go to MSN.com
Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/20/14

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. @hbonynge No one said anything about be a homophobic.I just think something’s should be left at home. — Christopher Clemons (@chrisclemons91) March 26, 2013 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 Related posts: NFL player reportedly ‘strongly considering’ coming out as gay, fears reaction from fans Seahawks punter Jon Ryan wants NFL to suspend Chris Culliver Video: Tavaris Jackson Hit by Chris Clemons After Interception, Ouch

16 Comments:
  • This world has become a really sad immoral place, a modern day Sodom & Gomorrah. Everyday you hear about homo's and "rights" and there wanting society to "accept" there lifestlye as "normal", and anyone who don't is labeled as "igornant" or a "biggot" The FACT is there lifestyle is far from NORMAL. The bible clearly states that homosexualty is wrong in God's eyes and there practice is " CONTRARY TO NATURE". God is not going to change his position this and I'm thankful He won't. Hono's can change, but if they don't there will be consequences.
  • I agree with much of what you say oldpackerfan. But my take on this is simple. I don't need to know what someones sexual preference is. It should not be publicized or talked about in the media. Whatever consenting adults do behind closed doors is their business. If they are judged harshly by God then they brought it on themselves. But I for one am tired of hearing about it and just wish people would keep their preferences to themselves. After all, we can only decide for ourselves how to live, we should not be deciding for others.
  • I disagree with what you both say, you must remember that every person deserves to be treated equally and fairly. How fairly or equally treated is a person who is gay or lesbian treated if they have to keep their love hidden from the world. Hetero's flaunt their love everyday by holding hands, kissing and groping in public, but the gay community has to keep it "in the closet." Come on! I am not gay and don't agree with it, but as the saying goes, the heart wants what the heart wants. Now, I don't want my kids, or myself for that matter, seeing publicly obscene displays of affection from anyone, because there is a time and place for that for anybody, but to tell a certain group of people they need to keep it hidden over another is wrong. Perhaps this player should not openly admit to being gay by having a news conference, because that may pose distractions to the team as Clemens says, but what difference would it make if he was seen in public, like any other hetero male walking hand in hand with his partner, or giving his loved one a big smooch as we all do in public on occasion. As far as the bible or any religion is concerned, let people be judged by the one to judge. If they are meant to live a life in hell so be it. All religions teach tolerance, yet the religious show no tolerance.
  • I don't need to know what someones sexualpreference is. It has zero affect on my life.
  • The world has evolved into what it is because we are all animals. Following what some people wrote to control the population thousands of year ago is ridiculous. But, you just keep on believing in your happy littl fairy tale and I will let you know when thumbilina shows up.
  • What do I think? I'm for equality per se but not in gay rights. To each his own, but I still feel it's an abnormality. And to be expecting equal rights is just carrying everything too far. I would not want to be sitting on a supreme court right now.
  • You dont beleive in gay rights huh? I'm a straight man that does believe in them, because they f@ckin exist, unlike a man that supposedly walked on water. Let me know when your white hood and robes come out of the dryer.
  • Well if it walks like a duck...ignorant and biggot fit pretty well.

    ...And the Bible is not clear on the subject at all. Only your spun and uneducated interpretation says so.

    Coming out may not be a good idea, but not for the reasons you or Clemons have stated. I used to be a big Clemons fan, not so much anymore.
  • Leviticus 18:22; Romans 1:27; 1 Corinthians 6:9; 1 Timothy 1:10; Jude 1:7. God is REAL CLEAR on this subject. Love the sinner hate the sin. But don't think Chris meant it in this light. This "community" thinks they deserve equality, Chris is in his right to speak his mind. We're either for God or against Him. It's not for any of us to judge another. I don't think Chris is judging the person, just saying saying there is a time and season to all things. Well done Chris.
  • Who T F care what T F the bible says? Whatever T F you want or anyone else wants to believe can be contrived in some way shape or form from the iron-age babble in the bible.
  • Mr. Clemons minght want to concider leaving His African American heritage at home.It wasn't to long ago that people of a diffent heritage wre told to do the same thing.Diversity among all in any race,creed,or orientation.
  • Please don't use the black struggle to make a point about homosexuality. You can't take off a skin tone. while I don't believe in homosexuality, I do believe people have the right to love who they want to. I'm not God and I will leave the judging to him. But one thing that I must say is, I do believe personal relationships and business should be kept out of the game. I hated it as a kid when I found out my favorite players were a womanizers, drug addicts, or pricks. It put chinks in their armors and changed how I viewed them.
  • Another example of irresponsible journalism. Clemons made it clear, by this player coming out, it would be a distraction to the team. It's those of you that cannot read beyond the word 'gay' that are calling him a homophobe. If a player came out in the NFL, it would be a fxcking circus, and some players just want to play football. When one player puts themselves above the team, it works against 'the team'. I get it, and I agree, and I am in no way, no shape, no how, homophobic. Kudos to Chris for saying something intelligent. Shame on those of you that are putting words in his mouth and judging him for your own inability to understand his reasoning.
  • Some players want to just play football? Then just f*ckin play footbal! Dont worry about who anothr player wants to bump naughty part with. I'm sure there are players out there that are banging trannies on the road and his teammates know about it. Who the hell cares who anyone has sex with? Just play the goddamn game. Putting themselves above the team by saying who they are attracted to? So wait, do I kill myself or do you? Because we both cant be on this planet together. A person coming out in no way says they are better than the team. Someone coming out in the NFL is nowhere near what ochocinco, owens,moss, or burress have done to their teams. Argument debunked with those players alone.
  • I've learned that when don't say something that is agreeing with homosexuality you are a bigot. I actually support gay rights but If i type that I don't agree with certain aspect, then I am labeled a bigot.
  • I really don't came if the man is gay or straight as long as he's a good player. For all the bible thumping comments that were posted here you sound like old bigots.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: WWE officials believe Brock Lesnar is returning to UFC

Lovie Smith denies Bucs tanked to secure #1 pick in 2015 Draft

Report: Jets will fire Rex Ryan, GM John Idzik on Monday

Braxton Miller has 'expressed interest' in Duke transfer?

