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Ryan O’Callaghan: NFL teams would accept a gay player

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Former Patriots and Chiefs offensive lineman Ryan O’Callaghan didn’t come out when he was an active player. But he’s sure that if a player does, he’ll be accepted.

O’Callaghan, who revealed this week that he’s gay, said on the Dan Patrick Show that he has no doubt that in this day and age, gay players would be welcome.

“I’m pretty positive now that teams would accept a gay player. There’s enough guys in every locker room who truly understand and know that it’s not a choice. In society as a whole, it’s OK. I think there’s enough guys that would rally around, I think some would even go out of their way just to make someone feel accepted,” O’Callaghan said.

There’s already been an openly gay player in two NFL locker rooms, as Michael Sam spent time with the Rams and Cowboys and there were no reports of any issues inside either team. Sam never played in a regular-season game, but some day some openly gay player will, and it will be a step forward, not a distraction.

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  1. redlikethepig says: Jun 21, 2017 2:09 PM

    If Brady and Rodgers would just come clean it would make a big difference.

  2. gocaps8 says: Jun 21, 2017 2:11 PM

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  3. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Jun 21, 2017 2:20 PM

    There were never any issues with Michael Sam not because players didn’t think things but because they knew the repercussions if they voiced them

  4. tylawspick6 says: Jun 21, 2017 2:30 PM

    what a great role model

    pure class

  5. burghfanincincy says: Jun 21, 2017 2:36 PM

    If you can play, they don’t care if you’re gay, “out” or not. I’m willing to bet that teammates, coaches, and management knew this guy was and is gay, but so long as he played well (and he did), they made no issue of it.

    The problem is if you’re known to be gay and can’t get the job done. The second problem is a media horde that puts “a story, any story” as its priority over simply reporting on the results.

  6. 1standinches says: Jun 21, 2017 2:36 PM

    Who cares if he’s gay?

  7. fvfcbs says: Jun 21, 2017 2:38 PM

    I look forward to it happening and it no longer being a story. I view it similar to when Lovie Smith and Tony Dungee faced off in the Super Bowl. I didn’t realize that 2 African American head coaches had never done that before.
    Society is evolving, regardless of what some say.

  8. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Jun 21, 2017 2:48 PM

    1standinches says:
    Jun 21, 2017 2:36 PM
    Who cares if he’s gay?
    _________________

    Everyone on the left, because it was never about equality – it is about special treatment.

  9. niners816 says: Jun 21, 2017 2:48 PM

    I like how on some sites people are calling him a hero. Who choose to sleep with does NOT make you a hero. He’s some guy that sleeps with other guys. Want to see a hero? Go shake a hand of war vet.

  10. mmack66 says: Jun 21, 2017 2:51 PM

    Maybe, as long as the media stayed out of it and didn’t turn that person into a sideshow attraction, like they did Sams.

  11. skittlesareyum says: Jun 21, 2017 2:54 PM

    If anyone honestly wonders who cares if someone is gay, I invite you to go visit most any evangelical church.

  12. factschecker says: Jun 21, 2017 2:59 PM

    For those that only read the headline and not his story, he had been planning to kill himself since he hit puberty because he was gay and he knew he was not going to be accepted by family, friends and society.

    I hate the idea that my fellow Americans feel they have to end their lives out of fear they would be ostracized by their fellow citizens. Nobody is calling him a hero. All I see is people telling him it’s OK to be who you are. I’m not going to judge him. It’s his life, not mine.

  13. firecracker87 says: Jun 21, 2017 3:05 PM

    Tired of this. No one “comes out as straight”. Who cares what you do in the bed room? I don’t want to know. And as far as football is concerned; why is someone’s preferences outside of football relevant? It amounts to if the man likes broccoli or not.

  14. charger383 says: Jun 21, 2017 3:17 PM

    would the fans accept him?

  15. RyanToCollinsAndBrown says: Jun 21, 2017 3:19 PM

    There’s no reason to be disingenuous, niner816. People don’t think he’s a hero because he’s gay, it’s because he finally is able to overcome his socially conditioned shame and be open about it.

    Like you, I wouldn’t use “hero” to describe him but I would say his actions are admirable. It’s a very risky thing to do. Even in the land of the free and the home of the brave there are MANY people that are offended and angry that gays (including gay war vets) exist much less participate in society, and probably a significant number that wouldn’t hesitate to assault or murder him.

