Mike Freeman, a National NFL Insider and Enterprise Writer for CBSSports.com, writes this week that Some believe atmosphere is safe for gay NFL player to come out.
“Based on interviews over the past several weeks with current and former players, I'm told that a current gay NFL player is strongly considering coming out publicly within the next few months -- and after doing so, the player would attempt to continue his career.
“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.
“This player's true concern, I'm told, is not the reaction inside an NFL locker room but outside of it. The player fears he will suffer serious harm from homophobic fans, and that is the only thing preventing him from coming out. My sources will not say who this alleged player is.”
Brendon Ayanbadejo, of the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, and Vikings punter Chris Kluwe have been among the leading voices in the NFL in support of equality in the locker room. Both men signed a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court supporting the lower court ruling that California’s Proposition 8 was unconstitutional.
Other NFL players on board with equal rights include Connor Barwin, Tom Crabtree, Scott Fijita, D’Qwell Jackson, Alex Mack, Scott Shanle and Eric Winston.
The NFL is investigating claims that prospects showcasing their abilities at the Indianapolis Scouting combine were asked about their sexuality and whether they liked girls.