Mike Freeman | CBSsports.com
March 25, 2013
A current NFL player is reportedly close to coming out as being gay. To date there has never been an openly gay athlete in a major U.S. team sport. While some players have come out after their career has concluded, this announcement would be significant for the player is reportedly hoping to continue his NFL playing career after coming out. Additionally, the player’s concern is not how his announcement will be received within the NFL community, but rather, the potential backlash he will face from homophobic fans. The timing of this announcement is particularly significant as the Supreme Court is hearing two arguments regarding same sex marriage this term.
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