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Kwame Harris tells gay players: Don’t feel alone

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In the days before the Super Bowl, a story emerged that former NFL player Kwame Harris had been involved in a domestic dispute with his former boyfriend. At that time, Harris had never publicly acknowledged that he’s gay.

Now he has.

Harris said on CNN this morning that he hopes his own experience will serve as a valuable example to other gay athletes.

“I want people, whether gay athletes, athletes still in the closet, or youths who are not sure what their sexuality is to know those are common feelings,” Harris said, via USA Today. “Don’t feel alone in having them.”

Harris said he now wishes he would have come out during his playing career.

“If I could have done it differently, I would have hoped I found the strength [to come out],” he said.

Harris now joins a small group of former NFL players who have come out as openly gay, a group that includes Roy Simmons, Wade Davis, Esera Tuaolo and Dave Kopay. The NFL has never had an openly gay active player.

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  1. fitzmagic1212 says: Mar 29, 2013 10:41 AM

    i dont care if youre white black gay straight fat or skinny just come to buffalo and get our team to the playoffs and we will build statues of you

  2. cosanostra71 says: Mar 29, 2013 10:44 AM

    Good for Kwame! He wasn’t much of a player but I’m glad he can feel comfortable being himself now

  3. zn0rseman says: Mar 29, 2013 10:46 AM

    Best not to “come out” as an active player.

    A team needs unity, and whther everyone likes it or not, publically drawing attention to deviant life styles for certain players is something that will instantly divide a locker room. A team needs unity and that unity is created by having a locker room that is united, not divided.

  4. themagicman1223 says: Mar 29, 2013 10:49 AM

    It won’t change anything in the NFL if they come out, everyone knows there’s already hundreds of gay athletes in the NFL. Who cares honestly, they can still play football.

  5. rayguyreturns says: Mar 29, 2013 10:51 AM

    Who cares. It doesn’t matter. I just wish he hadn’t been a penalty machine. Kwame “False Start” Harris

  6. germanstingray says: Mar 29, 2013 10:51 AM

    If they get 48 more, they can form their own team.

  7. kluuuuuuuuug says: Mar 29, 2013 10:53 AM

    zn0rseman says:
    Mar 29, 2013 10:46 AM
    Best not to “come out” as an active player.

    A team needs unity, and whther everyone likes it or not, publically drawing attention to deviant life styles for certain players is something that will instantly divide a locker room. A team needs unity and that unity is created by having a locker room that is united, not divided.
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    Deviant? Seriously?

  8. j0esixpack says: Mar 29, 2013 10:53 AM

    Nice words of support from Harris.

    5 years from now the Haters will probably be ashamed they made such a big deal out of marriage equality and gays in sports.

  9. dagon27 says: Mar 29, 2013 10:54 AM

    Oh, Kwame. I still recall a ton of good plays Alex Smith made during the 2006 season called back for his holding penalties.
    That said, nice to see him speaking up now. Classy move regardless of his pro skills.

  10. enochmh2 says: Mar 29, 2013 10:55 AM

    The cons heavily outweigh the pros of ‘coming out’. The reality is this is not the norm for a lot of people,its crazy to think everyone will accept someone gay just like that

  11. truths4all says: Mar 29, 2013 10:58 AM

    I expect that when this alternative lifestyle agenda keeps getting pushed forward by those like this forum and others who do not care about football in order to further its own goals, your teams will implode and you will see how well that works out, cuz it won’t. Take your own personal life and keep it there. There is no place in the locker room for this social agenda by others and it only breaks the trust players assume they have in others. Leave football alone and just focus on the game and not this particular social agenda of promoting an alternate and un-normal lifestyle.

  12. r0b1b0y says: Mar 29, 2013 11:00 AM

    bo-riiinnnnnggggggg

  13. toadthechoad says: Mar 29, 2013 11:00 AM

    God made Adam and Eve. Not Adam and Steve.

  14. bleedgreen says: Mar 29, 2013 11:00 AM

    zn0rseman says:
    Mar 29, 2013 10:46 AM
    Best not to “come out” as an active player.

    A team needs unity, and whther everyone likes it or not, publically drawing attention to deviant life styles for certain players is something that will instantly divide a locker room. A team needs unity and that unity is created by having a locker room that is united, not divided.
    ————————————————————-

    The guys out at the club till 7am getting drunk and bangin hookers isn’t deviant?

