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Ayanbadejo: Up to four players could come out at once

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Many have wondered what the reaction will be to the first openly gay player in the NFL.

But there are discussions based on reducing the pressure on that player by giving him company.

Outspoken gay-rights advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo, formerly of the Ravens, said there are discussions that could result in as many as four players coming out at once.

I think it will happen sooner than you think,” Ayanbadejo told Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. “We’re in talks with a handful of players who are considering it. There are up to four players being talked to right now and they’re trying to be organized so they can come out on the same day together. It would make a major splash and take the pressure off one guy. It would be a monumental day if a handful or a few guys come out.

“Of course, there would be backlash. If they could share the backlash, it would be more positive. It’s cool. It’s exciting. We’re in talks with a few guys who are considering it. The NFL and organizations are already being proactive and open if a player does it and if something negative happens. We’ll see what happens.”

Though Ayanbadjo previously said he could see it happen in baseball first, the reality is, it wouldn’t be hard to come up with many more than four football players in a league of 1,700 men. And having peers would keep any single player from bearing the brunt of the barrier-breaking alone, Jackie Robinson style.

Ayanbadejo said he’s met with NFL vice president of player engagement Troy Vincent, and may talk to players at the rookie symposium.

“I had a great talk with Troy Vincent,” Ayanbadejo said. “The NFL wants to be proactive about what’s going on with players and some of the remarks and incidents that have been happening with the LGBT community.”

The march toward acceptance has been slow, but if what Ayanbadejo predicts happens, it would represent a major leap forward.

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235 Responses to “Ayanbadejo: Up to four players could come out at once”
  1. Andrew Bailey says: Apr 5, 2013 9:21 AM

    This is going to be a way bigger deal in the media than it will anywhere else, I think.

  2. steelersfan88007 says: Apr 5, 2013 9:21 AM

    Who cares? Anyone else tired of this subject?

  3. shartlos says: Apr 5, 2013 9:22 AM

    Just stop. We don’t care.

  4. geeeeemen says: Apr 5, 2013 9:25 AM

    I would be fine with gay players in the NFL. Doesn’t mean it’s not still weird to see LGBT and NFL in the same sentence.

  5. glenne81 says: Apr 5, 2013 9:25 AM

    Would that be an Orgy? No really, who cares? Just snap the damn ball.

  6. flik44 says: Apr 5, 2013 9:26 AM

    I’m really not interested either way in what someone does in their bedroom. Play football.

  7. ickky says: Apr 5, 2013 9:26 AM

    I think when you have a hall of fame player like Aaron Rogers come out, it will be easier for the NFL in general to accept.

  8. commonsensedude says: Apr 5, 2013 9:26 AM

    Can somebody please tell me what happened to make sexual preference politics overtake concussions as the most important topic in the NFL today?

    The PFT “Days Without A Story About Gay Issues” counter is reset to zero. Again.

    Seriously, guys, maybe it’s time to spin up a separate web site to talk about political issues in the NFL and leave the main site for football-related issues.

  9. torero71 says: Apr 5, 2013 9:26 AM

    It won’t surprise me if B.A. is one of them.

  10. csdaddy7777 says: Apr 5, 2013 9:26 AM

    Good for them. Who cares if your gay or not come out and get it over with. If people think there haven’t been gays in football in the past there nuts

  11. tlmoon2112 says: Apr 5, 2013 9:28 AM

    Can anyone explain why we care about this?

  12. pigskinrube says: Apr 5, 2013 9:28 AM

    Thanks Brendan. Now please go away.

  13. niners816 says: Apr 5, 2013 9:28 AM

    And he will be one of them.

  14. sportsmeccabi says: Apr 5, 2013 9:28 AM

    After we legalize gay marriage, can we pass a federal law forcing schools to teach evolution?

    It’s a load of crap that religious schools are exempt from this except in a few states.

  15. dalucks says: Apr 5, 2013 9:28 AM

    Instead of counting the numbers of gays in the NFL, Brendan should have been keeping up with his tackles and productivity to stay on the roster.

  16. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Apr 5, 2013 9:28 AM

    NBC Sports daily gay update.

  17. steelhammer92 says: Apr 5, 2013 9:28 AM

    This site has turned into “Gay Football Talk”

  18. jimmyt says: Apr 5, 2013 9:28 AM

    SHUT UP ALREADY!!!!!!!

  19. cgravyboat says: Apr 5, 2013 9:29 AM

    Brandon Ayanbadejo: stop talking please. In case none of you have heard, the most prominent gay activist in the NFL just delivered a K.O. punch to his own cause. First off, you were NOT released because of your gay activism. You were released because you were getting $1 million in cap money and 36 years old. You are not even a top 100 LB in the nfl, and the Ravens aren’t going to pay you that kind of cap money to keep playing special teams at that age. Period. Now on to the ironic part. Despite OBVIOUSLY being released for on-field and cap reasons, you come out and say: “they cut me cuz I’m gay.” Now, every single owner, coach, GM will have to be more cautious and might pass on a gay player for fear of the “he cut me cuz I’m gay” B.S. You just lost all my respect, and you’re just biter that you lost your job so you try and bring shame on the organization that employed you for 5 years as a special teamer. You should be grateful, but instead you start spewing this B.S. that, by the way, nobody buys, and in the process deal a huge blow to your own cause. Now, you have the audacity to keep running your mouth. I wonder if you even understand the box you just opened, or should I say closed, for gay atheletes…

  20. kacapaco says: Apr 5, 2013 9:29 AM

    I didn’t read this report but want to say F Ayanjajbo or what ever.

  21. silversun60 says: Apr 5, 2013 9:29 AM

    Cue the ridiculous: “Because one of them is him” comments.

    Just because you stand up for gay rights doesn’t make you gay.

    Good on him for helping this move forward…

  22. kingbeason52 says: Apr 5, 2013 9:29 AM

    Why is Ayanbadejo the speaker of all this..

    “We’re in talks with a handful of players who are considering it. There are up to four players being talked to right now and they’re trying to be organized so they can come out on the same day together.”

    Why is it really that monumental? Why are you “in talks” with a handful of players? Just because it is a contact sport..It seems pretty normal to me just another story to get some clicks..

  23. edgarcaetano says: Apr 5, 2013 9:29 AM

    WATCH OUT: there could very well be three relatively unknown guys – you just know everyone’s gonna focus on Tom Brady anyway..

  24. pjrhc says: Apr 5, 2013 9:30 AM

    Who. Cares.

  25. steelernationisuperiortothelowlyplebsofthenfllolol says: Apr 5, 2013 9:31 AM

    I’ve never seen a free agent special-teamer garner so much attention.

  26. mp4philly says: Apr 5, 2013 9:31 AM

    Now I’m convinced. It’s him.

  27. johnrobc says: Apr 5, 2013 9:32 AM

    And Brendon will be the first one!

  28. pgh15212 says: Apr 5, 2013 9:32 AM

    I bet a gay player does not want to come out because of the media attention. All the hounds in the media will be looking to write stories and get page hits at their expense.

    The locker rooms would be more accepting than you think. If the Marine Corps can accept gays, surely the NFL can!

  29. baltimorons says: Apr 5, 2013 9:33 AM

    I’m actually confused….doesn’t Baltimore have more than four players? I’ll go back and count.

  30. mazblast says: Apr 5, 2013 9:33 AM

    The first time some barely-hanging-on openly gay player gets cut, he’ll whine and moan and threaten to sue, playing the “you’re discriminating against me because I’m gay” card. He may even weep in public, since that plays well on camera.

    The suits in the league office will probably lean on the teams to keep these guys, fearing a controversy not of their own manufacture. After all, we wouldn’t want teams to make football roster decisions based on football considerations, would we?

