The time has come!
In light of a handful of football players coming forward to support gay marriage, the Supreme Court’s hearing of Proposition 8 and DOMA today, and an overall change in our culture, the final frontier of gay intolerance will be conquered.
Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com reports that “a current gay player is strongly considering coming out publicly within the next few months — and after doing so, the player would attempt to continue his career.”
It might seem like an easy feat considering how far we’ve come, but in football, this may be the difference between staying on the field or losing your career.
The player fears the reaction not from within the locker room, but from homophobic fans. And that’s a legitimate concern; the combination of paying for a ticket and supporting a team and consuming a little alcohol (or a lot) turns normal people into loud, classless, profane jerks who will do and say anything to get under the skin of the members of the visiting team. And sometimes the members of the home team.
But even though most football players don’t want to create a distraction, said player is willing to risk it all.
The player would “attempt to continue his career” after coming out, Freeman writes. This suggests that the player may not currently have a team, or that the player believes he may not make it onto the final 53-man roster of the team for which he currently plays.
Brave isn’t even the word! Being proud of who you are and coming forward, now that’s a man!