  15. norcalmafia says: Mar 29, 2013 11:05 AM

    Funny cause when he used to play everytime the ball would snap it looked more like he was trying to “vogue” more then block.

  16. jr507 says: Mar 29, 2013 11:06 AM

    I can not wait until we just get to the point where we stop assuming people are straight or gay. That would finallly cut down the media circus/TMZ-esque BS, and the over-publicized reactions.

    It is so tiresome and corny to have people announce their preferences (regardless of what it is). Go out with girls, go out with guys, whatever – just do it and live your life to the fullest. Enough with press conferences about everything that goes on in your life (Unless you feel like doing situps in your driveway with Drew Rosenhaus since that’s just great TV).

    Same goes for all the non-celebrity tools who feel the need to tweet or facebook status everytime they use the toilet. No one cares that what movie you’re watching, that you’re boiling pasta, etc. The people who are interested in you would actually contact you. As Tyler Durden would say “You are not a unique and beautiful snowflake”. Get on with life.

  17. drewsylvania says: Mar 29, 2013 11:07 AM

    It is the team that determines whether or not someone’s orientation is a unity problem.

  18. dilberry says: Mar 29, 2013 11:07 AM

    i dont care if youre white black gay straight fat or skinny just come to buffalo and get our team to the playoffs and we will build statues of you
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    This made me lol for some reason.

  19. lwstarr says: Mar 29, 2013 11:07 AM

    zn0rseman says: Mar 29, 2013 10:46 AM

    Best not to “come out” as an active player.

    A team needs unity, and whther everyone likes it or not, publically drawing attention to deviant life styles for certain players is something that will instantly divide a locker room. A team needs unity and that unity is created by having a locker room that is united, not divided.
    _______________________________
    Deviant? Divide a locker room? Not showing too much bigotry there, huh, z? There is nothing deviant or abnormal about being gay. More and more players are saying they would have no problem with a gay teammate.

    So maybe the only ones that have a problem with it are bigots like you…

    Just sayin’

  20. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 29, 2013 11:08 AM

    And, apparently, the NFL has never had an openly gay former player who was any good when he played.
    Who are those guys?

  21. santolonius says: Mar 29, 2013 11:08 AM

    zn0rseman says: publically drawing attention to deviant life styles … is something that will instantly divide a locker room.

    “deviant” – really? the truth is that such ugly and repugnant prejudice as calling a gay person deviant is what divides people. not the fact that he or she is gay or comes out or anything if the sort. this is your problem, not theirs.

  22. therealpittbull says: Mar 29, 2013 11:09 AM

    Why didn’t you come out? Big tough guy that tells others not to be afraid. It’s because of the MONEY. You may make some through the gay networks, but teams may be reluctant to have a distraction in the locker room and media. With all the money to be made, believe me, owners, GM’s, and coaches know who like sugar. Millions being invested, they go all out looking at the risk/reward of each athlete. Therefore, live your life, make your cash, and ride into the rainbow sunset.

  23. illiniftw says: Mar 29, 2013 11:09 AM

    Is it just me or does it almost seem like the media is trying to force an active gay player to come out? It’s starting to get annoying

  24. bearclaw69 says: Mar 29, 2013 11:13 AM

    Damn this censoring site.

  25. raiderufan says: Mar 29, 2013 11:15 AM

    Being gay is a deviant life style? We as a species are an embarassment if the nature in which a person chooses to have sex defines them. The actions of adults in the bedrooms of the homes they own are none of our business and does nothing to diminish the relationships straight men and women have with each other.

  26. therealpittbull says: Mar 29, 2013 11:16 AM

    Btw…If your against all this nonsense, stand up and say so. Don’t allow the media agenda to put your thoughts in the closet, that affect our youth. They spin statistics and the facts. Bottom line, only us “Straight” godly made and commanded people can create life. Without US, they would not have the ability to think of such nonsense.

  27. lou2730 says: Mar 29, 2013 11:17 AM

    “Deviant? Seriously?”

    Yes! Seriously. Some people really do think it’s just sick for children to see Daddy kissing Daddy…deal with it.

  28. daddyb1gdrawz says: Mar 29, 2013 11:19 AM

    This is exactly my point. No NFL player in the prime of their career will ever come out. Kwame is borderline retired and he just came out. I believe their are too many negatives for players to come out. Can we pause for a moment? Why is this such a big issue? We do not go around asking players about their sexual orientation. We do not because it does not matter as long as you can run, catch, tackle and block.

