There’s a great push-pull when it comes to the NFL supporting a player who might eventually come out as gay. This article outlines that:
1. Nobody really has any idea how many closeted gay players might be playing right now.
2. Officials know some of those players though, and are doing their best to keep their “secret” confidential.
3. The league is not opposed to gay players.
4. BUT some specific franchises are.
5. Numerous players/franchises are afraid to even speak about the matter.
I can see both sides. But I think one side is much classier than the other.
I get that a team (especially one located in a conservative part of the country) might not want the attention associated with having the first gay player. I also get that the guys might not want to talk about it. I bet many of them have guesses as to who their gay teammates are. And I get that gay players might not want to come out, many point to the recent outed NBA player Jason Collins and his unemployment after his announcement.
BUT. How about we stand up against the homophobia? How about a team in a liberal area (i.e. Boston, Chicago, San Francisco) sign on a gay player and use the positive press to their advantage? How about we get this to a point where nobody cares about sexuality?