Gay Ex-NFL Player Comes Out, Speaks of Lack of Acceptance in Interview

There might be no room for openly gay players in the NFL

By on March 30th, 2013 08:40 GMT
Kwame Harris, a former player for the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders is officially out of the closet.

After January reports of him and an ex-boyfriend emerged, Harris was forced by the media to either accept that he is a part of the LGBT community or continue to hide it.

In a recent interview, Harris describes that being gay in the NFL is a burden, and from his tone you can gather that he might have been literally afraid for anyone to know about him.

He probably had good reason to dread coming out. When 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver found out, he made an offensive comment about not wanting to be on the same team as a gay man.

"No, we don't got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do," he said.

Culliver has since taken back his comments but, apologies aside, it seems to be common knowledge that the NFL is a macho males club and, although they might try to keep up with appearances, they are not accepting of LGBT players.

The fact that there are currently no openly gay active players on any of the major teams stands as proof of that. If you disagree, don't hesitate to argue your case by posting a comment.

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