He must have a good agent.
He must have a good agent.
God Bless the Marine Corps.
None of that applies to homosexuality in itself and so that wouldn't be a valid criteria to discriminate on, for the NFL or any other employer. Of course the difficult element is proving discrimination if it occurs and that is all the more difficult in things like sports teams, where "employment" decisions can be legitimately based on so many non-specific factors and personal opinions.
As for stating it, directly you might have a point but the fact is sexuality isn't hidden unless you're forced to do so (which nobody should). You chat with colleagues, talk about what you did at the weekend ("Went to dinner with my wife"), which actors or singers you like ("Madonna used to be hot but she really let herself go." or have simple crossover with your life ("I need a weeks leave for my wedding."). Without actively working to hide it, your sexuality is likely to become apparent over time. Add in the media attention of NFL players and there would be no way to live an free and normal life without your sexuality becoming apparent.
As long as "football player is gay" is considered newsworthy, I think it's perfectly valid for a gay player (or potential player) to state their sexuality and get the "news" out of the way and focus on their job.
Anyway, given your attitude on the sexual harassment element, don't you think it would be preferable for homosexual players to be known rather than hidden and secretive? Unless, of course, you think they should just be banned from playing professional sports at all.
His Mizzou teammates didn't have a problem, so I hope that his NFL teammates won't either. That is, if coming out doesn't damage his draft chances. Surely, owners are going to be sensitive and politically correct about this. And maybe everybody can get back to football.
He'll be known as "the gay guy" for a few weeks, but hopefully eventually he'll just be another player. But I applaud his guts for coming out before he even has a pro contract, and I wish him nothing but the best. And seeing the highlights of him, I'd take him on the Bills, even though Buffalo is loaded at D-line.
Freedom of speech is not freedom from criticism.
How do they deal with sexual harrasment and attraction now? We seperate mens and womens bathrooms because of the possibility of attraction and harrasment, and privacy. Will gay players need seperate facilities (even from each other) because of the possibility of harrasment?
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If he can play the game well enough to be a draft choice, then his sexual orientation shouldn't matter to anyone but his Partner.
Building block or stumbling block.... choose.
Actually there have been players saying things like they don't want to be checked out by a gay man in the showers.
The issue of his sexuality was not something he was going to share but something a journalist was going to reveal. That said he wanted to get ahead of the story with the combine a week away. He is a solid 3rd-5th round guy because of his size, but being a 1st All-American and a defensive player of the year it will be something if he doesn't wind up in a camp regardless of sexuality but people will pass on him if there is a player of equal potential on the board because of the media circus it will likely cause. Some owner, and I am guessing it will be someone like Jim Irsay or Robert Kraft, will give him a shot.
Now if it disrupts the locker room then he will be gone. That is a fact, because unless you can play great at that level, then it won't be worth it. If a player with Andrew Luck skills were gay, they would still be a 1st rounder.