  31. klutch14u says: Apr 5, 2013 9:33 AM

    Maybe the backlash would be more from having this stuff crammed down our throats instead of for what it’s about….

  32. phillipashe says: Apr 5, 2013 9:35 AM

    So if “they” are talking to four guys about coming out, then aren’t they already out? They won’t have to come out. Someone will out them.

  33. 69firebird says: Apr 5, 2013 9:35 AM

    I’ve lost all respect for this “football” site. On and on and on about stupid issues that have nothing to do with football. Seems more like pushing an agenda is their priority.

  34. sanders8920 says: Apr 5, 2013 9:36 AM

    Why is Ayanbadejo making this suce a big deal? First one to come out maybe?

  35. grogansheroes says: Apr 5, 2013 9:36 AM

    Come on now, Ayanbadejo, be the first.

  36. dredddog says: Apr 5, 2013 9:37 AM

    Im not against it at all…but man this is gonna cause a stir in locker rooms.

  37. onearmsteven says: Apr 5, 2013 9:37 AM

    what is there some underground meetings about who and when to come out? i feel like this guy is just talking out of his ass

  38. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Apr 5, 2013 9:37 AM

    He HAS to be one of the few coming out

  39. revskip says: Apr 5, 2013 9:37 AM

    Would be even better than just one player coming out. I hope it happens soon. Progress marches on inexorably.

  40. stillers1229 says: Apr 5, 2013 9:38 AM

    I think it would be great if it was the NFL that set the precedent. Other leagues would soon follow and then we can all accept people for who they are without judgement and get back to playing football.

  41. dwinsgames says: Apr 5, 2013 9:38 AM

    Can’t wait to see it happen. Times they are a changing…

  42. steelnucs says: Apr 5, 2013 9:40 AM

    Please. Stop. It.

    Nobody cares about this except the media.

    In other news, ravenator is changing his name to gayvenator in support of his hero Ayanbadejo.

  43. bhindenemylines says: Apr 5, 2013 9:40 AM

    Whatever. It’ll happen when it happens. Until then, who cares. Sounds like Brandon is just trying to keep his name in the press.

  44. ttommytom says: Apr 5, 2013 9:40 AM

    When I was in HS, no one was LBGT. In college, it was every other person. Obviously, the reality is somewhere in between.

    1,700 men means an over under of about 200. Be best if 200 came out on the same day and life could proceed as intended…

  45. herlies says: Apr 5, 2013 9:41 AM

    “It’s cool. It’s exciting. ”

    Yeah, I’m on the edge of my seat…

  46. jamesx27 says: Apr 5, 2013 9:42 AM

    im pretty sure Ayenbadejo will be the first to come out.

  47. lo6icalvoice says: Apr 5, 2013 9:42 AM

    Ayanbadejo has got to be one of those 4. He’s doing a lot of talking…

    In other news… who cares?

  48. jtchernak says: Apr 5, 2013 9:42 AM

    Stop the gays

  49. brutus3413 says: Apr 5, 2013 9:42 AM

    Enough already! Sheesh.

  50. whatnojets says: Apr 5, 2013 9:43 AM

    So what, they are gay! I am not going to be a judge and jury on this one.

  51. thejabronisayz says: Apr 5, 2013 9:43 AM

    Is he including himself on that list?

  52. greglloydrules says: Apr 5, 2013 9:43 AM

    Now that you’ve been released, those four players are probably giving it a second thought. Brendon I think you should come out too. Just cause you’re married a with kids doesn’t mean that you’re not gay. Many married men have come out after they’ve had a family. I really hope you’re not a hypocrite cause I haven’t seen this much gay pride preaching since Milk.

  53. sun602 says: Apr 5, 2013 9:44 AM

    Hi.

  54. hawks1124 says: Apr 5, 2013 9:44 AM

    And that’s just on the 49ers. Guess JH needs to keep his team away from Castro street. .024 percent of the every teams starting 53

  55. sun602 says: Apr 5, 2013 9:44 AM

    Please stop talking.

  56. jamesx27 says: Apr 5, 2013 9:44 AM

    also, my gosh, just play football. I dont care if players are gay or if Tom Brady is dating a model. You can go to TMZ for that stuff, gimme my Pro FOOTBALL talk please.

  57. crj202 says: Apr 5, 2013 9:44 AM

    Personally idc. I want them to come out so it can stop being a topic of discussion. This has nothing to do with how my REDSKINS are going to win the NFC EAST again!!

  58. classyjacklambert says: Apr 5, 2013 9:44 AM

    I wonder if the players he is talking about are all on the ravens?

  59. hawks1124 says: Apr 5, 2013 9:45 AM

    And that’s just on the 49ers. Guess JH needs to keep his team away from Castro street. .024 percent of the every teams starting 53And that’s just on the 49ers.

  60. dldavidlong says: Apr 5, 2013 9:45 AM

    i like how they try and make it a threat. if your going to do it. just do it.

  61. abninf says: Apr 5, 2013 9:46 AM

    The obsession with this has become bizarre.

  62. slickster35 says: Apr 5, 2013 9:48 AM

    Remember the good ole days when talentless players at the end of their careers would just quietly go away?

  63. godofwine330 says: Apr 5, 2013 9:49 AM

    This is a bad idea. What damned difference does it make of a player’s sexual orientation. Straight players don’t come out saying and wearing t-shirts that “I’m Straight,” so why should gay players feel the need? The only thing it will stand to do is make the players in their lockerroom nervious, showering with them in the room would be out, and players would quickly cover up in the locker room.

    It would be uncomfortable for everyone. The shower would clear immediately once they walked in. The person in the locker next to them would be uncomfortable. No one stands to gain anything from this but attention. Add to it when they get cut it would be a media sh**storm. “Did you cut him because he is gay?” “Did you not extend his contract because he is gay?” “Did you bench him because he is gay?” And you thought the media attention to Tim Tebow was bad, you ain’t seen nothing yet. There is no closet they are staying, it’s just none of anybody’s damned business.

  64. pkrjones says: Apr 5, 2013 9:49 AM

    Who cares what Brendon says… he’s been irrelevant for a decade. Go continue “your cause” in Washington, the further from the NFL the better.

  65. klutch14u says: Apr 5, 2013 9:52 AM

    No pun intended

  66. jimbo75025 says: Apr 5, 2013 9:53 AM

    Geez, somebody really needs to stick a sock in this guys mouth. Constantly pushing ones agenda tends to cause much more animosity than letting things progress at their own rate.

  67. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Apr 5, 2013 9:57 AM

    NBC sports app: deleted.

    PFT has officially jumped the shark, thanks to this gay crusade and all the other political BS.

    All this site does is steal stories from others anyway.

  68. jcaro5566 says: Apr 5, 2013 9:58 AM

    If he is talking to all of these news outlets, isn’t the most obvious question for someone to ask him is if he is one of them?

  69. longdrive2011 says: Apr 5, 2013 9:58 AM

    If we are not supposed to care about someone’s sexual orientation, then why do they keeping taking about it?

  70. lovefootball4life says: Apr 5, 2013 9:59 AM

    As this continues I am more and more pleased BA is no longer a Raven. I have no problem with what he’s doing but I do believe it is not necessary for a player to come out. I don’t care if my doctor, dentist, plumber, co-worker, or garbage collector person are gay so I don’t care if athletes are either.

  71. rickastleydancemoves says: Apr 5, 2013 9:59 AM

    I’ve never seen a straight man crusade so hard for a lifestyle he supposedly doesn’t live. Do everyone a favor Brendon and come out first.