  29. jbcommonsense says: Mar 29, 2013 11:19 AM

    Be true to yourself, and always support your teammates. If a teammate comes out, that should be another inspiring part of your team spirit to support and rally around.

  30. bulldogslc says: Mar 29, 2013 11:21 AM

    I don’t know if the fans are ready for an openly gay active player…an I think that’s a damn shame

  31. gomer1 says: Mar 29, 2013 11:23 AM

    I’m no Bills fan, but the first comment from fitzmagic1212 is the finest comment I have ever seen on this site.

  32. mdpickles says: Mar 29, 2013 11:26 AM

    FitzMagic’s comment is how everyone should feel about it. Great post man!

  33. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Mar 29, 2013 11:26 AM

    Pro Liberal Agenda Talk. Do we really need or want 5 stories per day on this? Or is that the quota NBC set for you?

  34. zn0rseman says: Mar 29, 2013 11:34 AM

    bleedgreen says:
    Mar 29, 2013 11:00 AM
    zn0rseman says:
    Mar 29, 2013 10:46 AM
    Best not to “come out” as an active player.

    A team needs unity, and whther everyone likes it or not, publically drawing attention to deviant life styles for certain players is something that will instantly divide a locker room. A team needs unity and that unity is created by having a locker room that is united, not divided.
    ————————————————————-

    The guys out at the club till 7am getting drunk and bangin hookers isn’t deviant?
    ————————————————————-

    That too is deviant, but you don’t see thise guys having press conferences and intentionally drawing attention to themselves when doung it do you?

    I’ve seen a lot of people here, ignorant ones, on this board calling me a bigot and ignorant for referring to a gay lifestyle as deviant. It is deviant by definition, and frankly I think they all missed the entire point. I don’t care if a player is gay, or uses hookers, that’s their business and their life choices, and they will deal with the consequence of those choices.

    However, when you talking about a football team, unity is vital and if one player seeks to become a media darling by actively drawing attention to themselves and a lifestyle that many of their teammates may quietly disgree with, it will divide that team. That’s a simple fact of team sports, and therefore “coming out” publically while on such a team would be bad for that teams chances of success.

  35. therealpittbull says: Mar 29, 2013 11:35 AM

    Bulldogls: you may think its a shame, but there are QUITE A FEW people that don’t want to see or hear the nonsense. Quite frankly, I don’t want to see players with their wives. Play football. If I wanted to watch the Lingerie League, I would wait all season for the Super Bowl sideshow, which this has become. Strictly an agenda of the media, so more of the gay decision makers can come out of the closets they’ve locked themselves into.

  36. rc33 says: Mar 29, 2013 11:35 AM

    We need to address the subject of Gays with Guns. If nothing else, it’ll cover two topics I’m tired of hearing about.

  37. 1historian says: Mar 29, 2013 11:38 AM

    magicman1223 – your 10:49 – “Everyone knows there’s already hundreds of gay athletes in the NFL.”

    Your source for this statement?

  38. dcsuperfan says: Mar 29, 2013 11:39 AM

    fitzmagic1212 says:
    Mar 29, 2013 10:41 AM
    i dont care if youre white black gay straight fat or skinny just come to buffalo and get our team to the playoffs and we will build statues of you

    Best. Comment. Ever.

  39. mz1394 says: Mar 29, 2013 11:41 AM

    What happens when a guy gets busted checking out another guy in the shower or lockerroom then what(and that excuse of what’s to say he would be attracted to any of the guys doesn’t hold water put any guy in that scenario w 50smthng mostly in great shape women and he’s going to be checking out plenty of them. Also guys razzing guys are always going to go w words associated w H0m0 and that will become an issue . If it wasn’t an issue NFL gms wouldn’t be asking.

  40. tdubdizzle says: Mar 29, 2013 11:42 AM

    Honestly, who cares? Your sexuality is your business no one elses. Not everyone is going to agree about same sex marriage. POWER TO GAY PEOPLE EVERYWHERE!

  41. raiderufan says: Mar 29, 2013 11:45 AM

    1historian says:
    Mar 29, 2013 11:38 AM
    magicman1223 – your 10:49 – “Everyone knows there’s already hundreds of gay athletes in the NFL.”

    Your source for this statement?

    I can’t speak for him but I’m gonna guess his source is a little thing called logic.

