Is the NFL Ready to Welcome Gay Players?

Is the NFL and it’s players actually discussing the issue of homosexuality and the likelihood of gay players?

According to a recent article of The Advocate magazine several current and retired players say that they are ready to welcome an openly gay player on their team. From rookie players Trent Richardson and Colby Fleener agreed that it was time to catch up with the times and be open and supportive of gay players.

Richardson is quoted as saying “I never pay attention to it” last week to “They do what they do. I don’t have a problem with them”. Retired player Jevon Kearse agreed. “In the game of football, it’s like a war out there,” he said. “Once you get out on the field, all that stuff is to the side. You’re on my side. I played in the NFL for 11 years, I’m sure there were at least one or two guys along the line that were gay.”

Not all agreed that coming out would be easy or beneficial like Green Bay Packer Ahman Green saying “It would be difficult to come out” but shared that he has a gay brother and sister. Either way even the idea that it is now being discussed and no longer as taboo as it once was seems like a step in the right direction.


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