Jim Harbaugh, 49ers mutually part ways

Mike Wallace benched for disciplinary reasons

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Browns owner sends stern message to Johnny Manziel

Report: Ray Allen is leaning toward retirement

Ravens clinch playoff spot

DeMarco Murray, Dez Bryant set Cowboys records in win

Report: Browns feel Josh Gordon 'has to go'

Jets contacted Rex Ryan's agent about replacements for him

The five most pleasant surprises of 2014

10 takeaways from NFL Week 17

WATCH: Mike Tomlin goes after Reggie Nelson after game

WATCH: Ndamukong Suh steps on Aaron Rodgers

Nation's top recruit says he won't follow Jim Harbaugh

Eric Decker's wife was concerned about hubby's groin

WATCH: Lamar Miller has longest run in Dolphins history

WATCH: Pats fans serenade Pete Frates with 'Happy Birthday'

Harbaugh rumors affecting Mich. basketball ticket prices?

WATCH: Dez Bryant burns Redskins defender for TD

Detroit bar offering free food, booze if Lions beat Packers

Jameis Winston: I would throw in Richard Sherman's direction

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
RUMORS & GOSSIP

Report: WWE officials believe Brock Lesnar is returning to UFC

Brock Lesnar may be planning a return to the UFC. According to the latest installment of the Wrestling Observer Letter, WWE officials believe Lesnar will be returning to the octagon when his WWE contract expires in March. “The Lesnar people always keep things quiet, but within the company, the belief is that he’s going back...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 hour ago

Lovie Smith denies Bucs tanked to secure #1 pick in 2015 Draft

  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers locked up the number one overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft today, after falling to the New Orleans Saints 23-20. Bucs led by 13 heading into the fourth quarter, but that lead went away after Lovie Smith made some questionable substitutions. It led for some people to wonder if they were tanking. Smith denied those reports. “It had nothing to do...
Via BlackSportsOnline
13 hours ago

Report: Jets will fire Rex Ryan, GM John Idzik on Monday

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that the Jets will move swiftly and fire HC Rex Ryan and GM John Idzik. Mortensen reported earlier in the day that Ryan was hoping to get a quick resolution regarding his status, so he can move on to a new job if he’s fired. Ryan should find some interest, but there has been plenty of talk that he could elect to take a job in television...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
10 hours ago

Braxton Miller has 'expressed interest' in Duke transfer?

Twitter/Miller Back in August, when Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller was ruled out for the season after suffering a shoulder injury, most Buckeyes fans figured the 2014 campaign was going to be one to forget. Instead, backup J.T. Barrett, who in the process re-wrote the school’s record books, led OSU to an undefeated regular season. And after Barrett went down with a broken...
Via College Spun
14 hours ago

Jim Harbaugh, 49ers mutually part ways

Jim Harbaugh officially is unemployed.   Less than an hour after beating the Arizona Cardinals in their season finale, the San Francisco 49ers agreed to mutually agreed to part ways with their head coach, 49ers CEO Jed York announced in a statement. Harbaugh had one season left on his 5-year, $25 million contract. “Jim and I have come to the conclusion that it is in our mutual...
Via NESN.com
13 hours ago

Mike Wallace benched for disciplinary reasons

Mike Wallace was one of the best offensive players the Miami Dolphins had this season, but you would never have known it if you watched the team’s final game of the year on Sunday. Wallace, who had a team-high 10 touchdown receptions in 2014, was benched for the entire second half against the New York...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 hours ago

Browns owner sends stern message to Johnny Manziel

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam sent a stern message to Johnny Manziel, Josh Gordon and Justin Gilbert about being more professional moving forward. The owner also threatened to cut the players if they do not clean up their acts. Here are Haslam’s comments to his team via the Akron Beacon Journal. “I think is the...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 hours ago

Report: Ray Allen is leaning toward retirement

  There likely are a number of NBA teams that would love to have Ray Allen’s services. Unfortunately, it appears they all might be out of luck.   The 39-year-old free agent is leaning towards retiring from the NBA rather than attempt to sign with a team for the second half of the season, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported recently, via ESPN Cleveland. Allen last played...
Via NESN.com
16 hours ago

Ravens clinch playoff spot

By virtue of a win over the Cleveland Browns and the San Diego Chargers’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, John Harbaugh and the Baltimore Ravens are back in the playoffs after a year hiatus. It wasn’t pretty against Cleveland, but the Ravens did just enough to get the final seed in the AFC, which will likely pit them against the winner of the Steelers-Bengals game Sunday evening...
Via Sportsnaut
16 hours ago

DeMarco Murray, Dez Bryant set Cowboys records in win

The Dallas Cowboys’ offense had a record-breaking Sunday. At the end of the first quarter of their matchup with the Washington Redskins, DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant broke two Cowboys records on consecutive plays. Murray took off on a 32-yard run, giving him 1,798 rushing yards on the season to top Emmitt Smith’s 1,773.     This embed is invalid   " /> ...
Via NESN.com
17 hours ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.