    Way to go, Ryan.

  16. brewcrewchamps says: Jun 21, 2017 3:29 PM

    redlikethepig- sorry bro they both have super hot girlfriends/wives

  17. defscottyb says: Jun 21, 2017 3:39 PM

    Wonderful

  18. richc111 says: Jun 21, 2017 3:41 PM

    I as sure the NFL will accept a gay player. But the issue comes in how the player acts. My wife’s nephew is gay, never an issue, talk to him like any other guy. His boy friend however is a champion of gay rights and he insists on discussing the issue. On some occasions he ruins holidays. So it isn’t just an issue on if they would accept a gay player. But how does that player act. Does he act like a teammate , professional, works hard, or would he use the position for further the cause. Big difference.

  19. niners816 says: Jun 21, 2017 3:46 PM

    brewcrewchamps says:
    Jun 21, 2017 3:29 PM
    redlikethepig- sorry bro they both have super hot girlfriends/wives
    —————–
    Rodgers broke up with his chick.

  20. neverwave says: Jun 21, 2017 3:54 PM

    @brewcrewchamps

    – those super hot girlfriends/wives are just their beards

  21. kcflake says: Jun 21, 2017 3:54 PM

    Ocallahan should keep his opinions to him myself.

  22. mackcarrington says: Jun 21, 2017 3:55 PM

    NFL players say they don’t care if a players is gay or not, but for every player who says that, there are several who express that they don’t want a gay player looking at them in the shower, or are afraid of what will happen at the bottom of a pileup on the field. We know a lot of players have neanderthal views on issues like this.

  23. genericcommenter says: Jun 21, 2017 4:32 PM

    brewcrewchamps says:
    Jun 21, 2017 3:29 PM
    redlikethepig- sorry bro they both have super hot girlfriends/wives
    ——————–

    In Hollywood (which applies to famous pro athletes these days) they’ve long had fake relationships, since the days of Rock Hudson and before. In entertainment, even Elton John and the singer from Savage Garden had wives. Many of the couples in the tabloids are arranged for PR purposes and have contracts.

  24. pkrlvr says: Jun 21, 2017 4:42 PM

    Everyone on the left, because it was never about equality – it is about special treatment.
    ———
    And everyone on the right that thinks they can “pray” him straight.

    Must suck to be as angry as you. And if it wasn’t for people on the left we would still be living in the 1950s

  25. ringurbell says: Jun 21, 2017 5:11 PM

    He’s probably going to be a packer soon

  26. JJ412 says: Jun 21, 2017 5:34 PM

    redlikethepig says:
    Jun 21, 2017 2:09 PM
    If Brady and Rodgers would just come clean it would make a big difference.
    ———————————————————————
    For those asking who cares, the first comment already is trying to insinuate two QB’s are gay as an insult. Don’t try to act like there isn’t still a lot of bias against gay people.

  27. exinsidetrader says: Jun 21, 2017 5:38 PM

    President TRUMP had an openly gay speaker at his Convention get a standing ovation after saying he was “proud to be gay and proud to be a Republican.”

    Few care today if someone is gay as long as he can help the team win and does not use his position on the team to push an agenda outside of the team’s goals. Why is that so hard for you to understand?

  28. tim8450 says: Jun 21, 2017 5:54 PM

    If you think it is not a big deal, just tell that to the families of the Orlando FL Pulse nightclub massacre, 49 people who were murdered in one night simply because they were gay.

  29. thechickenexpress says: Jun 21, 2017 5:59 PM

    “Few care today if someone is gay….”

    Those few are the ones that LGBTQ folks worry about. The fear is legitimate. If you don’t know that fear, you should mind your business.

  30. slaytheday55 says: Jun 21, 2017 6:14 PM

    He’s 100% right but you know who won’t? Stupid bigot fans the same ones up in arms over athletes having peaceful protests of our countries issues especially discrimination. It’s crazy how quickly people will take a gay player coming out and turn it into a huge news story and boom immediately people will scrutinize every single thing including threaten viewership or diminish his skillet or say he’s an attention me first guy.

