Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 3/30/13
The consensus this week has been that NFL players would be accepting of a gay teammate. Of course, there are always going to be differing opinions. Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons posted on Twitter that a gay NFL player would be selfish for coming out. Clemons, who’s recovering from ACL surgery, also said the player would divide the locker room. Who on Gods earth is this person saying he's coming out of the closet in the NFL?— Christopher Clemons (@chrisclemons91) March 26, 2013 @bill0004 If you didn't do it when you were in high school or college then why wait til your in the NFL? Whoever he is he didn't just start— Christopher Clemons (@chrisclemons91) March 26, 2013 @chrismattix I'm not one to judge anyone because that's there personal preference.— Christopher Clemons (@chrisclemons91) March 26, 2013 @ryanjamesdio it doesn't matter how good they are. That will immediately separate a lockerroom and divide a team.— Christopher Clemons (@chrisclemons91) March 26, 2013 @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 @DHforHOF exactly! Leave your love life at home.— Christopher Clemons (@chrisclemons91) March 26, 2013 @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 Multiple players came out this week in support of a possible gay teammate, including Scott Fujita and Rob Gronkowski. Fujita said there would be a bigger problem in the press and among the fan base than there would be in the locker room. Clemons obviously disagrees. I don’t play professional football, but I’m not seeing anything selfish about coming out. It’s been said that the first openly gay major-sport athlete will get numerous endorsements. If that’s what Clemons is referring to, Peyton Manning and Robert Griffin III are looking pretty selfish too. While Clemons is open to his opinion, it’s statements like this that have kept athletes like Kwame Harris from coming out while they were still playing. Harris said recently that he regrets not coming out while he was in the NFL. Thumbnail photo via Facebook/Athletes Ally Photo of the Day Dunk city? More like flunk city. Tweet of the Day Hmm. Nothing officially official yet. But @JackieBradleyJr is going to NYC and it's probably not to see the sights.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) March 30, 2013 Video of the Day Trey Burke, you are clutch.
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