  72. mrposey5 says: Apr 5, 2013 10:00 AM

    Who cares, play ball. We care if you’re good, not about your sexuality

  73. patfic15 says: Apr 5, 2013 10:01 AM

    Stop it. Seriously. What is the hidden agenda here? Everyday now…same articles. How about draft stories? Its very ESPNish

  74. reed20fence says: Apr 5, 2013 10:02 AM

    Isn’t this everything the LGBT community preaches against? Coming out for any other reason than being personally prepared?

    It feels more like being pressured to come out to make a political statement.

  75. joetoronto says: Apr 5, 2013 10:02 AM

    Somebody shut this guy up, WTF???

  76. abqpacker says: Apr 5, 2013 10:02 AM

    Click “thumbs up” if you agree to no longer open/read/comment on article on this topic – so we can get back to actual football.

  77. bechillin says: Apr 5, 2013 10:03 AM

    no one cares, you got released cuz u suck not cuz ur gay. pretty sure we’re sick of this stuff by now

  78. lebronjamesisthegoat says: Apr 5, 2013 10:04 AM

    Who really cares? I’m getting tired of all of the coverage of this topic. Relating this to Jackie Robinson is over the top. If you’re gay you’re gay, who cares. Let’s not make these people out to be martyrs and heroes or something.

    There have been countless gay men throughout the history of the NFL. This group they may “come out” are doing nothing special. Just play some damn football. What does your sexual preference matter? Why does everyone need to know you prefer men to women.

    Let’s not treat this like a Jackie Robinson situation, because that it is not. The whole world doesn’t need to know or care whether you like men or women. Just go play football. You are not being disallowed to play football or anything like that. No one needs to know so why shove it in our face unless your objective is to obtain media coverage and popularity….To me that seems to be the main objective. If you are not looking for the media spotlight to be on you then just not say anything and play football. It’s no one’s right to know whether you are gay or not.

  79. runtheball says: Apr 5, 2013 10:05 AM

    It is a travesty to compare this to Jackie Robinson. Sexuality is a small part of someone’s life. Jackie’s skin was always black 24 hours a day. Someone coming out is looking for attention, Jackie just wanted to play baseball.

  80. mackie66 says: Apr 5, 2013 10:07 AM

    The town crier likes the attention.

  81. stebutt says: Apr 5, 2013 10:07 AM

    Make it happen. It is unbelievable to even be in this state of affairs in the first place. Good luck to them all

  82. anasdonuts says: Apr 5, 2013 10:07 AM

    (does ballet pirhouette)…….”Fabulous!!!!!!”

  83. FinFan68 says: Apr 5, 2013 10:08 AM

    Let it go. The media has transitioned from reporting news to generating news via unconfirmed rumor to pressuring people into making a story. Activists like Abendejo are pawns in the story that are happy to oblige for personal gain. Sad.

  84. RoofDude says: Apr 5, 2013 10:08 AM

    So……. if in the course of a good play, would a typical “pat on the rear” from an openly gay player be considered sexual harrassment..?

  85. kabasaman says: Apr 5, 2013 10:09 AM

    I don’t think it will happen… I think the world isn’t ready for this. I know opinions are changing about the lgbt community. There would be too much media and bad juju in the locker room. If players do come out, I believe they will be ostrascised and black balled. No pun intended.

  86. bmoritz2003 says: Apr 5, 2013 10:10 AM

    SHUT UP!

  87. floratiotime says: Apr 5, 2013 10:11 AM

    Maybe they could form a small improv group?

  88. indywilson40 says: Apr 5, 2013 10:11 AM

    Tom Brady, Phillip Rivers, Terrell Suggs, and Eric Winston. Nailed it.

  89. fissels says: Apr 5, 2013 10:11 AM

    I don’t give a crap

  90. baddegg says: Apr 5, 2013 10:11 AM

    I know Ayanbadejo has a wife/girlfriend (whatever) and kids, but is he one of the closeted gay players? Yes, the fact that you have a wife and kids does NOT mean that you are not gay.

    And if he’s not gay himself, I wonder why this is such a passion for him? It’s cool and all — you don’t have to be gay to be for gay rights. My sister is gay, married, with kids, so that has made me very pro gay rights in my thinking. By the same token, I wonder why Ayanbadejo is so driven for this cause?

  91. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Apr 5, 2013 10:13 AM

    I’m not a gay man, so maybe I’m just missing something. But why the need to make a splash? Why flaunt your own sexuality one way or the other? It should be a private issue just like a hetero shouldn’t pound his chest saying I’m straight and don’t like gays. Play football and leave the sexuality at home.

  92. redandgoldhitman52 says: Apr 5, 2013 10:15 AM

    why is this news? stop reporting this bs. if it happens then it happens , if it doesn’t ,then great. we dont need updates on who’s gay, who’s teaming together for a ”coming out party”. nobody wants to know that there teamates they shower with like to F men.

  93. listenup823 says: Apr 5, 2013 10:15 AM

    Nobody cares…. Football please!!!!

  94. packattack1967 says: Apr 5, 2013 10:15 AM

    Comparing sexual orientation to the black experience of civil rights in America is disgusting and supremely insulting to those who suffered through it. and..these four are being talked to? by whom? I think I speak for many that have had quite enough of gay activism and those, like this author, that perpetuate it as some pressing issue in this country. I have news for you, it’s not. Move on.

  95. sizzurpyum says: Apr 5, 2013 10:16 AM

    Seven more and you have a Powder Puff team.

  96. japmen says: Apr 5, 2013 10:17 AM

    If he was half the player as he was a talker, he’d still have a job. Good job, Ravens!

  97. jagsfan1 says: Apr 5, 2013 10:18 AM

    by anointing himself as the leader of this whole issue – he is actually “Outing” himself right out of the league…

    hope it was worth it!

  98. freddieorlando says: Apr 5, 2013 10:19 AM

    Why is this such a big deal? Who cares about this other than left wing fanatics?

  99. whatnojets says: Apr 5, 2013 10:20 AM

    Ok, I will bite….what does “LGBT” stand for?

  100. justsaynotodrunktweeting says: Apr 5, 2013 10:21 AM

    What would really be cool and exciting is if he would stop talking about this for 5 minutes!

  101. ravenmomma says: Apr 5, 2013 10:22 AM

    Whatever. Just play football and leave your bedroom choice private…no one cares whether you ‘come out’ or not. What difference is it going to make at the end of the day one way or another? This whole story/subject is starting to become grating.

  102. packattack1967 says: Apr 5, 2013 10:25 AM

    Comparing sexual orientation to the black experience of civil rights in America is disgusting and supremely insulting to those who suffered through it. and..these four are being talked to? by whom? I think I speak for many that have had quite enough of gay activism and those, like this author, that perpetuate it as some pressing issue in this country. I have news for you, it’s not. Move on.

  103. enochmh2 says: Apr 5, 2013 10:26 AM

    Come on brendon this is getting ridiculous,you are either addicted to the spotlight this is giving you or its hitting close to home. You a way too proactive in this JUST for equality purposes

  104. baddorange says: Apr 5, 2013 10:27 AM

    Go away. Let ESPN beat it to death and have some of their people come out as well.
    Sick of this whole issue

  105. patriots420 says: Apr 5, 2013 10:28 AM

    Personally I think Brendan’s true agenda is to cross the G barrier so he can smash the T barrier himself

  106. daysend564 says: Apr 5, 2013 10:35 AM

    Ayanbadejo
    Kluwe

    Who else?

  107. alxgmz says: Apr 5, 2013 10:38 AM

    This guy just doesn’t stop does he? At least the camera is away from Tebow and well, until Manti is in the league.

  108. balzer41 says: Apr 5, 2013 10:39 AM

    I think the players that are repeatably talking about this subject must be the gay players. They seem to be trying to make it easier on themselves when they finally admit it.

