Earlier 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.
@jack_humphreys4 I’m not against anyone but I think it’s a selfish act.They just trying to make themselves bigger than the team.
— Christopher Clemons (@chrisclemons91) March 26, 2013
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.