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Grayson

Kevin Grayson is "one of the most decorated football players Central Virginia has ever seen" and he's coming out of the closet, WTVR reports:

Grayson was named all district and all-region while playing both offense and defense at L.C. Bird High School in Chesterfield. In college he helped the University of Richmond Spiders win the Football Championship Subdivision national title in 2008, and while playing professionally  in Italy last year he was named MVP of his league’s super bowl.

But his sexuality remained hidden from many of his coaches and all but a handful of trusted teammates, largely because of the culture that exists in America’s favorite sport.

Grayson has “no doubt” there are gay players in the NFL currently, and admits to knowing some active players himself. But, he explained that “it’s one of those things where you meet someone and you find out about something it’s a ‘you take it to the grave’ type thing.”

Watch Grayson's interview with WTVR, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. You'll never see a story like this on Logo, the so-called "gay channel". Logo only promotes stereotypes.

    Posted by: trevor | May 8, 2013 9:28:55 PM


  2. OMG am I the only one that thinks this whole thing on sport players coming out is blown way out of proportion. like wtf WHO CARES!?!?!

    Posted by: James | May 8, 2013 9:29:15 PM


  3. This is amazing! Thank you for coming out, Kevin. You coming out has just broken down--no--SMASHED down a ton of barriers...I can actually hear the barriers crumbling now

    Posted by: MuscleModelBlog.com | May 8, 2013 9:35:42 PM


  4. Um...obviously a lot of people care if this is making the news.

    Posted by: J.J. in the Navy | May 8, 2013 9:35:51 PM


  5. A lot of people care, James. Considering sports is a major component of our culture and especially with, obviously, straight men, and the relationship between gay/bi men and straight men is still quite regularly........strained. And much of that is due to stereotypes of what being gay, and in turn, being a man, means.

    It's important that we break that stereotype if we are to attain full social equality. Of course, none of this means being fem is bad; it's not. But straight guys tend to think gay men are lesser men than they are because we like guys. Seeing men like Kevin Grayson so successful at his sport can change that mentality. He even says himself how he dealt with constant questions about how he could be gay when he was so successful. It's a big deal.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | May 8, 2013 9:39:29 PM


  6. I don't think Kevin coming out, Jason Collins, etc. will break barriers because the reason why they were in the closet while playing is because of the same reasons the guys in the closet now, are still in the closet. These guys don't come out until they're out of the spotlight or their careers are at their end, or in Jason Collins' case, potentially at their end.

    What they will do, however, is give gay/bi players someone to confide in, look up to, talk to about issues and help them not feel isolated and alone.

    Barriers will be broken when guys feel they can be out in these hands-on physical sports like football, basketball, wrestling and others, and be out from the start of their careers or in college, and have no issue. Clearly we're not there yet since it's never actually happened in recent times, which is why these stories are important to try to educate minds which will lead to culture change.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | May 8, 2013 9:46:36 PM


  7. James, did you ever consider these stories as being a way to grease the skids for a "really big name" sports figure to come out? Just a thought.

    Posted by: ***** | May 8, 2013 9:46:37 PM


  8. Of course ppl care about news like this.. The fact that SOMEONES SEXUALITY STILL HAS TO BE ADDRESSED means we still have a looong way to go. Im happy for this kid.. hope he has a smooth transition on the field. Im sure there are scores of closeted kids playing ball who will appreciate this dude and look to him as a role model.

    Posted by: greg | May 8, 2013 9:54:55 PM


  9. Change the title to 'Professional Italian League Super Bowl MVP Comes Out'.

    Posted by: JONES | May 8, 2013 9:56:47 PM


  10. Next step: world domination.

    Posted by: Adam | May 8, 2013 9:59:32 PM


  11. Well congrats to him. Also I'd like to point out that his coming out is a sign that there's a brighter future for kids and adults who have lived in fear their entire lives so this is great news, to all you pessimists. Oh and he's cute as hell!

    @ "Theorist", huh? Please elaborate.

    Posted by: SHABAKA | May 8, 2013 10:08:39 PM


  12. Congrats!

    Posted by: AladinSane | May 8, 2013 10:24:00 PM


  13. Coming out is a personal choice. But you got to wonder how gays in the NFL feel when a prospect NFL college level player puts everything on the line.

