Reports suggest that first openly gay NFL player will come out in next few months.
There have been reports that a current NFL player will come out during this NFL off-season, as the league aims to move on after the homophobic quotes made by San Francisco 49ers corner back Chris Culliver in February.
Reports that a current NFL player is considering coming out as gay are a clear indication that players feel now may be more comfortable environment in which to openly discuss their sexuality, and not be afraid of the ramifications it may cause, both inside and outside the locker room.
Despite the idiotic quotes made by Chris Culliver during Super Bowl week, other players seem ready to accept an openly gay footballer in the NFL.
Free agent linebacker Scott Fujita is one of those players. He thinks that the NFL has been ready for years for an openly gay star, and would have no problem sharing a locker room with a gay team mate.
“I honestly think the players of the NFL have been ready for an openly gay player for quite some time now,” Fujita told CBS Sports.
“Trust me, the coming out of a player would create much bigger waves outside the locker room than inside. The way I’ve seen the conversation around LGBT issues evolve, especially in the past few years, has been encouraging. Guys are more accepting than they used to be.
“Even those who raise personal objections to homosexuality, some of whom are good friends of mine, would still be able to coexist and accept a gay teammate.”
Fujita’s view is becoming more popular throughout the NFL, as the league seem to be becoming more modern in it’s acceptance of diversity within the locker room.
The league will undoubtedly do everything they can to support the player’s decision when the announcement is made, and will become a role model for any homosexual men who may shy away from the sport due to their sexuality.