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Two Members Of The 1993 Houston Oilers Were Gay, Say Former Teammates


NFL team the Houston Oilers, now known as the Tennesse Titans, had a notoriously tumultuous year in 1993, according to a recent NFL Network documentary. However, what may surprise some is what did not seem to contribute to the team's woes that year: the presence of two gay players in the locker-room whom most, if not all, of the team knew to be gay. The Houston Chronicle reports:

“Listen, those guys that we’re talking about were unbelievable teammates. And if you wanted to go to war with someone, you would get those guys first. Because I have never seen tougher guys than those guys,” said Pro Bowl linebacker Lamar Lathon, who starred at the University of Houston. “And everybody in the locker room, the consensus knew or had an idea that things were not exactly right. But guess what? When they strapped the pads on and got on the field, man, we were going to war with these guys because they were unbelievable.” [...]

[Players] insisted the ’93 Oilers were much more of an inclusive family than most have ever given them credit for.

“I really enjoyed playing on that team, to be honest with you,” five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Ray Childress said.

To prove how united they were in the face of constant adversity, players confirmed a rumor hinted at during the peak of a turmoil-filled era defined by The Choke and The Punch.

“Everybody knew certain guys (were gay). Everybody speculated and people used to see these two guys come in by themselves. They’d leave at lunchtime and then come back,” Bubba McDowell said.

McDowell echoed Lathon’s thoughts, saying the gay players were highly valued on the field and showering with them in the locker room was “no big deal.”

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  1. That was 20 years ago. Isn't it time to come OUT now? You will be criticized by some self righteous homos, who post here, who won't like your timing, but you can still help young gays by coming OUT now.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 26, 2013 8:24:31 PM

  2. Spending time in a locker room with a gay person is no different than spending time in a locker room with anyone else.

    Anyone who believes differently is spending too much time watching porn.

    Peter LaBarbera, Brian S. Brown and Brian Fischer, this is aimed at you.

    Posted by: bkmn | Dec 26, 2013 8:26:25 PM

  3. This is becoming a lame dog, rumours, speculation doesn't make the situation any easier. Yes, commenter it was a different age - why should they make it easy for you? Why should anybody gay have to still justify themselves to a generation 'accepted' as bisexual only because they can.

    Alan Turing just got a posthumous pardon for being gay. That was only a parent or grandparent in time

    Posted by: Gordon | Dec 26, 2013 8:44:53 PM

  4. “And everybody in the locker room, the consensus knew or had an idea that things were not exactly right."

    '“Everybody knew certain guys (were gay). Everybody speculated and people used to see these two guys come in by themselves. They’d leave at lunchtime and then come back,” Bubba McDowell said.'

    I'm sorry, but these quotes only show how "everybody knew" really just means "everybody speculated." Going from a couple guys keeping to themselves to those guys being gay is a huge leap. Maybe their speculating teammates were right, or maybe they were just making homophobic judgments about guys who didn't want to hang out with the rest of the team.

    Posted by: Profe Sancho Panza | Dec 26, 2013 8:49:47 PM

  5. There was this incident in Dec.1993 involving one player and his friend. Rumors were said way back then...

    Posted by: Bobby | Dec 26, 2013 9:11:48 PM

  6. Lots of online Houston Chronicle responses, mostly "meh..." "who cares" abd ny favorite theme, "could we please get more gay players then? Posdibly a gay coach if that'll get that seadon back."

    Posted by: Chevytexas | Dec 26, 2013 9:13:29 PM

  7. Who knows what their lives are like today. These were the players of another era. They could be dead for all we know.

    Posted by: Rafael | Dec 26, 2013 9:33:42 PM

  8. They weren't openly gay. They were closeted and did what they had to back in the dark ages.

    Posted by: amigao | Dec 26, 2013 9:39:05 PM

  9. @Andrew

    Exactly. It was 20 years ago but today, man, if I were them I would totally come out right now. It's about helping the youth see that they have role models. That they can be anything. I'm almost 30. If I had guys like this come out when I was in my teens, wow, the difference. I always hated the drag queen, elton john idea of what it meant to be a gay male as out. I respect them, I do, but I'm masculine. I wanted to see 'guy' guys be gay and out. We need that !

