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NFL promises to protect players who come out

ALBANY, N.Y. -- With talk of several professional football players coming out in the near future, the NFL has agreed to protect gay players from harassment and discrimination.

The NFL met with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to discuss the issue. On Tuesday, the AG said the meeting was productive and that the NFL will establish a "culture of inclusion" for gay players. League officials said locker rooms posters, for example, would promote NFL's anti-discrimination policies.

Three prospective recruits accused NFL scouts at the annual combine in Indianapolis of asking them if they liked girls, prompting LGBT groups and allies to call on the NFL to stop the homophobia. The NFL's internal inquiry found no violations of its anti-discrimination policy, though.

After meeting with the AG, the NFL agreed to conduct training throughout the organization to stress the anti-discrimination policy.

The Associated Press reported:

Schneiderman applauded the NFL for "working cooperatively with our office to address these issues."

"Together, we are sending a powerful message that discrimination and harassment will not be tolerated in any form," he said.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league has "a long history of valuing diversity and inclusion."

"Discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation is not consistent with our values and is unacceptable in the National Football League," he said.