  109. stillers1229 says: Apr 5, 2013 10:41 AM

    godofwine330 says:
    Apr 5, 2013 9:49 AM
    This is a bad idea. What damned difference does it make of a player’s sexual orientation. Straight players don’t come out saying and wearing t-shirts that “I’m Straight,” so why should gay players feel the need? The only thing it will stand to do is make the players in their lockerroom nervious, showering with them in the room would be out, and players would quickly cover up in the locker room.

    It would be uncomfortable for everyone. The shower would clear immediately once they walked in. The person in the locker next to them would be uncomfortable. No one stands to gain anything from this but attention. Add to it when they get cut it would be a media sh**storm. “Did you cut him because he is gay?” “Did you not extend his contract because he is gay?” “Did you bench him because he is gay?” And you thought the media attention to Tim Tebow was bad, you ain’t seen nothing yet. There is no closet they are staying, it’s just none of anybody’s damned business.

    ——————————————————

    Comments like this are the exact reason why it is important. Ignorance.

  110. rc33 says: Apr 5, 2013 10:43 AM

    For the 50th time, it’s be great if the media would stop telling us how much we care about a topic we really don’t care about.
    Agenda much?
    Come out, don’t come out. Whatever.

  111. baltimorons says: Apr 5, 2013 10:44 AM

    The reason this is turning into “gay football talk’ is because the media and Florio are big libs and trying to get their agenda passed. I have no problem with gays or gay marrage. I just don’t think it needs to be pushed down our throats…no pun intended.

  112. rtant2013 says: Apr 5, 2013 10:45 AM

    For you guys saying he needs to come out are ridiculous, and the exact reason why no player wants to come out. Just because he fights for a cause doesn’t mean he’s involved in it. Maybe he’s just sticking up for what he believes in. I’m all for equality and gay marriage, that doesn’t make me gay. The guy is happily married with kids, and has been openly fighting for gay rights, if he were gay why would he have been so open with this? No one really cares except Christians who try to force their beliefs on others. Them and the media will make this a much bigger deal then what it is, the players and organizations in majority probably won’t give a crap.

  113. phillycheez says: Apr 5, 2013 10:47 AM

    The only thing that hate and bigotry need to exist is someone to perpetuate it. Talking to you Darin Gant and PFT.

  114. shlort says: Apr 5, 2013 10:48 AM

    The teams that employ these players better be ready to keep them until they are 70 years old. If any team fails to come to contract terms with a gay player or releases a gay player, it will be because the player is gay.

    There is going to be lawsuits over gay players being released or not signed to contracts. The door will be wide open.

  115. lolo376 says: Apr 5, 2013 10:49 AM

    Why doesn’t he just come out and say he is already. He’s making up all these excuses, he’s worried that no one why sign him after he does

  116. cobaltdriver says: Apr 5, 2013 10:51 AM

    think when you have a hall of fame player like Aaron Rogers come out, it will be easier for the NFL in general to accept.

    But wait..Aaron Rodgers doesn’t play for the Vikings so that won’t be happening…seriously 2 things here 1.are you like 10 years old?? and 2.when does school get back in session for Minnesota so we don’t have to read your childish rantings and ravings?

  117. oldbrowndawg says: Apr 5, 2013 10:55 AM

    This is what happens when you associate yourself with NBC (the National Bust your Chops network). They can’t HELP themselves! They’re out to save the world from itself, so they put these kinds of things in everybody’s face. They keep this up much longer and ProFootballTalk.com is going into my spam filter.

  118. moneey31 says: Apr 5, 2013 10:56 AM

    florio knows what he is doing. When pushing an agenda, half the battle is softening the audience. so that once impact is made, its not as bad. Meaning, if he talks about the gay in NFL agenda all day, than even though the mass majority don’t care about the issue, they will soften the stance on it because they have been exposed to the concept so much…simply put: WE DON’T CARE ABOUT YOUR AGENDA, WE WANT FOOTBALL

  119. bonerchamp says: Apr 5, 2013 10:59 AM

    I would imagine that Tom would have to come out to Gisele first.

  120. notwerk says: Apr 5, 2013 11:00 AM

    Nope, still don’t care.

    Last year, BA had 43 total tackles and one sack. I thought I’d bring that up since this is ostensibly a football site.

    How many other players that recorded 43 tackles in 16 games are in the headlines constantly? None? As I’ve said before, this is more tiresome than the Tim Tebow crap. Non-issue being hyped by a nobody. Move on, please. More football, less blah blah.

  121. fishfiletkray says: Apr 5, 2013 11:02 AM

    Super!

  122. mjkelly77 says: Apr 5, 2013 11:04 AM

    I wonder if coach jim hairbow will be joining them.

  123. officialmiamidolphinsspokesperson says: Apr 5, 2013 11:05 AM

    Somebody please tell Brandon Ayamdagayho to sit down and quiet his suck hole

  124. oldbyrd says: Apr 5, 2013 11:06 AM

    Disruptive.

  125. mack2x says: Apr 5, 2013 11:10 AM

    steelhammer92 says:
    This site has turned into “Gay Football Talk”–

    Thanks for the chuckle

  126. goawayeverybody says: Apr 5, 2013 11:15 AM

    If Victor Cruz weren’t married with a kid, I would say he was one of the four, simply based on his salsa dance in the end zone. Straight men can’t dance.

  127. rcali says: Apr 5, 2013 11:15 AM

    Please go away. Did you not get the hint from the Ravens?

  128. pillowporkers says: Apr 5, 2013 11:23 AM

    It doesn’t really matter. The majority of gay men don’t care about the NFL anyways. They’d rather watch the puppy bowl than the super bowl. I’m being serious, the gay bar I work at had the puppy bowl on instead of the super bowl.

  129. voiceoreason2013 says: Apr 5, 2013 11:25 AM

    FLORIO — YOU ARE OBSESSED! NO ONE CARES ABOUT THIS OR YOUR SOCIAL AGENDA. People get their moral beliefs from their religion or their parents, not from Mike Florio!

    We all come to this website for football news, but sadly that’s not what it is about anymore. The fact that you compare Jackie Robinson (a courageous black man who broke down barriers and fought discrimination and hatred all because he was born a certain skin color) to a sexually deviant man today who has all of the laws and the media protecting him and bullying Christians and everyone else into “accepting” him is a slap in Jackie’s face. I am done with this website!

  130. kcflake says: Apr 5, 2013 11:26 AM

    Great. Thanks brendan. You are Such a Ray of Sunshine, NOT. I would have cut You Too for being so Vocal. Hopefully Chris Kluwe will get the same treatment. I bet You are one of the 4 players who will come out.

  131. wtfchiefs says: Apr 5, 2013 11:27 AM

    The horse is dead pft, stop beating it.

  132. souldogdave says: Apr 5, 2013 11:29 AM

    I guess he’s trying to be “relevant”, since he was never much of a player, this is how to get press/attention.

  133. therealpittbull says: Apr 5, 2013 11:31 AM

    Every time I post here, I get removed. Must be touching a nerve with NBC. Stop promoting the agenda, and talk football.

  134. godofwine330 says: Apr 5, 2013 11:33 AM

    The comments I made reflect the multiple views of multiple persons in a locker room. As I have said before, a gay person at my job means nothing because they nor I see each other naked in the cubicles, but football, basketball & baseball players see that all the time. Thinking the person next to you may be gay makes a person only a little uncomfortable, while knowing they are makes you a very uncomfortable. Are they checking me out the same way I checked out that slim blond with the heels who walked in the building before I did? Most guys would at least glance at even the ugliest naked woman, so they assume a gay teammate would glance at them and it makes them uncomfortable. This is why it does not make sense to come out during a career in team sports.