  42. tdubdizzle says: Mar 29, 2013 11:45 AM

    The National Football league is a business. People don’t just go to work and tell they’re boss and employees they’re gay because they feel the need to. Lets not lose sight of the big picture now.

  43. dcsuperfan says: Mar 29, 2013 11:48 AM

    mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says:
    Mar 29, 2013 11:26 AM
    Pro Liberal Agenda Talk. Do we really need or want 5 stories per day on this? Or is that the quota NBC set for you?

    Yes, supporting the right of fellow humans to live their lives without being discriminated against or beaten and murdered over the way they were born IS the “liberal agenda.” Just like it was when we fought to give women and blacks the same rights. If you’re not on board with this “agenda,” well, it must suck to be you.

  44. canuck54143 says: Mar 29, 2013 11:49 AM

    first player to come out will make millions in endorsements, book, movie, and speaking deals. He will be the Jackie Robinson for gay rights. I say do it, and hopefully he a star or superstar player. I don’t care what a player does in his personal life as long as they bring my Bears a championship.

  45. spideysdog says: Mar 29, 2013 11:50 AM

    “not the norm”?Seriously? the ridiculous stupidity of some bigots would be funny if it wasn’t so sad. being black in MLB was “not the norm” until Jackie Robinson broke that door down.

    @therealpitbull: if your so worried about children seeing daddy kiss daddy, then stay in the closet.

    the reality is, we as the HUMAN race should be so past this. I could care less of a person’s race, orientation, or sex. if a girl shows up that can kick from 60, bring her on. My Hawks need a kicker.

    if Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers came out of the closet, I can damn well guarantee you, there wo.t be any Patriot or Packer fans calling for their release.

    suit up and play the game.

  46. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Mar 29, 2013 11:53 AM

    Now we know why he couldn’t block.

  47. msclemons67 says: Mar 29, 2013 11:55 AM

    “Harris said on CNN this morning that he hopes his own experience will serve as a valuable example to other gay athletes.”

    Umm… being a complete bust is not a great example. There are tribute videos of Kwame’s incompetence; it was that spectacular. This guy coming out may have actually set the LGBT-in-sports movement back a decade.

  48. ripseau says: Mar 29, 2013 11:57 AM

    Don’t think it matters if the gay players come out. Never met a gay person I didn’t INSTANTLY know or suspect to b gay so I’m sure his team pretty much knows. But that’s his privacy. If he’s asked then he can say yes or no. Strait players aren’t asked if they’re strait and in a perfect world we woulf all b equal w no judgement

  49. heymister24 says: Mar 29, 2013 11:57 AM

    The teams would have an “uncomfortable workplace” and lawsuits would be filed.

  50. coolhandluke1 says: Mar 29, 2013 12:01 PM

    If one doesn’t have to “come out” and state that they are heterosexual, why do you have to announce to the public that you are gay? Seems like a healthy attitude is that it just doesn’t matter. You are not special just because you are, or are not, gay.

  51. themagicfanguy says: Mar 29, 2013 12:02 PM

    It’d be great if players could come out, but if they value winning and team chemistry they won’t. It’s a distraction, period. All these people yelling “bigot!” have never played for a football team or been a part of a competitive locker room. It shouldn’t be a distraction, but perception is reality and that’s how it would be perceived.

  52. denver1983 says: Mar 29, 2013 12:03 PM

    LMFAO!!

  53. heymister24 says: Mar 29, 2013 12:05 PM

    Why would any football player want to shower with a non straight football player.

  54. ripseau says: Mar 29, 2013 12:07 PM

    Mikebrownisblahblahblah

    Seriously bro. You’re gunna insult people by telling them they’re nbc watchers when you’re soooooo clearly a fox news kinda guy. Just take out your fox flag and start waving.
    Its part of the reason I canceled my cable. News isn’t news anymore. The “liberal media” wants u to pick a side and you’ve done it. Theyve won. Thanks for being a mindless zombie.

  55. allforfunnplay says: Mar 29, 2013 12:09 PM

    it’s not the gay issue that makes Kwame a joke.

    first it’s the fact that he was such a horrible left tackle for the Niners. it’s one thing to just not be physically good enough to play the position. but you’d think a 1st round pick from Stanford would have figured out now not to false start and hold 3 times a game.

    second is the fact that he gets arrested for assaulting his boyfriend about a fight over soy sauce and Chinese food. normally, domestic violence isn’t anything to laugh about…but in this case, I can’t help it.

