Seattle Defensive End: Gay Player Coming Out Would Be 'Selfish Act'
As sportswriters and the president of the NFL Players Association indicated this week that a gay player or gay players may be willing to come out of the closet this season, Seattle Seahawks star defensive end Chris Clemons said on Thursday that doing so would be a "selfish act."
In Twitter conversations with his followers, Clemons said he could not understand why a person would be "coming out of the closet in the NFL." He said a player who would come out of the closet in the NFL would be doing so just to make "themselves bigger than the team."
Clemons insinuated gay players should come out in high school or college because the player just "didn't just start" being gay.
While NFL players like Brendon Ayanbadejo and Chris Kluwe filed a brief in support of gay marriage and have openly expressed support for gay players, others like San Francisco cornerback Chris Culliver have made comments that indicated gay players may not be welcome in locker rooms if they openly came out while playing in the NFL.