Wade Davis hoping to educate the homophobia out of the NFL

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This time, the NFL may actually be doing more than sending its annual memo to teams reminding them not to be homophobic.

After one team asked Derrius Guice if he liked men at last week’s Scouting Combine, the league has issued the standard response that the question was “completely inappropriate,” and promised to investigate.

But one former NFL player who is openly gay said he’s been in contact with the league to try to educate league personnel on how to make such questions go away for good.

Wade Davis, the director of professional sports outreach for the You Can Play Project, told TMZ he’s planning a seminar now.

“I have been in contact with the NFL and I’ll be running a training/clinic in the off-season for coaches and staff to address this issue,” he said. “[I want them to] understand the physical, emotional and spiritual cost to creating a hostile environment for gay male athletes.”

Davis spent time in training camp with the Titans, Seahawks and Washington, and after his playing days were done, he came out and spoke about the pressure of being gay in the NFL culture. Now, he hopes to help teams understand that, as more and more pressure is applied to the league to make sure such questions disappear from their lexicon.

17 responses to “Wade Davis hoping to educate the homophobia out of the NFL

  1. No one this day and age is “afraid” of gays in the locker room as the word phobia indicates. The question is asked to get a stress reaction from a player and to see who he relates to the issue knowing there are most likely some players who are gay on a team. As long as a team is not eliminating players because they are gay, it is not an issue.

    This isn’t a regular job offering regular pay. These guys are getting millions right away and expected to work in close confines with the men around them. Teams need to be prudent in how they use the valuable limited resource of draft picks and salary cap money.

  2. exinsidetrader says:
    March 9, 2018 at 7:57 am

    No one this day and age is “afraid” of gays in the locker room as the word phobia indicates. The question is asked to get a stress reaction from a player and to see who he relates to the issue knowing there are most likely some players who are gay on a team. As long as a team is not eliminating players because they are gay, it is not an issue.

    This isn’t a regular job offering regular pay. These guys are getting millions right away and expected to work in close confines with the men around them. Teams need to be prudent in how they use the valuable limited resource of draft picks and salary cap money.
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    100% correct. People get butthurt about things they know nothing about. The media picks up on it and more people get butthurt. Pretty soon it cascades into a thing.

  3. Per Federal law, it is illegal to ask the question, regardless of the reason it is asked. It opens up the NFL to a lawsuit if the player feels the question or answer disadvantaged the prospect. All the player has to prove is that the question was asked.

  4. PriorKnowledge says:
    March 9, 2018 at 8:37 am
    Per Federal law, it is illegal to ask the question, regardless of the reason it is asked. It opens up the NFL to a lawsuit if the player feels the question or answer disadvantaged the prospect. All the player has to prove is that the question was asked.

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    You must be young- as if just passing a federal law holds much water (see sanctuary cities), where exactly does it say “you can’t ask the question”, I bet it say’s you can’t discriminate…also typically you don’t have to ask the question it’s easy to find out.

  5. Michael E says:
    March 9, 2018 at 7:11 am
    Phobia stands for fear. Fear and disgust are two different things.
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    To be precise, people often incorrectly use “phobia” to mean “fear” but actually it means “irrational fear” – and thus many fears (e.g. of spiders and snakes) are incorrectly labeled as phobias because many of those critters can actually harm you and so being fearful of them is not irrational.

  6. Regardless of the pay, the NFL is a job, just like working at a finance firm, just like being a firefighter, just like working in a hardware store. The amount of money paid to these guys is irrelevant. CEOs of Fortune 500 companies make way more than the average NFL player, and you can bet your bottom dollar they aren’t being asked questions like this. I don’t care what you’re trying to ”test” the guy on, you just can’t ask that question, period. And not for nothing, what these athletes are paid, while it’s a lot to you or me, they’re still UNDERpaid relative to the hand-over-fist money these teams bring in. I know we want to pretend pro sports isn’t a “regular job” just because we watch them perform on TV, but it is.

  7. streetyson says:
    March 9, 2018 at 8:56 am
    Michael E says:
    March 9, 2018 at 7:11 am
    Phobia stands for fear. Fear and disgust are two different things.
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    To be precise, people often incorrectly use “phobia” to mean “fear” but actually it means “irrational fear”
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    So who makes the rules on what is “irrational”? The media?

  8. Sounds like Wade Davis is going to be preaching religious intolerance.

    Come on people, when most of us meet new folks, do we immediately tell them who we are sleeping with? Does it even matter?

  9. Crazy day when I’m agreeing with a Raider fan. For the love of… Nevermind that might be offensive.

    Could we just talk about football please? I have teams and fans I need to be mean to.

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