    Kwame: “If you don’t like it, there’s nothing stopping you from leaving!”

    Boyfriend: “Well that’s for sure if you’re the one guarding the door”.

  56. heyjoops says: Mar 29, 2013 12:10 PM

    Kwame Harris has as much say in this matter as Kwame Brown does on where to find KONY

  57. duncanthecat says: Mar 29, 2013 12:16 PM

    This dudesa was non-existent on the field and now refuses to disappear. Please do us all a favor.

    Haynesworth did one thing right. Disappeared!

  58. GenXJay says: Mar 29, 2013 12:19 PM

    Next agenda for Kwame: Joining the fight for attention on the post-career concussion list.

  59. heymister24 says: Mar 29, 2013 12:23 PM

    straight men have rights and one of them is to not shower with a gay person.

  60. raiderrob21 says: Mar 29, 2013 12:26 PM

    dagon27 says:
    Mar 29, 2013 10:54 AM
    Oh, Kwame. I still recall a ton of good plays Alex Smith made during the 2006 season called back for his holding penalties.
    That said, nice to see him speaking up now. Classy move regardless of his pro skills.

    2006? Ton of good plays by Alex Smith? What planet were you on and what games were you watching? He was more horrible in ’06 than he is now.

  61. dtownridaz says: Mar 29, 2013 12:27 PM

    toadthechoad says:
    Mar 29, 2013 11:00 AM
    God made Adam and Eve. Not Adam and Steve.

    LMAO!! Dont worry guys coming out…Kwame’s got your back!

  62. deedub1639 says: Mar 29, 2013 12:28 PM

    I am not the emperor of all black people but i can tell you how i feel about your comments here.

    Stop comparing being black with being gay. They are not same. I don’t care about a persons CHOICE to be whatever they want. They choose their lifestyle…. I’m proud to be black… But it’s something that I didn’t choose and can’t be changed. Stop frggn comparing Jackie Robinson to the first gay person to “come out.” It is not the same and is insulting. I hate talking about this garbage but you folks are going to far with this…

    Did I miss something … I’m more pissed off that Kwame Harris couldn’t block anyone… That’s the real story. Get out of my football news Kwame.

  63. axespray says: Mar 29, 2013 12:29 PM

    Whoa…. I think I finally figured out the message to the X-Men Films.

  64. palmersports says: Mar 29, 2013 12:29 PM

    It’s sad that we live in a world where people have to afraid of what others will think of them. I wish these players that are gay could just tell people and live a normal life in their sports profession. Lets hope things change for the better soon.

  65. warhammer420 says: Mar 29, 2013 12:30 PM

    “God made Adam and Eve. Not Adam and Steve.”

    Actually, christian mythology states that Adam procreated with his own rib. So if you’re a true christian, you should have your rib surgically removed then marry it.

  66. gtskyrider says: Mar 29, 2013 12:33 PM

    Dude..I’m soooo sick about hearing about all this gay crap. If you make gay legal (which is an abomination to GOD), what’s next…prostitution…might as well legalize it along with polygamy! Oh BTW..go marry your sister, mother, and brother…cause you love them too!!! Just get back to real news like football and what’s going on….no more gay talk!!!!

  67. BroncsApocalypse says: Mar 29, 2013 12:34 PM

    Someone NEEDS to come out, and stand up for themselves! The announcement of a gay player on an active NFL roster would be an historic event similar to Marlin Briscoe or Jackie Robinson. It would pave the way for future players.

  68. klunge says: Mar 29, 2013 12:44 PM

    Let me see if I get these comments from the gay supporters right:
    None of us are allowed to have any opinion the dissents your own. It is wrong for us to have our own moral values and teach them to our children. If we don’t get on your bandwagon, support gay marraige, extra rights for gay people, and encourage our kids to jump in and explore any passing curiosity about sex during their formative years, WE are somehow the intolerant bigots??? OK then…

  69. cmonelisha says: Mar 29, 2013 12:54 PM

    deedub1639 says:
    Mar 29, 2013 12:28 PM
    I am not the emperor of all black people but i can tell you how i feel about your comments here.