  135. therealpittbull says: Apr 5, 2013 11:33 AM

    BTW…The implosion in the Jets locker room in 2011, was behind someone already being out. That was the reason for Tebow being moved to New York, to redirect a media storm. His name carried more push, than the guy who was found out. I have that on GREAT sources.

  136. footballace says: Apr 5, 2013 11:33 AM

    I really want to stay a fan of PFT, but if I keep seeing these stories, I am going to find somewhere else to get my news. I come here to read football news, not peoples sexual preference news.

  137. handsomehawk says: Apr 5, 2013 11:34 AM

    The only guy on the field that would really care would be the Center that had to hut the ball to the Gay QB

    This idiot just doesnt shut up about it. Hurry up and come outta your closest, we all know its you

  138. Waffle 2.0 says: Apr 5, 2013 11:38 AM

    why are we still talking about this?

    Brendan stuck a fork in his own cause when he copped out and called the Ravens out for discrimination.

    Nice job dude. You took an issue that is not an issue and made it an issue and then destroyed any progress made on your new issue by pulling the gay card.

  139. granadafan says: Apr 5, 2013 11:39 AM

    “rickastleydancemoves says:
    I’ve never seen a straight man crusade so hard for a lifestyle he supposedly doesn’t live. Do everyone a favor Brendon and come out first.”
    =============================================

    This is about civil and human rights. Did only black people campaign to end segregation in the South? Brendon and plenty of other straight people see this as an opportunity to end discrimination in society and laws passed against gays by the evangelical religious conservatives.

  140. tvguy22 says: Apr 5, 2013 11:43 AM

    Maybe every single NFL player should stand up and say, “I am Spartacus.”

  141. ziggy26 says: Apr 5, 2013 11:45 AM

    “We don’t care!”

    Yet somehow this article has more comments than 95% of the “real football issues” articles.

    If you really don’t care about this issue, don’t read/comment on it.

  142. vikefan says: Apr 5, 2013 11:46 AM

    im sure it will be taken and tolerated much better throughout the rest of the country more than in Green Bay where all 4 players play.

  143. 11inthebox says: Apr 5, 2013 11:47 AM

    @ cgravyboat who says:

    Brandon Ayanbadejo: stop talking please. In case none of you have heard, the most prominent gay activist in the NFL just delivered a K.O. punch to his own cause. First off, you were NOT released because of your gay activism. You were released because you were getting $1 million in cap money and 36 years old. You are not even a top 100 LB in the nfl, and the Ravens aren’t going to pay you that kind of cap money to keep playing special teams at that age. Period. Now on to the ironic part. Despite OBVIOUSLY being released for on-field and cap reasons, you come out and say: “they cut me cuz I’m gay.” Now, every single owner, coach, GM will have to be more cautious and might pass on a gay player for fear of the “he cut me cuz I’m gay” B.S. You just lost all my respect, and you’re just biter that you lost your job so you try and bring shame on the organization that employed you for 5 years as a special teamer. You should be grateful, but instead you start spewing this B.S. that, by the way, nobody buys, and in the process deal a huge blow to your own cause. Now, you have the audacity to keep running your mouth. I wonder if you even understand the box you just opened, or should I say closed, for gay atheletes…
    ———————————
    Dude, why so angry?

    You actually make some valid points. But in the story I read (and Im assuming it’s the one you read) Ayanbadejo admits that his play has fallen off and the team can get someone cheaper. He says that his activism may have made the decision to release him an easier one.

  144. thebadguyswon says: Apr 5, 2013 11:49 AM

    If anything else, at least this is showing people the lessons of a media outlet with an agenda.

    The readers don’t give a wit about this story, but we get it shoved down our throats. Mostly because Brandon Abadanjeo won’t admit he’s gay.

  145. beneagles says: Apr 5, 2013 11:49 AM

    Because, there is nothing more “cool” and “exciting” than sin. PFT and NBC, doing satan’s handiwork , so you don’t have to. I can’t believe that back in the early days of PFT when Florio came begging, cup in hand , I was dumb enough to actually send him $20.00. Not knowing what i was actually financing was a liberal progressive activist newsletter.

  146. jiveturkeygobbler says: Apr 5, 2013 11:51 AM

    rtant2013 says:
    No one really cares except Christians who try to force their beliefs on others.———————————————Not every Christian is a member of Westboro, thank you very much for painting a huge portion of the country with the same brush though.

  147. metalhead65 says: Apr 5, 2013 12:00 PM

    why don’t he and kluwe just cut to the chase and announce their engagement already?

  148. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 5, 2013 12:04 PM

    One is rg3

  149. therealpittbull says: Apr 5, 2013 12:05 PM

    This isn’t a Christian issue, but a social issue. Stop that agenda too.

  150. titknocker says: Apr 5, 2013 12:06 PM

    Stevie Johnson definitely has the ghey!!!

  151. Slim Charles says: Apr 5, 2013 12:09 PM

    The hilarious thing about this post is the 100+ comments saying “I DON’T CARE!!!” I think the fact that there’s that many posts proves the opposite lol

  152. mgavin78 says: Apr 5, 2013 12:10 PM

    The media is making a bigger deal out if this. And for the most part the public is over it and soes not care either.

  153. rtant2013 says: Apr 5, 2013 12:11 PM

    @godofwine330

    Are you serious? It’s important for a gay player to be open because its who they are, and they couldn’t have to live a secret anymore. And just because someone is gay doesn’t mean he wants to have sex with every guy he sees. Players don’t just walk around the locker rooms naked together, and they don’t just shower together. It’s ignorance like this, as to why no one wants to come out.

  154. eagles512 says: Apr 5, 2013 12:11 PM

    Does this guy ever shut up?

  155. seanb20124 says: Apr 5, 2013 12:14 PM

    Celebrate Diversity

  156. mikel119 says: Apr 5, 2013 12:17 PM

    msnbc FOOTBAL site? at it again..next thay will be bashing republicans..

  157. joetoronto says: Apr 5, 2013 12:25 PM

    godofwine330 says:
    Apr 5, 2013 9:49 AM

    Comments like this are the exact reason why it is important. Ignorance.
    ***************************************************
    If you want to see ignorance, look in the mirror.

  158. goawayeverybody says: Apr 5, 2013 12:26 PM

    Ahem – those of you who are saying Brendan Ayanbadejo was never a good player or that he was released by the Ravens because of his pro-gay marriage stance are totally freaking delusional.

    Ayanbadejo has many Pro Bowl under his belt as one of the best special teamers in the league. Also, he was pro gay marriage years ago. It’s just amazing how some peoples’ brains work (or don’t).

  159. mudhead123 says: Apr 5, 2013 12:27 PM

    There are sexual disfunction’s in every aspect of sports. No different in the NFL. I’m sure there are plenty of sickos

  160. raideralex99 says: Apr 5, 2013 12:27 PM

    I guess now we know why there are changing so many rules lately.
    In the near future tackling by the hips will be considered sexual harassment … I can see flag football just around the corner.
    Seriously nobody cares but it will do more harm then good … every gay player that gets cut or is not given the opportunity to play QB … will play the gay card.

  161. andyisfat says: Apr 5, 2013 12:29 PM

    Go Tebow. Come on out!

  162. andyisfat says: Apr 5, 2013 12:32 PM

    Will Jesus still love Tim Te bow after he comes out?

  163. inyofaceagain says: Apr 5, 2013 12:33 PM

    Enough with the articles about gays, this is getting to be ridiculous! Stick to football PFT or lose readers that don’t wanna hear about gays when they go to a football site.

  164. CKL says: Apr 5, 2013 12:34 PM

    sportsmeccabi says:
    Apr 5, 2013 9:28 AM
    After we legalize gay marriage, can we pass a federal law forcing schools to teach evolution?

