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NFL Player-Turned-Exec Troy Vincent: I Knew 6 Players Who Were Openly Gay in the Locker Room

VincentTroy Vincent, NFL executive vice president of football operations, spoke about gays in the NFL with reporters including Palm Beach Post's Hal Habib this week:

"He said that he had openly gay teammates with the Dolphins — he played cornerback for Miami in 1992-95 — but that their sexual orientation was never an issue...

“I’m not going to share their names, but in my 15 years, there were six individuals who were at least openly gay in the locker room,” Vincent said. “No problem. From my days in Miami until I ended in Washington, they were just my teammates. Just like my family members. … We ate together, we flew together, they’re roommates in hotel rooms. It was what it was.”

Vincent has been active in the High Five Initiative, a program launched by the You Can Play Project last year that involves NFL players interactive one-on-one with LGBT youth.

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  1. This is ridiculous. Everybody knew all these people, and yet everybody is just shocked that people want to join the teams? Come on.

    Posted by: Tigernan | Mar 27, 2014 11:44:46 AM

  2. Trust me children, in 1992 many professionals (including ball players) could be out to a circle of friends, family members and selected colleagues, but still in the closet for all intents and purposes, in their public lives. This was very common then, so it's not surprising that he knew teammates who were gay and it's not surprising that they were still essentially closeted.

    Posted by: Joe in Ct | Mar 27, 2014 12:23:43 PM

  3. Mr. Vincent is just stating the obvious but I thank him for saying it. Of course there have been gay men in the NFL since day one. Some of these gay men will have shared their life stories with their teammates; some would have stayed deep in the closet. It just makes statements from players (I don't want to shower with a gay man, etc) more laughable.

    Posted by: MikeBoston | Mar 27, 2014 12:23:57 PM

  4. @Tigernan: dude, you're really vague with your collective nouns. Could you clear that up? I think you're talking about two different "everybodies" that aren't the same people at all.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Mar 27, 2014 1:02:46 PM

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