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Emil Steiner

The author of NFL Crime Watch and Founding Editor of The League.

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It is impossible to understand prejudice without having gone through it. Harder still is being told your ostracism doesn't qualify because it is somehow a choice. I don't know what it's like to be gay or to not be white, but I do get that alienation can be scalding torture for social creatures like human beings to endure. The need to be accepted for who we are is a drive we can't fight, and it is all the more damning when confounded by an identity which clashes against it.

Is the NFL ready for an openly gay player? Yes, no and maybe. Yes, it ought to be. No, it won't come easily. And maybe, someday, we'll look back on our intolerance and laugh, the same way we laugh at all those antiquated ingorances that we weren't mature enough to accept. Not a mocking laugh, but the kind that comes out when we see a child's fear of the dark. An understanding chuckle at the recognition that so much about our unique existence can appear frightening until we are illuminated.

By Emil Steiner  |  June 17, 2009; 8:21 AM ET  | Category:  Emil Steiner , NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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