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Fantastic Friday: Coming Out in the NFL? Edition

Need a counterbalance to this ridiculous video of Rutgers basketball coach, Mike Rice, who used homophobic slurs in berating and abusing his players (skip to 1:26 to get right to it)?

Consider this story about the NFL.  That’s right, football.  The height of machismo, or close to hit.

Could the first player to come out as gay be on the horizon?  Scratch that, could the first four?  According to a story on ESPN, that’s what Brendon Ayanbadejo thinks might happen, and sooner rather than later.  Props to Ayanbadejo for stepping forward on this issue that seemed like a third rail in NFL locker rooms and being a staunch defender of gay rights.  And he’s be doing this for years, even when it was less popular for most, including the President of the United States.  That takes a lot of courage and should be applauded.  As the story explains…

Brendon Ayanbadejo, a highly visible defender of gay rights and same-sex marriage, told the Baltimore Sun that four current NFL players are considering coming out as gay.

“I think it will happen sooner than you think,” Ayanbadejo told the newspaper. “We’re in talks with a handful of players who are considering it. There are up to four players being talked to right now, and they’re trying to be organized so they can come out on the same day together. It would make a major splash and take the pressure off one guy. It would be a monumental day if a handful or a few guys come out.

“Of course, there would be backlash. If they could share the backlash, it would be more positive. It’s cool. It’s exciting. We’re in talks with a few guys who are considering it. The NFL and organizations are already being proactive and open if a player does it and if something negative happens. We’ll see what happens.”

Now that would be groundbreaking…

Have a Fantastic Friday everyone!

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