    Stop comparing being black with being gay. They are not same. I don’t care about a persons CHOICE to be whatever they want. They choose their lifestyle…. I’m proud to be black… But it’s something that I didn’t choose and can’t be changed.
    ___________

    im sure noones comparing black to gay lmao..is this you out of the closet confession? loll

    this said whats with this you have to come out thing. why? why cant you live your lives normally like straight people and leave the finding out to when we see you with a guy out in the town.. the MEDIA makes a big deal out of this. no fan really cares and im siiiick of hearing about this story for crying out loud

  70. klunge says: Mar 29, 2013 12:57 PM

    warhammer420 says:
    Mar 29, 2013 12:30 PM

    Actually, christian mythology states that Adam procreated with his own rib. So if you’re a true christian, you should have your rib surgically removed then marry it
    ————————————————-

    I recommend avoiding commenting on subjects of which you are woefully out of your depth.

  71. wringworm says: Mar 29, 2013 12:57 PM

    Gay, bi, metro (yeah I’m talkin to you Braylon), whatever… when will adultery start getting the play it deserves so everyone can “make it right”?

    I don’t see some big movement on a moral issue that is pretty common across all sexual platforms yet at epidemic proportions in this country

  72. shogunassasin30 says: Mar 29, 2013 1:02 PM

    ripseau says:
    Mar 29, 2013 11:57 AM
    Don’t think it matters if the gay players come out. Never met a gay person I didn’t INSTANTLY know or suspect to b gay

    lol You’re so full of it dude. C’mon you know that stereotype of gay guys. The ones that don’t act like men. THAT stereotype is probably the most alive and it’s everywhere. All sassy and flamboyant and sh..Whatever, I don’t care if you like dudes, just act like a man around me and we’re good.

  73. SilentMajority says: Mar 29, 2013 1:03 PM

    Whether you’re gay or straight I don’t support domestic abusers, so lets not canonize him to quickly, alright…

  74. baymac408 says: Mar 29, 2013 1:07 PM

    Kwame was making s us NINERS look bad when he played… And really I have nothing against gays but he’s making us look even worse now! Dude it’s bad enough people call FRISCO the gay Capitol now gayness is associated with my team! Like really keep your personal lives to yourself! Gay or not it’s just a bunch of in necessary drama!

  75. joeel123 says: Mar 29, 2013 1:08 PM

    CNN puts this guy out as a hero? the only reason we know was because he was involved in a ridiculous sad incident and was arrested for it.

  76. sailbum7 says: Mar 29, 2013 1:08 PM

    Even though it should not be the case, I do not think that an active player can come out and manage to stay in the league. There are just too many neanderthals playing pro football who would not accept it. Not only would it create divisions in the team, it would make the player a target for cheap shots and unnecessarily hard hits by those who do not accept it. Maybe five or ten years from now a player would be able to come out and not face this kind of treatment but the league is far from being at that point right now. I give him credit ffor coming out now, even though it does appear to have been somewhat involuntary. As more retired players come out it will become easier for an active player to do so. It will just take more good players coming out for those who are still playing to see that it really does not make a difference when it comes to performance on the field or who the person is off the field.

  77. zn0rseman says: Mar 29, 2013 1:15 PM

    klunge says:

    Let me see if I get these comments from the gay supporters right:
    None of us are allowed to have any opinion the dissents your own. It is wrong for us to have our own moral values and teach them to our children. If we don’t get on your bandwagon, support gay marraige, extra rights for gay people, and encourage our kids to jump in and explore any passing curiosity about sex during their formative years, WE are somehow the intolerant bigots??? OK then…

    ————————

    Well said.

    I’d wager that most of these pro-gay comments are coming from young bucks who have no children of their own, and thus have no perspective on teaching morales to our children and what that means. Rather, they seem to desire a world without judgement or consequences of any kind. They call others intoleran and ignorant, yet it is they who are completely intolerant of any view that conflicts with theirs, and are fully ignorant of the reasons why so many people have those views.

  78. raiderspride says: Mar 29, 2013 1:21 PM

    He was not as bad of a player as some state. Average OL player. The Raiders tried to revive his career but he just could not stop trying to cheat the snap, and get an advantage.

    No sarcasm, seriously… He must have been over joyed to be drafted by San Fran a very friendly Gay community.

  79. cchicinfan says: Mar 29, 2013 1:21 PM

    To those of you who point out that “gay” players should just keep their personal lives personal and to themselves, you are acting as if there is no cost to staying in the closet. The mental pressure on professional athletes is already huge, then you add on top of that the need to make sure you don’t slip up. If you meet your partner after the game, or bring him to a social team gathering, is that ok, or is that pushing it down everyone’s throat?

