


  8. "Once they and everybody else sees that homosexuality and masculinity are not only compatible, but are natural extensions of each other, then not only will young gay men begin to embrace masculinity, but other men will begin to feel more comfortable with emotional intimacy and sexual expression with other men, ultimately freeing them from their dependence on women."

    Of course, Rick. Hopefully, one of the football players will have a Transwoman as a partner in life. That would be divine.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Apr 5, 2013 10:26:49 AM


  9. Hopefully it'll happen. What a day it will be. I wonder if Faux News will cover it at all.
    I like Brendon very much, thank you for your efforts.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Apr 5, 2013 10:29:22 AM


  10. Everyone's "masculine role model" should be Ezra Miller

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Apr 5, 2013 10:39:34 AM


  11. Rick's "masculine role model" is clearly Dana Owens.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Apr 5, 2013 10:40:15 AM


  12. please GLAAD, HRC, Andrew Christian, someone give this dude a job. Dean

    Posted by: Cd In DC | Apr 5, 2013 10:41:31 AM


  13. I imagine pRick as that Jackie Earle Haley character in 'Little Children' holding his tiny penis in what hand and a dull-bladed pocket knife in the other, thinking to himself, "Is tonight the night I do it?"

    Posted by: Dull Blade | Apr 5, 2013 10:47:15 AM


  14. This is in the words of VP Biden, "A big F'n Deal" It will be great for the league and for our country. It's time to end stereotypes across the board. I'm proud of Ayanbade and the guys who are considering coming out.

    Posted by: Diego | Apr 5, 2013 10:48:22 AM


  15. I think that the significance of active NFL players coming out cannot be underestimated for its impact. I don't care WHAT the position is AND I think it could BE more impacting if it's a wide receiver or a key position to the team, not the public! It's about seeing ourselves in real places in the real world. I hope that there is one person who would take the spotlight because that one person would also take all of the impact. #TEAMFREEDOM!

    Posted by: Rev. Kevin E. Taylor | Apr 5, 2013 10:49:06 AM


  16. Maybe guys. Just maybe.

    Posted by: Kissyfur | Apr 5, 2013 11:01:05 AM


  17. Great to hear from you, RevKev.

    So many of us would love to see this happen. It would break down stereotypes, BUT more importantly, it would show the diversity of the Gay world.

    And, Rick, that showing diversity is what's important--not some crazy crusade to declare war on an entire segment of Gay folks.

    (I shouldn't mess with you today, Rick. I'm in a good mood and I don't want it f.cked with)

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Apr 5, 2013 11:04:46 AM


  18. Masc? Fem? How many "straight" men do you know who color their hair/beard/other body fur? We're all ball-carriers and know the rush/flush of testosterone, and we're vain, stupid, self-centered creatures. And that's OK. Because so are women! Enough said.

    Posted by: Onnyjay | Apr 5, 2013 11:05:42 AM


  19. Unless the NFL player that comes out is some cute white guy it want have much impact.

    Posted by: James | Apr 5, 2013 11:14:54 AM


  20. The fact that Brendon put it out there, IMO, makes it obvious it's going to happen soon, too. Either Brendon is testing the waters to gauge reaction or he knows that somethings culminating and about to happen. It's really almost nervewracking but so exciting! Would be one of the best days in US LGBT history and such a huge day globally. Would change so much.

    Posted by: Francis | Apr 5, 2013 11:19:49 AM


  21. As it is, football is an incredibly violent "sport". What lies in wait for these players if they do come out?
    Remember this?
    https://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/jets-suspend-sal-alosi-indefinitely-strength-coach-instructed-players-form-wall-sideline-article-1.472492

    Posted by: chaszle | Apr 5, 2013 11:26:40 AM


  22. And here we think Oscar was the superbowl of gay.

    Posted by: bambinoitalianoba | Apr 5, 2013 11:30:43 AM


  23. "Unless the NFL player that comes out is some cute white guy it want have much impact"

    I don't think most "straight" men would be impressed by "cuteness." (LOL) They would be impressed by toughness, though.

    As for the racial angle, it is a secondary consideration to how high-profile the player/s are. If a group of 4 came out together, it would be preferable to have some racial diversity in the group. But a high-profile superstar black player like Adrian Peterson or Patrick Willis (not by any means suggesting that either of those is gay) would be more impactful to a so-so/mediocre white player like Carson Palmermber of running backs I could name.

    I do think that, ironically, a prominent black player who came out would be less likely to face harassment and hostility from white fans and members of the media, simply because of the racial sensitivities that would be involved.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 5, 2013 11:37:39 AM


  24. Sorry, but part of my last comment got cut off for some reason.

    It should have read:

    "Unless the NFL player that comes out is some cute white guy it want have much impact"

    I don't think most "straight" men would be impressed by "cuteness." (LOL) They would be impressed by toughness, though.

    As for the racial angle, it is a secondary consideration to how high-profile the player/s are. If a group of 4 came out together, it would be preferable to have some racial diversity in the group. But a high-profile superstar black player like Adrian Peterson or Patrick Willis (not by any means suggesting that either of those is gay) would be more impactful to a so-so/mediocre white player like Carson Palmer. Likewise, a white superstar player like Brian Urlacher or Tom Brady would be more impactful than a so-so/mediocre black player like any number of running backs I could name.

    I do think that, ironically, a prominent black player who came out would be less likely to face harassment and hostility from white fans and members of the media, simply because of the racial sensitivities that would be involved.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 5, 2013 11:42:03 AM


  25. I can't help but think those wins at the polls last November are the catalyst for all these things happening. How exciting!

    Posted by: David | Apr 5, 2013 11:43:07 AM


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