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Arizona State Football Player Edward 'Chip' Sarafin Comes Out As Gay


Arizona State Linebacker Edward “Chip” Sarafin has come out as gay, becoming the first college football player to publicly come out while he is still an active player. The 6’6", 320-pound redshirt senior shared his revelation in an interview with Compete magazine, a periodical that focuses on gay sports. Sarafin talked about seeing bullying when he was in high school and his recent experience coming out to his teammates:

"I went to school at Highland High, and it is definitely not the most diverse school. It’s probably 80 percent Mormon and 80 percent Caucasian. So there is definitely a disparity there in the types of people that you meet. I know a lot of times a lot of people who were bullied because they were different were actually bullied by athletes, and that made me really angry ... the athletes are supposed to be the role models, the heroes of the community ...,” Sarafin waxes.

Of his own coming out, Sarafin began telling his team-mates last spring. “It was really personal to me, and it benefited my peace of mind greatly.”

Sarafin says that he told his teammates mostly for himself and because he wanted them to hear it straight from him instead of the college rumor mill that all players find themselves subjected to at some point.

Meanwhile, OutSports reports that Arizona State coach Todd Graham issued a statement in support of Sarafin:

"We are a brotherhood that is not defined by cultural and personal differences, but rather an individual's commitment to the Sun Devil Way. Chip is a fifth-year senior and a Scholar Baller, a graduate and a master's student. His commitment to service is unmatched and it is clear he is on his way to leading a successful life after his playing career, a goal that I have for every student-athlete. Diversity and acceptance are two of the pillars of our program, and he has full support from his teammates and the coaching staff.”

Michael Sam also sent Sarafin some love, offering him words of encouragement and support on Twitter:

(photo via Compete)

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  1. Congratulations Chip!

    Posted by: Gigi | Aug 14, 2014 8:08:12 AM

  2. Felicidades, Chip and Coach Graham. If Chip wants to play in the NFL, the teams sure can't use his "small size" as an excuse to not pick him, like they did with Michael Sam.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Aug 14, 2014 9:00:37 AM

  3. A guy announces that he likes to suck cock and he gets national recognition and congratulations.

    "Congratulations, Chip, for liking cock!"

    1.6% of the population identifies as homosexual and yet there's a daily article about them.

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 14, 2014 9:47:26 AM

  4. @Mike: You may be seeing so many articles about homosexuality because you're visiting homosexual websites.

    Posted by: crispy | Aug 14, 2014 10:12:04 AM

  5. Mike are you serious? In a gay site. F*CK OFF.

    Posted by: Rowan | Aug 14, 2014 10:39:56 AM

  6. He's never actually played in a football game at the school - that is strange.

    Posted by: Raul8 | Aug 14, 2014 10:46:47 AM

  7. Hodor!

    Posted by: anon | Aug 14, 2014 11:05:21 AM

  8. Mike, I'm curious to see your browser history. Why were you looking for a gay news site? Did you get lost on your journey to find some man-on-man porn?

    Posted by: Tyler | Aug 14, 2014 11:48:27 AM

  9. He's been out since fall semester when he joined the gay fraternity delta lambda phi on ASU main campus.

    Posted by: daenio | Aug 14, 2014 12:12:43 PM

  10. That's about the best news I've seen out of AZ in awhile. That and the fact it rained for about 12 hours yesterday! :-)

    Posted by: Keith | Aug 14, 2014 12:16:40 PM

  11. I would LOVE to see someone give this guy a hard time about this. I don't think they would last very long and they probably wouldn't look very pretty afterwards either.

    But Chip seems like a great guy, he'd probably just charm them to death. Go Chip!

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Aug 14, 2014 1:40:52 PM

  12. If this keeps up -- all these athletes and muscle studs coming out as gay -- the whole effeminate ineffectual image of gay men is at risk.

    Thank god for the ice skaters. Now it's the hockey players too.

    Posted by: james street james | Aug 14, 2014 2:42:55 PM

  13. Awesome! Good luck Chip!

    Posted by: Brian W. | Aug 14, 2014 3:47:12 PM

  14. Good for him!

    Posted by: reality | Aug 14, 2014 4:21:15 PM

  15. "Biomedical engineer and ASU scout team player Edward 'Chip' Sarafin comes out as gay"

    Let's work on that a bit. He's a walk-on who has never actually played a game that counted, and the only reason he still has any eligibility (the NCAA sees him as a fifth-year senior) is that he's started a graduate degree program in biomedical engineering.

    No way does somebody in that field have time to do that AND be even a high placement on a depth chart, but I do give him props for his specific field of research: football-related concussions.

    Posted by: Jerry | Aug 14, 2014 4:22:26 PM

  16. He's fat.

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 14, 2014 8:33:24 PM

  17. hey Mike do have the balls to tell him to his face he's fat doubt it . troll.

    Posted by: walter | Aug 14, 2014 10:01:05 PM

  18. Good for Chip!

    Posted by: jarago | Aug 14, 2014 10:51:57 PM

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