    It’s a load of crap that religious schools are exempt from this except in a few states.
    _________________________________
    As far as I’m aware, parents choose to put their children in religious schools because they are private schools one pays to have their children attend. No one is forced by the government to attend a religious school. So yeah… your point has 0 validity. And I’m an atheist who believes in evolution so don’t say it’s because I’m some religion that I defend that practice.

    The fact BA had to come out and clarify his points about why he was released could mean that someone pointed out what it sounded like and he agreed, OR that he truly meant his politics did have a part in it but he wants to play in the NFL again so he’s hedging his bets. I think he meant his first statements because he surely had no problem making extremely inflammatory comments about my team before their playoff game this past season. And after Harbaugh pooh poohed what BA said, BA backed off.

  165. goawayeverybody says: Apr 5, 2013 12:36 PM

    therealpittbull says:
    Apr 5, 2013 11:33 AM
    BTW…The implosion in the Jets locker room in 2011, was behind someone already being out. That was the reason for Tebow being moved to New York, to redirect a media storm. His name carried more push, than the guy who was found out. I have that on GREAT sources.
    ————————–

    If you have it on great sources, then out with it. Who was it?

  166. getyourownname says: Apr 5, 2013 12:39 PM

    Personally, I’m looking forward to PFT tackling the important Lingerie League news and articles.

  167. ducknichols50 says: Apr 5, 2013 12:42 PM

    maybe thats why they call some WR’s a “Diva”……

    i bet at least 2 of the ‘fab 4′ are kickers or punters.

  168. therealhazer says: Apr 5, 2013 12:44 PM

    Wouldn’t it be great if it was 4 TE’s?

  169. mumakata says: Apr 5, 2013 12:45 PM

    officialmiamidolphinsspokesperson says:
    Apr 5, 2013 11:05 AM
    Somebody please tell Brandon Ayamdagayho to sit down and quiet his suck hole.

    ——————-
    As a Dolphins fan and a conservative and a atheist, please shut the hell up. Nothing has ever been changed by the people who sat on the sidelines (no pun intended) quietly. Equality demands activist and voices to be heard. Your lame pun on his name speaks to your bigotry.

  170. thehumanfly says: Apr 5, 2013 12:49 PM

    Charlie Batch
    Jake Long
    Chris Simms
    Magic Johnsons Kid

  171. bigbenownsthenfl says: Apr 5, 2013 12:50 PM

    Gayfootballtalk.com

  172. enrifer says: Apr 5, 2013 12:51 PM

    I guess we now have the first gay team to win a superbowl go Ravens

  173. Mr. Wright 212 says: Apr 5, 2013 12:52 PM

    This dude needs to take his agenda and shove it. Although, “reports” reveal that he would probably like that. His buddies are all trying to get their timing down to pull off this massive “coup.” /eyeroll.

  174. vincentedwardjackson says: Apr 5, 2013 12:53 PM

    Sounds a little gay to me……

  175. seals1 says: Apr 5, 2013 12:57 PM

    It will be three centers and Aaron Rogers.

    My question is what is going to change with the NFL when this happens? Why is this so important?

    Just be Gay already and keep living your life.

  176. browns627 says: Apr 5, 2013 12:58 PM

    4 guys coming out as gay football players…does it reallt matter? why not toss in 4 guys who like the color green… this is getting sooo stupid. our country is falling apart.

  177. purplereign52 says: Apr 5, 2013 12:58 PM

    It sounds like a bunch of women planning a bathroom trip together…..if it isnt a big deal then why is this becoming a big deal….sounds like a lot of drama to me

  178. bengalskuta82 says: Apr 5, 2013 12:59 PM

    My fear is that tuese players will get abused by fans. While I do think that the nfl fans are classy fans in all pro sports, not everyone is sober on Sundays. When someone has too much to drink, who knows what they can say or type.Please don’t make this a big deal..this is 2013 and this stuff isn’t new any more unless you want “attention”. You straight cool and if you’re gay cool. Don’t media involve in it and make it all dramatic coz it not be good for those players and the game too

  179. maxinquaye7 says: Apr 5, 2013 1:02 PM

    i’ve read less than 10% of these comments so i assume (hope) that this point has already been made but…

    those saying that they don’t care about whether someone is gay or not are completely missing the point. this is not about YOU this is about a person not wanting to have to live a lie everyday of their life. if you want an analogy… just think how much better your life would be if you didn’t have to go around pretending you weren’t an idiot all the time.

    and, as an aside, i wonder if this will be one my few comments which doesn’t get deleted by pft.

  180. watermelon1 says: Apr 5, 2013 1:07 PM

    I’m confused…. If ayanbadejo already knows there’s 4 players… Then doesn’t that mean he has to KNOW they are gay?

    So maybe not EVERYONE knows… But clearly they’ve come out and told people.

    Stop treating this like a charade. It’s just annoying, and THIS is why people make it a big deal. “We might come out, we might not.” Sure sounds like people want attention.

    And if you want attention then you have no right to complain about what kind of reaction it ends up being. Whether good or bad attention… You asked for it!

  181. petedutcher says: Apr 5, 2013 1:11 PM

    maxinquaye7

    The lie is that they have been deluded into thinking they were born that way.

  182. losangelesravens says: Apr 5, 2013 1:12 PM

    Look everyone, this isn’t YOUR football site. It’s Mike Florio’s. He started it, it’s his baby, and its the mark he’s chosen to make on the world. It’s probably more successful than anything 98% of the readership/commenters will ever accomplish in their relatively insignificant lives.

    As a journalist, I understand the responsibility we feel to use our trade for good and social progress. For Florio and his team, this isn’t simply a political issue. This is a human rights issue and they (and me) believe firmly in the right of all Americans to “pursue happiness” equally. If you felt that way, how could you not use your social platform to try to make a difference?

    If you don’t like it, it’s quite simple: Stop reading ProFootballTalk. If the issue bothers you that much, go read ESPN. Or better yet, start your own apolitical football blog and try to be better. Just don’t complain about an incredible, FREE sports news service because you have to skip past one or two pro-gay rights headlines a day.

  183. beef39 says: Apr 5, 2013 1:13 PM

    “those saying that they don’t care about whether someone is gay or not are completely missing the point. this is not about YOU this is about a person not wanting to have to live a lie everyday of their life.”

    —————————————————–

    The fact that you don’t run to the media to discuss your love of sodomy doesn’t mean you’re living a lie. It means you’re discreet.

  184. losangelesravens says: Apr 5, 2013 1:16 PM

    And here’s another news flash for you: Online news sites are driven by clicks. They keep writing pro-gay articles because people (like you) click them, read them, and comment on them. Clicks/reads drive ad revenue. Why stop writing these articles when it’s making them so much money?

    These pro-gay articles are top stories EVERY single time.

    Don’t like it? Don’t read it.

  185. Reviews of the tube says: Apr 5, 2013 1:16 PM

    Why does this guy care about gay stuff so much? Is he gay? He has to be

  186. therealpittbull says: Apr 5, 2013 1:18 PM

    @Watermelon That’s the funny thing. They say they don’t want attention, but they make a media spectacle about it. Only when someone dates another mega-star is their dating a big deal Outside of that, who knows who another is married to. That’s why it’s bigger than people knowing, it’s a full blown agenda and assault on traditional relationships. Mind control to get ALL to accept.

  187. therealpittbull says: Apr 5, 2013 1:23 PM

    @goawayeverybody, do you see how people are being sued? I’m not getting involved in this nonsense. They are waiting to make anyone an example, all in the name of agenda.

    But, I will tell you this. Put the thing together, it’s not hard to figure out. Usually guys that have EXTREMELY HOT ladies, then they don’t anymore, are the guys. It’s a set up to show the front.

