i guess this “coming out” thing has a lot of baller wolves upset.
chris clemons of the seahawks happens to be one…
peep what he said in this recent article at the seattle times…
Maybe the NFL locker room actually isn’t ready for an openly gay player.
The real problem may not be that some players will object to the sexual orientation of a teammate, but that some will bristle at what will perceived to be a grab for attention.
That’s the gist of a recent series tweets from Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons, as summarized and explained by Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times. While the comments could be construed as homophobic on the surface, Clemons eventually gets to the crux of his concern: “I’m not against anyone but I think it’s a selfish act. They just trying to make themselves bigger than the team.”
The first player who comes out will create a major distraction for himself, his teammates, and his entire organization. With each passing season, as interest in the NFL continues to grow and as more and more media companies emerge to cover the sport, the distraction will be even bigger when a player does come out.
That’s one of the primary reasons no player has done it. Football players want to play football, and they generally don’t want to create a distraction for themselves or others on the team. Even if teammates have no issue with a player being honest about who he is, some teammates won’t understand why the player felt compelled to grab a megaphone and let the world know private, personal information that results in a microphone eventually being stuck in all their faces.
i see his point.
hell no one has even step foot out yet and it’s already becoming a problem.
kinda why i wasn’t for it.
can i be honest with the foxhole and surrounding members?
these “coming out” stories become less about freedom,
and more about exploitation from the media.
it won’t be about his team,
or even a loss anymore.
it won’t be the american dream story of triumph like it should.
it will be about this one person and his personal life.
smells like ratings.
selling newspapers and magazines.
stat counts on blogs for the first story.
every time this player even looks in the direction of another player,
even if it is an innocent friendship,
it will be broken down and scrutinized.
his team mates will ostracize him.
it may do more harm than good.
look at frank ocean’s story.
he came out with this beautiful letter and people think he did it for publicity.
questioned his motives.
“he talks too much in riddles”.
“did it to sell an album”.
x the fight with breezy wolf.
even though breezy wolf’s track record is a mess,
frankie was labelled a “messy queen”.
“he probably tried to come onto him”.
yet a month later,
breezy wolf damn near “rock em; sock em” a valet attendant.
…and the worse was from gays!
the ones who begged for someone to “come out”,
but when they do,
there is a bunch of issues afterwards.
“we could already tell.”
“did it for publicity.”
“doesn’t represent us enough.”
“too gay so we can’t relate.”
or the best one yet,
we put a check mark over him and go on another witch hunt.
just like the straights do.
listen, i’m already over it.
so someone who probably wanted to come out the closet,
after seeing all the bullshit that comes with it,
would rather stay inside where it’s safer.
i don’t blame them.
tell close family and friends and open the door to them and a potential s/o. the ones who matter.
what are your thoughts?