well another baller wolf has come out the closet.
he left the nfl before he did it.
his story is a little different because he nearly killed himself.
the internal struggle was real.
a f-bi sent me the story via new york daily news…
Former Patriots and Chiefs offensive tackle Ryan O’Callaghan publicly came out on Tuesday, saying that he strongly considered committing suicide before he received support from the Kansas City organization.
O’Callaghan discusssed the gripping, heart-wrenching journey he took as a closeted gay man in college football and the NFL in a piece by SB Nation’s Outsports.The story provides a unique window into the devastating toll the lying and hiding can have on an individual.
Now that he’s come out, O’Callaghan says he’s committed to helping those enduring similar struggles.
“As long as there are people killing themselves because they are gay, there is a reason for people like me to share my story and try to help,” O’Callaghan said. “People need to understand that we are everywhere. We’re your sons, your daughters, your teammates, your neighbors. And honestly, even some of your husbands and wives. You just don’t know it yet.”
O’Callaghan says he used football as a way to shield his sexuality from the world. And once his playing days were over, he planned on killing himself — unable to show his true self to his conservative family and friends.
“In college, football was a great cover for being gay,” said O’Callaghan, who played with Aaron Rodgers at Cal before being drafted by the Patriots in the fifth round of the 2006 draft. “And then I saw the NFL mainly as a way to keep hiding my sexuality and stay alive.
“To me, it was a deadly serious relationship I had with football.”
that rest of article is deep.
one thing i realize is there are many who are silently suffering out here.
some use props,
like sports or even marriage,
to divert from their demons.
all these random cubs.
you racking up child support to prove your straightness?
i get so many emails from the dl.
questions or just someone to confide in.
the foxhole helps many who are not comfortable.
you guys have even helped me.
i have gotten comfortable in my own fur.
this is why i don’t condone outing.
it’s ridiculous how many are okay with that.
i believe if you drag someone out and they harm themselves,
you should be arrested and charged with murder.
it will happen one day.
simple as that.
let those decide when they are ready to come out.
i don’t know what is this obsession with outing.
it’s really bothersome.
it’s good to see ryan coming out to help those who need it tho.
i’m glad he isn’t trying to be some star,
but a solace in a community that needs it.