The League

THE QUESTION

Is the NFL Ready for An Openly Gay Player?

As the gay rights debate spreads across America, has the climate of the NFL become more conducive to acceptance?

Posted by Emil Steiner on June 17, 2009 6:47 AM
FROM THE PANEL

Black Homophobia

Barack Obama achieving the presidency was easier than a gay NFL player coming out.

Posted by Mike Freeman, on June 18, 2009 5:17 AM

Not in the Locker Room

You can't compare an NFL locker room -- the ultimate macho, homophobic environment -- to a traditional work environment.

Posted by Roman Oben, on June 17, 2009 3:46 PM

Slight Movement

The needle has moved slightly, I think, on the issue of homosexuality in the league.

Posted by Liz Clarke, on June 17, 2009 11:13 AM

Someone Has to Break the Barrier

Gay rights in sports will happen as they happen in life -- gradually, and not without considerable struggle, or the courage of the people who dare to be first.

Posted by Doug Farrar, on June 17, 2009 10:53 AM

No, Until Yes.

The NFL isn't ready for an openly gay player. And you know what the only thing that can change that is? An openly gay player.

Posted by Dan Levy, on June 17, 2009 8:53 AM

Time Will Tell

Is the NFL ready for an openly gay player? Yes, no and maybe.

Posted by Emil Steiner, on June 17, 2009 8:21 AM

Come Out of the Dark Ages

It's been 30+ years since I came out, but if the NFL is not ready by now, it should be.

Posted by David Kopay, on June 17, 2009 8:14 AM

Bated Breath

The NFL might be moving at a glacial pace when it comes to accepting gays, but even glaciers eventually melt.

Posted by Jim Buzinski, on June 17, 2009 7:26 AM

We Need a Hero

Don't hold the NFL accountable when its players remain silent.

Posted by Jason Maloni, on June 17, 2009 6:52 AM

No "Gay" in "Team"

It's like having a woman on the team or having a woman in the shower. How can you keep your mind on the game?

Posted by Kenneth Hutcherson, on June 17, 2009 6:36 AM

FEATURED COMMENTS

delOH: Next Question....

alex35332: If there are guys in the NFL willing to accept a basket case like Chad Johnson, T.O. or any of the other 100's of head cases, I am sure they...

damccall: A man is still a man even if he is gay, so if a palyer is gay doesnt mean he wont make plays and do his job....

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