  80. heymister24 says: Mar 29, 2013 1:31 PM

    If I was a free agent and about to sign with a team that has openly gay players, I would demand “private shower facilities” or I would not sign.

  81. mnvikes7897 says: Mar 29, 2013 1:37 PM

    Don’t care. Play football.

  82. szwhtsup123 says: Mar 29, 2013 1:45 PM

    Interesting how an NBC owned media outlet is posting comments that are 90% pro gay. You’re attempting to insult the intelligence of everyone out there and lead them to believe that that many people are supportive of the “alternative lifestyle”. That friends, is why traditional morality has no chance of surviving in this country. The liberal media has stuffed this agenda down everyone’s throats for so long that no one can help but regurgitate it, cause few are smart enough to spit it out fast enough. I know you won’t post this, cause this outlet is all about YOUR agenda PFT

  83. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Mar 29, 2013 1:54 PM

    toadthechoad says: Mar 29, 2013 11:00 AM

    God made Adam and Eve. Not Adam and Steve.

    Um. Stipulating that god makes anybody at all…. who made Steve then?

  84. soadeathdealer says: Mar 29, 2013 2:09 PM

    to me and it should be with everyone in America, ur skin color , religious beliefs, ur ethnicity , ur sexual preference should not matter as u should just be called American period. Some players will be distractions no matter what and teams may not want the player due to the media distractions or anything else that on or off field , im not meaning there sexual preference being a distraction ,but I do think that to begin with teams will get blasted if they cut a guy that is gay due to being a distraction where it be his attitude or off field stuff like domestic violence or violating any rules just because of the media will just point out that hes guy as the reason as the media tends to do to get people to read and watch . I think that its sad to say but not all players and team officials will be ok with openly gay players and its a shame and that will hurt the team and its unity and they could lose games and all from it but I dont think u can force a player to be ok with it if they dont believe in it and im sure some players will quit due to them not believing in people being gay . This will effect teams I mean u cant just tell players to be ok with something they dont believe in so that said u will have the gay players getting in to fights and getting messed with by the some of the ones that dont believe in it . its sad but there will be friction there always is as with everything ur afraid of things u dont understand for the most part. and I think or rather hope that after 10 yrs the media wont be having to report storys like this because we as people will be past this but seeing the past with racism im not sure that it will ever get to where we are just Americans . people will always discriminate against people and or separate them selves as groups of people away from other people and groups . so while inthink having openly guy people in sports is fine and after 10 yrs it will be normal to see openly guy players I dont think it will be at the point to where they wont be discriminated against .

  85. sportsfrenzy says: Mar 29, 2013 2:15 PM

    Wow … The pure hatred of people on this forum makes me sad for the world we live in, a man or woman’s sexual orientation does not change the human , we all have feelings , fears , and dreams no matter gay , straight , bi , transgender , or asexual . As long as you’re a good person , it doesn’t matter what you identify as .
    ” no laws gonna change us , we have to change us ; no matter what god you believe in , we come from the same one , if you rip away the fear behind it’s all the same love, it’s about time that we raise up “

  86. osiris33 says: Mar 29, 2013 2:27 PM

    Maybe that explains why he sucked

  87. packerman1968 says: Mar 29, 2013 2:28 PM

    heymister24 says:
    Mar 29, 2013 12:05 PM
    Why would any football player want to shower with a non straight football player.

    HELLO, they already are . They just do not know it. They are also showering with womanizers, drunks, drug abusers, along with others who in most circles of life are not accepted.

  88. brentspeckmannbutthumps says: Mar 29, 2013 2:28 PM

    It’s surprising to me that he didn’t play center, hoping for a looooooong caidence on every snap!

  89. brentspeckmannbutthumps says: Mar 29, 2013 2:35 PM

    He sucked just as much after he got cut as he did when he played!!!

  90. revskip says: Mar 29, 2013 2:37 PM

    therealpittbull says: Mar 29, 2013 11:16 AM

    Btw…If your against all this nonsense, stand up and say so. Don’t allow the media agenda to put your thoughts in the closet, that affect our youth. They spin statistics and the facts. Bottom line, only us “Straight” godly made and commanded people can create life. Without US, they would not have the ability to think of such nonsense.

    ————————————————————

    Some “godly” family men who you might remember reading about in the news:

    John Wayne Gacy
    Scott Peterson
    Adolf Hitler

    Being a Christian does not a “godly” man make any more than being straight make a person a good parent.