    The world we live in its almost impossible to buck the traditional PC trend but people will take the actions of certain people and completely change the meaning to push some of there own terrible propaganda. Myself I’m okay with protest or using your platform to affect change. There will always be people resistant to change especially when it comes to discrimination bc it requires everyone which now seems like people just want to stand on there soap box instead of doing whats right for our fellow man/woman. .

  31. thecape15 says: Jun 21, 2017 6:44 PM

    That is refreshing. I think it was Shannon Sharpe who said he would go after guys knees if he knew he was gay.

    Maybe it was someone else who said it. But it was pretty disturbing.

  32. Ferdinand says: Jun 21, 2017 6:47 PM

    Some teams would be fine with it. Others would make up obvious excuses to not bring a guy in.

    The real problem is the knuckle-dragging fans who would be hurling abuse and anything they could get their hands on.

  33. dadsource says: Jun 21, 2017 7:06 PM

    20 years ago I would have freaked. Everyone was in the closet then. Now that I’ve know several gay people, they are funny, vibrant, loving PEOPLE. I’d hang with any of them anytime over my old church ‘family’ who ditched me while going through a divorce.

  34. getout1 says: Jun 21, 2017 7:53 PM

    the LGBTQ drumming the same old imagined prejudice, the Government and the military has excepted them. You can not force people to agree with their lifestyle

  35. painsyndicate says: Jun 21, 2017 7:56 PM

    slaytheday55 says:

    “… or diminish his skillet or say he’s an attention me first guy. ”
    ——

    Let no man diminish another man’s skillet. I stand by that.

  36. runtheball says: Jun 21, 2017 7:58 PM

    People do not have a problem with others being gay. They have a problem with people telling them what they are supposed to think about being gay and how they are supposed to feel about gay people.

  37. thegreatjimbrown says: Jun 21, 2017 11:06 PM

    “Everyone on the left, because it was never about equality – it is about special treatment.”

    What special treatment is being demanded? The right to get and keep a job, own or rent a home and marry the person you love? Are those special rights? That’s what the fight has been about for decades. Those rights have not been guaranteed to many, including gays.

  38. RyanToCollinsAndBrown says: Jun 21, 2017 11:09 PM

    runtheball says:
    Jun 21, 2017 7:58 PM
    People do not have a problem with others being gay. They have a problem with people telling them what they are supposed to think about being gay and how they are supposed to feel about gay people.

    ______________________________

    If people would stop using, as they have for thousands of years, “holy books” to tell the rest of us what we’re supposed to think and feel about gays, there wouldn’t be anybody trying to counter that garbage.

  39. zenoracledba says: Jun 22, 2017 8:27 AM

    But is the NFL ready for a gay center ? Or a gay QB that puts his hands under a straight center ?

    And more importantly , will Ryan donate his brain to science so we can study the effects of concussion on a gay brain ?

    Inquiring minds want to know !

  40. lthacker28shackman28 says: Jun 22, 2017 8:41 AM

    It’s not a person’s choice to be gay? I have yet to see any medical evidence to prove there is a “gay” gene. Just saying.

  41. FoozieGrooler says: Jun 22, 2017 8:54 AM

    Sure, but just not a black player with an opinion.

  42. savethebs says: Jun 22, 2017 8:55 AM

    I’m sure teams would accept it. But have you seen these comment boards? Lots of NFL fans are not that intelligent.

  43. savethebs says: Jun 22, 2017 8:59 AM

    It’s not a person’s choice to be gay? I have yet to see any medical evidence to prove there is a “gay” gene. Just saying.

    ——————-
    Gonna go out on a limb & guess even if you saw evidence you’d call it fake news.

  44. usedjock says: Jun 22, 2017 9:26 AM

    I don’t care what people try to tell me about gay people and how I am supposed to feel. I form my own opinions and I for one do not care what you do in your bedroom and I don’t care if you are openly gay in public. Good for him coming out and saying he is gay but I would hope in 2017 we could all go ok great and move on with our day.

  45. klutch14u says: Jun 22, 2017 11:17 AM

    Gay people had become more and more accepted every day for decades. It really wasn’t until the last 10-15 years they started going full throttle trying to jamb the issue down our throats that it started making people push back turning it into some hot button issue. It’s the same with racism and pretty much everything else. This sort of stuff has to have a natural progression.

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