Ex-San Francisco 49ers player, Kwame Harris had an interview with CNN earlier today where he opened up about being a gay player when he was in the NFL.
"You want to escape the despair and turmoil and your mind goes to dark places. I'm happy today, and I'm glad they were just ideas and I didn't act on any of them. The cost was great not speak candidly open about myself in complete manner. If I could have done it differently, I would have hoped I found the strength [to come out]."
Kwame was forced to come out when he got into an altercation with his former boyfriend a few days before the Super Bowl in January, and once he was out of the closet, 49er wide receiver Chris Culliver automatically said "I don't do the gay guys man," he added:
"I don't do that. No, we don't got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do. Can't be with that sweet stuff. Nah…can't be…in the locker room man. Nah."
Chris did apologize later, but Harris wants people who are struggling with who they truly are not to feel like they're alone.
"I want people, whether gay athletes, athletes still in the closet, or youths who are not sure what their sexuality is to know those are common feelings. Don't feel alone in having them."
And we totally agree with him!
[Image via Jeff Chiu/AP Images.]