Chris Kluwe, who we've talked about around these parts before, seemingly is constantly defending his stance in favor of gay rights. He supports it, because he KNOWS there are gay players out there, and that they would benefit from a better environment!
He was even on the Colbert Report, when this happened:
SC: “Football players are a thousand miles from gay.”
Kluwe responed: “Um, you’d be surprised.”
Former Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks player Wade Davis knows all about this, too. He's retired, but came out as gay last year. He even says that the NFL and NBA are already more tolerant of gay players than people would think!
Here's his interview with The Daily Beast:
TDB: So the guys in the NFL who are gay have protection?
DAVIS: Yes. Openly gay is a bit strong cuz when we think of openly gay we think of walking down the street with your boyfriend but there are players who know that this player may have a boyfriend or may not date women and that’s just it. It’s not talked about. He’s there to do a job, I’m here to do a job, it’s not talked about, he’s my brother, he doesn’t treat me any different than anyone else does.
TDB: Can you give an approximate number of how many gay men there are in the NFL?
DAVIS: I only know of three.
TDB: You know of three guys in the NFL?
DAVIS: Not only in the NFL. There’s some in the NFL and some in the NBA.
TDB: Known names?
DAVIS: I wouldn’t say they’re known names but one’s a starter.
If they're treated pretty much like everyone else, why can't the be open with the public and the rest of the leagues? We mean, it's totally up to them — and we get the whole 'there to do a job' thing — but we feel like it could be a huge help to the community and an inspiration to all the gay youth out there to know they can make it based on talent, regardless of sexual orientation!
Though, we understand that some people are private, and we understand that not everyone wants to be an idol or inspiration. To have that kind of pressure.
Still, we do think there's something liberating about being able to be who you are, all the time!
[Image via AP Images.]