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Blog: What's the fuss if a football player is gay?

10:28 PM, Feb 28, 2013   |    comments
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I truly don't see why everyone is getting all worked up about the "possibility" of an NFL football player being gay.

True, the subject of gay players in the NFL arose after Colorado tight end Nick Kasa said his sexuality was questioned by a number of NFL teams at the combine. Such questions are illegal under federal labor laws and that is out of line.

But there was also the cable TV series "Necessary Roughness" that just had a storyline about a gay player. Coincidence? I think not.

Earlier this week, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, a gay rights supporter, predicted that the NFL will have its first openly gay player by 2014.

I really don't see the big deal. Ayanbadejo even likened that unspecified player as the "Jackie Robinson, our pioneer for gay rights and equality..."

Really? Would it be that big of a deal?

But then Ayanbadego made a really offensive comment -- offensive in my own opinion -- that a draft prospect should lie and say that he likes girls as "...I think players need to say that they're straight right now...you need to get drafted as high as you can get drafted, get the money while you can, your career's only going to last 3.5 years."

Now I think that is as disingenuous as it can get for Ayanbadego to say. If he truly supports gay rights, he should keep his mouth shut so others can open their minds.

Is it just the NFL that would reel from an "openly gay" player? How about the NHL? NBA? MLB? NCAA? And what about the Olympics? Are we really so pathetic and judgmental?

Just keep an open mind and your heart will follow. 

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