    Posted by: amigao | Dec 26, 2013 9:42:14 PM

  10. @Andrew.

    I wish more masculine guys would come out. I respect the drag queens and the elton johns, I do, but as a very masculine gay male - I love to see people like me represented as a part of the human fabric. Being a gay male has nothing to do, for me, with wearing heals and makeup. Or being musical.

    Posted by: amigao | Dec 26, 2013 9:44:23 PM

  11. Be a man and embrace masculine values and straight men will accept you.

    Fail to do so and they won't, nor should they.

    That is the moral of this story....and many others like it.

    If all gay men would be men and embrace masculine values, I assure you that ALL of our problems would melt away more or less instantaneouly.

    On some level, it really is that simple.

    Posted by: Rick | Dec 26, 2013 9:47:34 PM

  12. "I wish more masculine guys would come out"

    If they did, they would only be attacked by the "Gay Establishment", who push the agenda of "gender-non-conformity" and promote the culture of effeminacy.....and who are therefore deeply threatened by the idea of masculinity becoming the norm for gay men as it is for straight men.

    The only way it makes sense for masculine gay men to come out is as a group, with the purpose of making a statement, that statement being that they reject the prevailing gay culture and its underlying ideology and that they represent a different ideology and culture, one for the 21st century and beyond......that stresses the unity of men regardless of sexual orientation......

    Posted by: Rick | Dec 26, 2013 9:56:11 PM

  13. They weren't openly gay because of this attitude (then & now) - '...everyone ... had an idea things were not quite right.' Not quite right ...

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Dec 26, 2013 10:00:07 PM

  14. There were always rumors about Mike Lucci in the early 1970's when he played for the Detroit Lions.... might have been wish fulfillment on the part of some, but the rumors of a an overheard CB radio conversation were always around...

    Posted by: Elsewhere1010 | Dec 26, 2013 10:12:39 PM

  15. This is still a rumor- are the "gay" players going to come out now?!

    Posted by: jarago | Dec 26, 2013 10:15:48 PM

  16. i was intrigued by the ALM LYNCH story, did i did some background checking. all the articles i could find to varying degrees read as coded gay. inseparable, the families and girlfriends described in roundabout ways a devoted couple. one newspaper article without being snarky described them as soulmates in life and death. i'd say it is fair to draw the conclusion that they were lovers whether or not they physically acted on their love.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Dec 26, 2013 10:16:38 PM

  17. How wonderful. Gay men are now able to join a homophobic organization and get brain injury. Cheers!

    Posted by: Pancho Lopez | Dec 26, 2013 10:18:34 PM

  18. @Pancho

    Did you say that about DADT being repealed?

    Stop being so anti-masculine you F@g

    Posted by: amigao | Dec 26, 2013 10:41:21 PM

  19. There are all types of straight men and there are all types of gay and bisexual men. I think relatively few straight men are put off by other straight men who have different personalities and traits than they do. Let's all try and accept everyone.

    Posted by: throwslikeagirl | Dec 27, 2013 12:34:15 AM

  20. Back then I remember things being so different than now.

    Marriage was unimaginable, for instance.

    And nobody really cared about the military.

    Totally different era. There was a passivity about things. People SHOULD have been more pissed off, but they weren't. Most of us were just trying to survive.

    Posted by: I Remember | Dec 27, 2013 1:08:19 AM

  21. Perhaps we should try to be little bit more understanding to them.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Dec 27, 2013 3:40:36 AM

  22. Wow.. the Alm/Lynch tragedy seems like it might be these two players. One dies tragically in an accident and the other kills themselves because of it. Sounds like profound love between two people.
    Thanks for the link. It would be incredible to hear the full story of these two men

    Posted by: 604brian | Dec 27, 2013 4:02:40 AM

  23. Snoozeworthy when you think about it, 'cuz NFL teams have something like 50 players on them, so there could be at least two closeted gay guys on every team at any given time.

    Posted by: Fox | Dec 27, 2013 4:09:02 AM

  24. What a conversation starter...

    Posted by: Kissyfur | Dec 27, 2013 4:47:55 AM

  25. @AMIGAO: Why was it necessary to call Pancho a F#G just because he posted an opinion you don't agree with. There are already enough people on this site who post nasty thing about people they disagree with.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 27, 2013 5:14:42 AM

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