Seahawks DE Chris Clemons: Gay NFL player coming out would be a ‘selfish act’

Chris-Clemons-SeahawksEarlier this week, a report speculating that a current NFL player is “strongly considering” coming out as gay within the near future created a lot of buzz. There are many people who feel an openly gay NFL player would not be accepted among his teammates, while others insist that coming out would be a brave act that would help pave the way for equality. Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons believes gay NFL players should remain quiet.

“Who on Gods earth is this person saying he’s coming out of the closet in the NFL?” Clemons wrote on Twitter Tuesday.

Following that question, Clemons made it clear that he feels it would be a bad idea for a player to admit that he’s gay.

It’s easy to understand why his comments were seen as offensive. However, Clemons later insisted that he would have no problem with a gay teammate and is not homophobic — he just thinks personal stuff like that should be left at home.

Basically, Clemons is trying to say that no player should talk about their sexual preference or anything that pertains to it. If he’s not homophobic but thinks gay athletes should remain in the closet, he must also believe players have no business talking about women they have dated. We all know that would never happen, since many players do things like openly discuss their relationships and post pictures of their girlfriends on Twitter.

Again, we have a player who reaffirms why gay NFL players are afraid to come out. And it’s not just football, as this former MLB pitcher made a very similar argument about gay baseball players. Players like Brendon Ayanbadejo continue to fight for equal rights, but comments like the ones we heard from Chris Culliver and the ones Clemons made prove there are still obstacles to be dealt with.

H/T Huffington Post

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  • http://www.facebook.com/david.wafford1 David Wafford

    Gays….just stay in the closet and leave all the drama at home,the last thing an NFL team needs is the media circus that would come with a gay team mate. Thats the point Clemons was making.

  • DVSlb

    Oh, right, because straight players NEVER create drama with their multiple baby-mamas and domestic violence charges..

  • Alex

    DVSlb, why would he need to come out? Obviously his family and friends probably already know, if not, obviously it’s no ones business but his to tell them. But to throw that kind of stuff on Twitter to announce it to the whole world WOULD make him the centerfold of the team. There would be so many reporters and cameras flooding the locker rooms and trying to interview so many players about what they think, and etc. It would be irksome for a locker room, I can definitely see where he’s coming from. If he’s gay, that’s fine. But he doesn’t need to blast it. It’s completely different than talking about your “baby mama”. Because being gay is a completely different subject. It would cause a media shitstorm. And it really would probably be a distraction. Not the gay player. But the media and..well..you get the picture.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kr8caos2 Dennis Livingston

    Not really for or against it either way, but I do agree certain individuals flaunt it to be noticed. To be honest, I don’t have a problem with straight, gays, bi-sexual, transsexual or whatever floats your boat. Just don’t get in my face about it and I’m sure its probably the same way in the NFL. But one things true, you cant be ridiculed if you keep your own business to yourself.

  • JACK


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    amen…DAVID WAFFORD.. GOD created ADAM and EVE not ADAM and STEVE…. read LEVITICUS 20 VS 13

  • disqus_t3J1WXSyS3

    i fully support CHRIS CLEMONS

  • cubs88

    god dosent exsit. adam and eve are fictional propaganda from the fictional anthology. wake up.

  • disqus_t3J1WXSyS3

    CUBS 88 you must be a gay person because anybody who tells a gay person the truth they attack the bible and GOD well this world didnt make itself who do you think gave you life a fish lol… wake up a hurricane that hits NEW YORK and f 4 tornado that hits in Mississippi,, metators falling from the sky,, sink holes swallowing up people,, do you honestly this all this is just a coincidence?? you better wake up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • teboq

    There isn’t anything wrong with Tim Tebow for example being so vocal with his religious beliefs, but it creates a media circus that can be a distraction to the team. Ideally if a player came out, he should just make it a low key thing and not have a press conference. What will piss off the team is if he’s gay and A. isn’t very good and B. disrupts the locker room atmosphere by making players be careful with their locker room conversation.

  • Hawkfan555

    I’ve always loved Chris Clemons style of football and can’t wait until he’s back on on the field. I didn’t realize he was so wise and well-thought through. He’s absolutely right. A player trying to climb on top of the NFL stage to “announce” who he’s #$%#-ing in the bedroom has the exclusive purpose of drawing attention to himself. And then you all go into the locker room and undress, knowing by your doing that you are arousing him (I know we physically had that problem in high school with a couple guys). Sorry, but if I’m arousing guys around me, I don’t want to know about it. My wife feels the same way. Keep it to yourself.

  • Tim Vronay

    if nfl players come out, there will soon be multiple lawsuits cause these outed players will sue their fellow teammates for looking at them in the locker room

  • http://www.facebook.com/rick.seelbinder.3 Rick Seelbinder

    this is a tough question to answer. i would like equal rights to be followed, but that’s just not something that would happen right now. i was in the army, which had the don’t ask don’t tell policy. they revoked that and now allow openly gay to serve. that is good, but only in certain circumstances. certain factions of the military need training on how to deal with gays and lesbians, latrine situations need to be figured out, and several years of counseling need to be implemented so these soldiers don’t go back to the mindset they had. kinda like a drug addict or alcoholic. i can see a NFL locker room having the same sort of stigma that a military bunker has. might look nice and photogenic on the outside, but could be hell for some on the inside. for someone to just, come-out, would be brave. it could also be costly for the team. i think counseling, classes for the players, and also some form of education for the fans, that way, a few years from now, maybe it will be ok to come-out. that’s my 2 cents!

  • Stew


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    When players keep their religious and political views to themselves and don’t force it upon us all the time in interviews, then they can tell another player to keep his being gay personnel and be quiet. It would be big news with lots of media, so was Jackie Robinson. If you say they are not the same, then you are being bigoted. Inequality is wrong in a nation that spouts freedom and justice for all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000885709580 Restore America

    totally disagree with you. It is the supposedly straight players that will have issues complaining that a gay player is looking at them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000885709580 Restore America

    Wow complete ignorant statement. No gay guy is going to be aroused by a 300lb fat football player. The main reason a player would announce that he is gay is because the majority of atheletes make degrading comments to each other even in jest about gays ect… If the player stays in the closet he continues has to endure these comments but if he announces that he is gay hopefully the others would then think before making rude comments. Your statement indicates that you yourself have feelings that are unresolved regarding homosexuality. Any guy that is 100% straight has no problem being admired by somebody who is gay. The only individuals that would have that problem are males that are not secure in their own sexuality and know that if they were drunk they probably would not say no to a homosexual encounter because they are actually curious and they could then just say it wasn’t really me since I was drink and impaired.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000885709580 Restore America

    Straight athletes create more of a media circus by DUI, wife beating, drugs, assaults, committing murder, tax evasion, tattoo’s than a gay player ever could by coming out of the closet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000885709580 Restore America

    One of the main reasons to come out of the closet is to show America and the world that even though you are gay, you are not impregnating anything that walks by like the majority of the …… ……… athletes, you don’t have issues with drugs or alcohol like the majority of the ……. ……….. athletes. The main reason that athletes are complaining about a gay player coming out is that they don’t want anyone that leads a more positive productive life taking away possible endorsements from them since the gay athlete has more morals and standards than the rest of the NFL.

  • Cheney-T9000

    kill yourself immediately.