CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman wrote Monday (March 25th) that he was told a current gay NFL player is considering coming out publicly. The plan would be for the unnamed player to do so in the next few months, then carry on with his NFL career.
Freeman came to this conclusion after several interviews with active and former NFL players, but was unable to successfully identify who the player is. Reportedly, if the player does come out, it would not only be monumental to the sport of football but to U.S. professional team sports.
The topic of homosexuality and gay rights has been ignored for a number of years in the NFL but active players like Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo and Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe have spoken in support of gay marriage throughout the last year. New York Giants owner Steve Tisch, NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith and players like Scott Fujita, Scott Shanle, D'Qwell Jackson and Eric Winston are among those who supported a brief filed to the U.S. Supreme Court related to Proposition 8 in California. Linebacker Scott Fujita believes NFL players are ready.
"I honestly think the players of the NFL have been ready for an openly gay player for quite some time now," Fujita told Freeman. "Trust me, the coming out of a player would create much bigger waves outside the locker room than inside."