  188. santolonius says: Apr 5, 2013 1:26 PM

    for all the people freaking out that this site is covering the question of four gay players coming out at once.. try to be objective and get a little perspective.
    1. it is news. whether you want to hear it or not it is news.
    2. there are plenty of other football stories also covered on this site. it is not like this is an exclusive subject for coverage.
    3. the word “gay” is in the headline of the story. if you don’t like to read about this subject, all you have to do is stop reading when you see the word “gay” and move on to the next post.
    4. most importantly, some of you throw such a nasty little fit that it makes me think merely hearing the very word “gay” ruins your whole day. which just proves the point of how difficult it must be for a gay player to come out in this profession. which proves why it IS a big story.
    5. and by the way – if just hearing about gay people makes you this miserable, you are probably just a little bit of a bigot. because that is what a bigot is. don’t let those feeling take hold. it isn’t good.

  189. godofwine330 says: Apr 5, 2013 1:27 PM

    It’s not a secret, just like those who are straight it isn’t a secret. What’s the pressure? Are there straight colors? No. Do I or anybody else broadcast that they are straight? No. So why must gay people broadcast that they are gay? There is pride and there is attention whoring, and broadcasting your sexuality to get peoples’ attention to focus on you is attention whoring.

    Then they are going to come out later when the “Tim Tebow-like” show becomes far more than they ever expected and say, “I want my privacy.” You cannot have it both ways. The media is better off out of your life at such a large extent. Right now there is far too much media attention on famous people anyway. Ask a Jet or a Bronco about the Tebow media craze & they will say it was too much. Any player that comes out will get that times 10. It is not ignorant, it is fact. And then the rude fans will drive you crazy as well. Keep your sexuality YOUR BUSINESS.

  190. spytdi says: Apr 5, 2013 1:28 PM

    This topic is ghey

  191. greysolon says: Apr 5, 2013 1:32 PM

    Wow this is big news… It’s the first I’ve heard of it.

    Oh wait– wrong– I’ve heard it every four hours for the last six months on PFT.

  192. souldogdave says: Apr 5, 2013 1:34 PM

    So, he’s had sex with 3 NFL players?When they come out, will they wear chaps over their jocks?

  193. irishnativeson says: Apr 5, 2013 1:39 PM

    New rule, at least read the first twenty comments before you repeat the same ignorant sentiment as half of the comments posted by the mouth breathing knuckle draggers who beat you to it.

  194. vikingbp says: Apr 5, 2013 1:39 PM

    “cgravyboat says:Apr 5, 2013 9:29 AM

    Brandon Ayanbadejo: stop talking please. In case none of you have heard, the most prominent gay activist in the NFL just delivered a K.O. punch to his own cause. First off, you were NOT released because of your gay activism. You were released because you were getting $1 million in cap money and 36 years old. You are not even a top 100 LB in the nfl, and the Ravens aren’t going to pay you that kind of cap money to keep playing special teams at that age. Period. Now on to the ironic part. Despite OBVIOUSLY being released for on-field and cap reasons, you come out and say: “they cut me cuz I’m gay.” Now, every single owner, coach, GM will have to be more cautious and might pass on a gay player for fear of the “he cut me cuz I’m gay” B.S. You just lost all my respect, and you’re just biter that you lost your job so you try and bring shame on the organization that employed you for 5 years as a special teamer. You should be grateful, but instead you start spewing this B.S. that, by the way, nobody buys, and in the process deal a huge blow to your own cause. Now, you have the audacity to keep running your mouth. I wonder if you even understand the box you just opened, or should I say closed, for gay atheletes…”

    I agree 100%^

  195. maxinquaye7 says: Apr 5, 2013 1:48 PM

    @petedutcher

    yeah, right, so, uh, how’s that stupid workin’ out for ya?

  196. datmilehighswagistoodamnhigh says: Apr 5, 2013 1:52 PM

    I bet there’s more than 4 centers that will come out eventually. But the intitial 4 gotta be him, Tebow, Polamalu, and Kluwe laf

  197. randy001 says: Apr 5, 2013 1:52 PM

    Is bi going to count?

  198. steelnucs says: Apr 5, 2013 1:56 PM

    Flacco
    Brady
    Sanchez
    The Bengals

    Pretty obvious if you think about it.

  199. goawayeverybody says: Apr 5, 2013 1:57 PM

    Did anyone notice how the closer we get to acceptance on a particular social issue, the opposition becomes smaller, louder, and dumber?

  200. toybkshr says: Apr 5, 2013 2:01 PM

    4 stories in less than 24 hrsregarding a 36 yr old former special teemer seems a bit excessive, hope PFT realizes – enough already!

  201. wolverine69 says: Apr 5, 2013 2:02 PM

    its funny the Nfl and most shun open christianity but most can’t wait to for the first to come….the Nfl refuses to show prayer in the middle of the field after a game but welcome this…How mant times have we heard dont force your religion on me from the media and players but they’ll openly force this on everyone player and they should be ok with it…..BACKWARDS.

  202. swaggyy says: Apr 5, 2013 2:03 PM

    Brendan is married with kids.

    But that could mean gay married with adopted kids so who knows?

    I’m gonna guess that at least one of the fab four is Larry fitzgerald, Josh cribbs, Kluwe, or some off brand Center. That would so funny if one of them is a Center

    I personally am very curious to just get a nice laugh

  203. wolverine69 says: Apr 5, 2013 2:05 PM

    THEY clown tebow for his faith..but praise people like B.A. for taking a stand….its all bull…in this backwards country…talk about hypocrisy.

  204. indywilson40 says: Apr 5, 2013 2:09 PM

    Thith thstory fathinates me.

  205. trollaikman8 says: Apr 5, 2013 2:09 PM

    Much like the Tebow anointment, nobody cares. Nobody should care. Please make this end.

  206. nobreak1269 says: Apr 5, 2013 2:12 PM

    Only 1 will be a surprise. Ayanbadjeo-Brady and Goodell everyone already knows about.

  207. baddegg says: Apr 5, 2013 2:18 PM

    thebadguyswon says: Apr 5, 2013 11:49 AM

    If anything else, at least this is showing people the lessons of a media outlet with an agenda.

    The readers don’t give a wit about this story, but we get it shoved down our throats. Mostly because Brandon Abadanjeo won’t admit he’s gay.

    —————–

    Woah…don’t use the phrase “shoved down our throats” in this thread! :-D

  208. footballfan says: Apr 5, 2013 2:23 PM

    Gotta love the fact that the classy ravens cut the guy for voicing his opinion. Great organization there. Cheers!

  209. thehumanfly says: Apr 5, 2013 2:32 PM

    William Gay? Maybe?

  210. andrewsteindione says: Apr 5, 2013 2:39 PM

    maxinquaye7 says: Apr 5, 2013 1:02 PM

    i’ve read less than 10% of these comments so i assume (hope) that this point has already been made but…

    those saying that they don’t care about whether someone is gay or not are completely missing the point. this is not about YOU this is about a person not wanting to have to live a lie everyday of their life. if you want an analogy… just think how much better your life would be if you didn’t have to go around pretending you weren’t an idiot all the time.

    and, as an aside, i wonder if this will be one my few comments which doesn’t get deleted by pft.
    ___________________________________

    I rec’d this comment mostly for the username/Tricky reference, but yeah, it’s not about “you.” It’s about a person’s ability to exist and live life without hate and oppression.

    And you don’t have to be the subject of a cause to join it, so give us all a break and stop with all of the unoriginal comments about BA being gay. Not clever, not funny, just stupid. The man is passionate about an issue, and he’s speaking his mind. Activism is a step toward changing something one feels strongly about, and his conviction is more than can be said for most of us. Kudos.

