Football player Wade Davis came out as gay, but only after he retired. Now, as the LGBT movement gains more momentum and prejudices continue to be shattered, the first active NFL player could soon come out.
According to CBS sports columnist Mike Freeman, an NFL player is considering coming out in the next few months.
“I'm told this player feels the time is now for someone to take this step -- despite homophobic remarks from San Francisco 49ers defensive back Chris Culliver and the controversy arising recently at the Indianapolis Scouting combine, when prospects were asked questions about their sexuality,” Freeman wrote, declining to cite his sources.
Freeman said he wasn't told who this gay player is, adding the player isn’t afraid to reveal his sexuality because he feels being ostracised by teammates but because of how homophobic fans might react to the news.
“The player fears he will suffer serious harm from homophobic fans, and that is the only thing preventing him from coming out,” Freeman said.
Scott Fujita, along with Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo are among a handful of NFL player who are actively speaking in favor of gay rights.
“Guys are more accepting than they used to be. Even those who raise personal objections to homosexuality, some of whom are good friends of mine, would still be able to coexist and accept a gay teammate,” Fujita said.