    Posted by: Jay | May 8, 2013 11:24:19 PM


  14. Adam:: World domination might do a number on the world population. I'm glad Kevin came out. He's seems less "Hollywood" than Jason Collins. I wouldn't say "cute as hell" but that's usually in direct proportion to the age of the person who said it.

    Posted by: GB | May 8, 2013 11:59:16 PM


  15. I live here in Richmond and to see WTVR do this story is awesome. And for Kevin to come out here, is even better... to see this local story get some national attention on this site is amazing. Thank you! And, it was actually one of the better athlete coming out spots I have seen and Kevin seems like he is very comfortable with himself and I hope he does inspire other local Richmond youths to aspire to what they want sports or not... thanks for posting!!!

    Posted by: Kelly Stern | May 9, 2013 12:27:56 AM


  16. For someone named Theorist you seem to have a very tenuous grasp on statistical significance.

    Posted by: melvin | May 9, 2013 1:27:38 AM


  17. Wonderful! I wish this man all the best.
    The world has changed.

    Posted by: Matt26 | May 9, 2013 2:59:57 AM


  18. Congratulations --- while the drag queens started the revolution, and those who could not hide were out first in many case -- it is very important for stereotypes to be crushed and those who can hide to not hide.

    Posted by: rjp3 | May 9, 2013 4:17:18 AM


  19. I watched "How to Survive a Plague" last night. I came out and 'came of age' at exactly that time. I had forgotten, up to that point, how quiet we were. Being gay was still whispered. It was shocking that someone would be interviewed on national TV and have the audacity to not only admit they were gay, but they had the nerve to exercise their rights as an American and demand action from the government. Fast forward 30 years later, and it feels like that time could have never existed given the strides made and mainstream feeling we, as gay Americans, have come to know. I welcome these announcements as they are still pieces of the same puzzle that give Americans a complete view of who we are, where we are, and that we are, in fact, everywhere. There is not a corner of America in which we do not exist and, more importantly, thrive. That documentary reminded me how important USING our voice was and still is. Bravo Kevin and to all those who still want and need to have their voice heard for the benefit of us all.

    Posted by: Steve | May 9, 2013 4:55:42 AM


  20. Come out, come out, wherever you are!

    Wherever, Whomever. Congrats and best of luck to Grayson!

    Posted by: RexT | May 9, 2013 5:20:57 AM


  21. Come out, come out, wherever you are!

    Wherever, Whomever. Congrats and best of luck to Grayson!

    Posted by: RexT | May 9, 2013 5:21:00 AM


  22. This means a lot. Some lonely closeted teenager is going to see this and feel a little better about themselves. Some people wonder why this is important, and argue that it is a private matter. It is, because it is still a big deal when someone comes out as gay, coming out can get you ostrasized, kicked out of the house, or worse. Therefore it is important with visibility, to show that being born gay isn't the end of the world, and that LGBT-people aren't abominations, and that we are as diverse as anybody else. Straight people shove their sexuality in others face all the time, but as soon as someone hold hands with their same sex partner, they get accused of cramming their "lifestyle" down others throats, and risk violence. This is an outrage and has to stop. It's the same thing african-americans used to face.

    Posted by: Aileron | May 9, 2013 5:48:35 AM


  23. This means a lot. Some lonely closeted teenager is going to see this and feel a little better about themselves. Some people wonder why this is important, and argue that it is a private matter. It is, because it is still a big deal when someone comes out as gay, coming out can get you ostrasized, kicked out of the house, or worse. Therefore it is important with visibility, to show that being born gay isn't the end of the world, and that LGBT-people aren't abominations, and that we are as diverse as anybody else. Straight people shove their sexuality in others face all the time, but as soon as someone hold hands with their same sex partner, they get accused of cramming their "lifestyle" down others throats, and risk violence. This is an outrage and has to stop. It's the same thing african-americans used to face.

    Posted by: Aileron | May 9, 2013 5:48:38 AM


  24. This is great news, more great news that is. Sports matter a whole lot to the regular Joe stuck in his job, mortgage, marriage and with kids that aren't behaving as he thinks they should. He doesn't know what to make of all the gays everywhere these days. He's never had a gay impulse in his whole life and can't imagine why anybody would. He sinks back into his chair. He's confused. He turns on the television. Finally he dies.

    Posted by: UFFDA | May 9, 2013 6:42:45 AM


  25. Very handsome dude.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 9, 2013 6:53:21 AM


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