  211. timbuttrum says: Apr 5, 2013 2:47 PM

    Won’t be ayendendayo, he’s unemployed thankfully.

  212. 1flyboy1 says: Apr 5, 2013 2:55 PM

    It’s funny how people say “I don’t care” or “who cares” yet feel the need to comment anyway. I guess you just feel the need to inject your two cents and show your disapproval.

    And yeah, your hostility towards this entire subject is pretty obvious. OK, you don’t care, good for you. I’m sure LGBT teens do. I know that those gay/bi players in professional sports care a lot. It’s not about you all. It’s about them.

    The ironic thing is, these negative responses here and around the web are a major reason players keep closeted. You’re tired of talking about this issue yet you keep making an issue of it by not being ACCEPTING. Until more people become accepting, this will continue being an issue.

  213. trevor85 says: Apr 5, 2013 3:05 PM

    Dam kwers

  214. ibreathefootball says: Apr 5, 2013 3:08 PM

    Goodell will then fine them for Head to Head hitting!

  215. bensstinkyfingers says: Apr 5, 2013 3:20 PM

    Willing to bet none of the 4 will be tight ends, probably center, placekicker, defensive back, my money is on Polamolu being the first, to break the barrier. Good for them! Now lets focus on the draft and real news.

  216. kenstabler says: Apr 5, 2013 3:28 PM

    This is the way the game is going anyway. In 10 years they will be wearing tights and pink flags. The refs will have to wear back and white kilts.

    Heterosexual players will be ashamed to admit they are heterosexual.

    John Madden dies, and they finally allow a gay player on Madden Football video games, after numerous lawsuits.

    The world ends!

  217. yem123 says: Apr 5, 2013 3:30 PM

    Really, enough already. I don’t want to know who players vote for, what restaurant they like, what they get on Netflix, and certainly not if they’re attracted to other dudes in the locker room. CAN A FOOTBALL BLOG PLEASE BE ABOUT JUST FOOTBALL?

  218. ericn42000 says: Apr 5, 2013 3:33 PM

    Whoooo cares! Find something else to talk about!!!

  219. gosfvr says: Apr 5, 2013 3:43 PM

    Like most of the posters have said
    “Who cares?”
    4 players or 40 or 400.
    Who really cares if the entire league comes out of the closet?
    That would be a little weird though ……

  220. yyyass says: Apr 5, 2013 3:46 PM

    A sportswriter connived the “fired for being outspoken” crap, not BA. He’s just too old to be a special teams player in the NFL and he admitted as much and lays no blame or hostility on the Ravens. By all accounts he’s straight, and with as much flack as he’s taking now anyway, he’d “come out” if he needed “coming out”, so he’s not one of the guys.

  221. sonopazzo6 says: Apr 5, 2013 3:50 PM

    I hope one of them is Tony Romo………can you imagine the chant at the Linc?……….yep, you guessed it…….Eagles Fan here!

  222. blanchonegro says: Apr 5, 2013 4:01 PM

    when is Brenden coming out?

  223. 1flyboy1 says: Apr 5, 2013 4:29 PM

    The comments on here are so hilarious to me. I actually find humor in them. Coming out is seeking attention now…….I guess we say the same thing about Tom Brady dating Gisele. He’s only dating her for the attention. When players announce they’re marrying, they must be doing it solely to bring attention on themselves. Bringing their wife to games–attention.

    It’s sad. You’d think we’d be over this issue by 2013 and people would actually be accepting at this point. We have a long way to go.

  224. nathanbetz91 says: Apr 5, 2013 4:45 PM

    Jesus Christ.. I can understand Brendan for trying to get people to come out so they can maybe inspire others to do the same, but when will people grow up and realize that there’s nothing wrong with it and its only awkward if you make it awkward. You always hear that same tired story of”i don’t want a guy teammate they might look at me naked in the locker room” not all gay people are sexual deviants and don’t constantly think of sex. For example if a naked girl was in front of you and you see her would you just gawk at her like these conservative people are implying a gay player would do? No seriously grow up, people complaining and going on hate rants need to realize gay people are who they are and they deserve to feel comfortable wherever they are just like straight people.

  225. ilovefoolsball says: Apr 5, 2013 4:49 PM

    Tell me more about these…gays you speak of.

  226. sixjak says: Apr 5, 2013 8:19 PM

    Football is football. Keep It Simple Stupid. When I want to expand my knowledge about marriage equality, gender fairness, saving the whales, organizing for peace and yada, yada, yada, I won’t be turning to the NFL and its players who are experts at FOOTBALL. Feel free to come out of the closet now and live your life as you wish, sir.

  227. plymkr88 says: Apr 5, 2013 9:00 PM

    Why is this even a sports story, who gives a crap. Can we talk football please!!!

  228. andyisfat says: Apr 5, 2013 9:19 PM

    Tebow will not have to hide behind his virgin farce anymore.

  229. bills399 says: Apr 5, 2013 9:24 PM

    Its funny, I watch football to take a break from politics. They are completely turning people off to their cause. Its not about equality, its about changing the definition of a word. Its not about tolerance, it’s about agreeing with somebody’s lifestyle. Shut up already.

  230. indyshepherd says: Apr 5, 2013 11:13 PM

    Oh my goodness… I hope it’s Tom Brady. I think he’s so hot.

  231. stevequinn says: Apr 6, 2013 12:20 AM

    I’ll bet they’re all wide receivers

  232. jhtobias says: Apr 6, 2013 1:21 AM

    Really we are still talking about this .. The only losers who care about this are some stupid right wing hypocritical religious zealous groups.

    Just play the damn game straight black white gay whatever…

  233. beastmode5150 says: Apr 6, 2013 1:48 AM

    All four players are on San Francisco.
    Go Hawks.

  234. tackledummy1505 says: Apr 6, 2013 3:34 AM

    Seriously can we stop with this crap. If you’re gay, you’re gay. I don’t have a problem with it, I don’t support it cause it goes against my religion, but even God tells us not to judge, that every person has the right to choose what they want, and last but not least, last time I checked there wasn’t a witch hunt for gays and lesbians. Why is it so necessary for gay or lesbian people to proclaim their sexual behavior? Does anyone need to hear from me about how I like it in the sack? Should people who are into S & M come out and tell everyone that too? Look I get the whole want to get married thing and if gays and lesbians want to be miserable like the rest of society, so be it. I still feel that it shouldn’t be in a church due to the respect of people’s religion, but have at it any other way. Still the need to always make it so known that what you do in your bed is to your own. Why you feel uncomfortable being in any situation in a sport is your problem. Since in half to most cases that I’ve known and been in the presence of someone gay, even in the military, I never treated or acted different around them.they didn’t have to shout it out, but instead showed interest in me, I just politely told them I wasn’t into men and the rest of the night we just hung out and had a good time as friends. There was no need to come right out and poster board it. So you want to go to fight your right in court, go ahead.

  235. revskip says: Apr 6, 2013 3:03 PM

    tackledummy1505 says: Apr 6, 2013 3:34 AM

    Why is it so necessary for gay or lesbian people to proclaim their sexual behavior? Does anyone need to hear from me about how I like it in the sack?

    ————————————————————

    Gay people do not come out so they can discuss bedroom exploits. They come out so that they can engage in the same normal behavior that straight people engage in every day.

    Every time you gripe about your wife and kids, check out a good looking woman, discuss the latest Sports Illustrated swim issue or how attractive the new Miss America is you are coming out as a straight man. All gay people want is the same freedom to have water cooler discussion that involve where they took their partner to dinner without it being a big deal. Basically they just want to be able to be themselves.

    To those who keep complaining about these stories popping up, keep the comments coming. Will only help the stories stay on the front page since these stories are consistently the most commented on.

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