NFL Players Ready to Welcome Gay Teammates

What comes to mind when you think of American pro football? Probably not “gay-friendly.” But the homophobic attitudes so prevalent in the NFL and its hyper-masculine fan culture might be evolving. At the NFLPA Rookie Premiere event in Los Angeles last week, several current and former NFL stars said they’d be happy to welcome a gay teammate.

“As long as they competed on the field and gave it their all in practice, thatís all I care about,” Indianapolis Colts rookie Coby Fleener told Outsports. “Iím very comfortable with it.”

Trent Richardson, who plays for the Cleveland Browns, echoed Fleener’s sentiment. “As long as theyíre playing good football and contributing to the team, I donít have nothing to do with that … It is what it is. I donít have any problem with any sexuality or whatever theyíve got going on.”

“You canít discriminate,” said Buffalo Bills wide receiver T.J. Graham. “Itís just like black, white, same thing. You wouldnít discriminate against my race, just like I wouldnít discriminate against your sexuality.”

A few retired players also weighed in on the subject and expressed their support for LGBT athletes.

“I played in the NFL for 11 years,” said Jevon Kearse. “Iím sure there were at least one or two guys along the line that were gay.Ē

Most LGBT players are afraid to come out because of the “the scrutiny he might face from the locker room,” said former Green Bay Packer Ahman Green, who has a gay brother and a lesbian sister. “In our sport, to be honest, I think it would be hard for any guy to come out while he’s playing. The gay community is just like everybody else, but they’re treated differently. It’s a double standard.”

Added Green, “People are born that way. You can’t control it … But a lot of people donít think my way. I wish they did, because then there wouldnít be guys who wanted to stay hidden.”


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Kayleigh Harter
Kayleigh H4 years ago

This is encouraging news. Let's hope other players follow suit.

Louis Olivencia
Lou Olive4 years ago

You can’t discriminate is RIGHT!
And anyway aren't they all working for the same reason to win the ball>game?

That locker room thing is just a big fantasty straight people have against gays:-) Straight guys think gay men just live for looking at them? couldn't be more wrong:-)
That's there hang up not ours!

Robynne W.
Robynne W4 years ago

@.. no photo.
I'm not surprised you have no name and no photo. Most people like to hide behind their monitor to spew their hatred. I see you fit the profile.

Natasha Salgado
Past Member 4 years ago

It would be great if this happened...until then i'll keep my fingers crossed!!!

Omer Kurkcu
Yumer O5 years ago


Beth M.
Beth M5 years ago

I hope that they mean what they say. As long as you do your job and treat your teammates with respect, why should it matter?

Duane B.
.5 years ago

Even the NFL is going to get rid of "don't ask, don't tell"?

Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence5 years ago

Oh decent of them ...

Alan Lambert
Alan L5 years ago

Locker room becomes a gay-friendly environment? I'll believe it IF I see it, and not a second before.

Milos L.
Milos Leubner5 years ago

...and at Stanford lab they grew a human ear on a back of a rat.It was just OK,the ear that is. In San Francisco there was a talk about implenting a fertilized embryo in a male's belly linning,why not? We can all be non-sexual ,just like bees,the queen pops the eggs and everyone else works.They are happy,I hear , in any case they don't know any better. Just like the halucinators in these bloggs.Oh yeah ,and the males are dead,I forgat. just like the American males today. I won't miss the spectator sports at all,they became counter productive.