Out athletes talked about being in the closet and overcoming fear.
In Los Angeles on Wednesday, the National Football League held their sophomore NFL Pride event in which athletes talked about being gay and closeted in the industry.
NFL players Dave Kppay and Esra Tuaolo were among the attendees, both men opened up in a “fireside chat” with moderator Kirk Walker an openly gay UCLA softball coach.
The NFL has been improving its communications and acceptance of LGBT players and brick and corporate employees led by Michael Castor and John Cora who are also gay.
“The conversation for the evening revolved around the experiences of both Tuaolo and Kopay as closeted gay men in the NFL.
While Kopay said various teammates likely knew he was gay (or, in the case of should-be-Hall-Of-Famer Jerry Smith knew he was gay), Tuaolo said his teammates with the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers had no idea he was gay until he came out publicly.”