  91. revskip says: Mar 29, 2013 2:43 PM

    zn0rseman says: Mar 29, 2013 11:34 AM

    That too is deviant, but you don’t see thise guys having press conferences and intentionally drawing attention to themselves when doung it do you?

    However, when you talking about a football team, unity is vital and if one player seeks to become a media darling by actively drawing attention to themselves and a lifestyle that many of their teammates may quietly disgree with, it will divide that team. That’s a simple fact of team sports, and therefore “coming out” publically while on such a team would be bad for that teams chances of success.

    ———————————————————-

    By your (il)logic Tim Tebow, Rob Gronkowski and the first openly gay player are all the devil’s playthings since they draw attention to themselves? Seems like a weird cross-section of players to connect.

    As a Christian you should be less inclined to throw those stones, especially considering the persecution that Christians faced during the early years of the religion. Your words are more like those of the Romans who fed the lions, than the man who preached love thy neighbor.

  92. dcollins8 says: Mar 29, 2013 2:58 PM

    Godly man, you cant judge the religion just the sinner. Man are meant to make mistakes so hating on Christianity because people are flawed is a lame excuse

  93. purplepunisher says: Mar 29, 2013 3:23 PM

    qui wees fighting over soy sauce?

  94. myosin10 says: Mar 29, 2013 3:27 PM

    God made Adam and Eve? Really? It’s called evolution and unfortunately for you bible thumpers the world wasnt made in 6 or 7 days. When will people stop being so ignorant?

  95. zen609 says: Mar 29, 2013 3:28 PM

    Tebow should be the fist active player to come out.

    Nobody’s buying that “I’m saving my virginity for marriage” thing.

    He tried to put those rumors down by getting a girlfriend for a month or two, until she found out he had no sexual interest in her.

    He may love god, but if he’s trying to say that he has no sexual interest in women because he loves God, I think he’s confused. Having a sexual interest in women and loving god are two different things that aren’t related, one doesn’t cause the other.

    But more importantly, I really just want to read the comments about that story – heads exploding, etc.

  96. dawg8u says: Mar 29, 2013 3:46 PM

    I dont remember him as a player…who did he play for? The Packers?

    Anyway, what a way to come out of the closet….beating up your boyfriend. Priceless!

  97. barneyrumble says: Mar 29, 2013 4:20 PM

    Someone answer me this, why does it matter? Some on here say it would break up a locker room, well how would you know? You are on a chat board not in a locker room. The answer is fear. Not fear of a broken locker room, but fear that a gay guy could actually be strong enough, fast enough, and elite enough to be in the NFL. Insecure straight guys can’t process that because their narrow view of gays does not include a gay superior athlete. Having a Man Cave should not make you a cave man. Grow up haters and for those espousing Christianity on Good Friday, well the first pillar of the faith is LOVE, not judgement. Now go have a great weekend!

  98. gtskyrider says: Mar 29, 2013 4:56 PM

    myosin10 says: Mar 29, 2013 3:27 PM

    God made Adam and Eve? Really? It’s called evolution and unfortunately for you bible thumpers the world wasnt made in 6 or 7 days. When will people stop being so ignorant?

    DUDE REALLY???? EVOLUTION????LIKE YOU WERE IN THE BEGINNING OF TIME…I guess you really are a freak’n monkey thinking like that!!!

  99. ravensworknotsteel says: Mar 29, 2013 5:10 PM

    I thought everyone in sanfran is gay!!!

  100. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 29, 2013 5:46 PM

    It kind of figures the first one coming out would be a player in S.F. A city that no doubt will be much more supportive than some other cities around the league. Just sayin’

  101. critter69 says: Mar 29, 2013 7:32 PM

    dallascowboysdishingthereal says:
    “It kind of figures the first one coming out would be a player in S.F. A city that no doubt will be much more supportive than some other cities around the league. Just sayin’”

    Dave Kopay ring a bell?

    He came out in 1975, ‘only’ 38 years ago. Since Kwame Harris was born in 1982, I believe Kopay came out before anyone, even his parents, ever heard of Kwame Harris.

  102. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 29, 2013 8:29 PM

    it wouldve been a 49er too, next a atlanta falcon will come out too

  103. patriotenvy says: Mar 30, 2013 11:26 AM

    He should leave “youths” out of it. What is he a recruiter?

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