Former NFL star Kwame Harris has confirmed that he is gay.
The ex-49ers and Raiders offensive tackle revealed his homosexuality when he plead not guilty to charges of beating an ex-boyfriend last January, SI reports.
In a recent interview with CNN, Harris went on the record about his struggles of being homosexual in the locker room.
“You want to escape the despair and turmoil and your mind goes to dark places,” Harris said about keeping his sexuality secret. “I’m happy today, and I’m glad they were just ideas and I didn’t act on any of them."
He also hopes that coming out will help other gay athletes. “The cost was great not speak candidly open about myself in complete manner,” he said. “If I could have done it differently, I would have hoped I found the strength [to come out].”