And another one is out of the closet and heading down the stretch. After Jason Collins came out as a gay male professional athlete in a major team sport, it was only a matter of time before others came out. Former University of Richmond wide receiver and NFL hopeful Kevin Grayson has come out.
Mind you, there are a large number of openly lesbian athletes and there has not been as strong a reaction to them coming out.
Grayson married a woman and later divorced her. As for him waiting to come out, he didn’t want the attention it would have brought and has said “You don’t want to be the focus in that way. Not to say that it’s a negative, but when you have people just asking questions about your sexuality and how teammates are taking it, it takes away from the importance of the preseason. If you are an athlete, you want to be an athlete. You want to be known for what you’ve done on the basketball court, football field, tennis court, whatever. You don’t want to be that person who it’s always ‘the gay athlete.’”
Now he wants to come out and be open with himself, others and the world. Grayson, who currently plays for the Parma Panthers out of Italy, had to forgo an NFL career after tearing a ligament in 2011.
Grayson also stated that he saw a lot of homophobia in the locker rooms, but is absolutely certain that there are gay players in the NFL. He will not name names, however.
Grayson has received a lot of support for coming out and even tweeted “Thanks for all the love and support, truly appreciate it, words cant express the feeling.”
The NFL is currently trying to sort out the problems that they face with regards to homophobia in the ranks. It has been noted that a lot of the problem has to do with the image of gay men as being effeminate.
Here is the interview: