In addition to the Boy Scouts, the National Football League may be the only major organization with a male membership that seems to think that there are no gay people in its ranks, even thought it should be obvious by now to even the dimmest bulb that gay people are present in every area of work and life and the only difference is whether the climate allows them to be open or not. But just as the Boy Scouts are beginning to take tentative steps towards acceptance of gays, so is the NFL. In fact, things are moving quite rapidly over there, with players from both the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers, the teams playing in today’s Super Bowl game, calling for equal treatment of gays.
Baltimore Ravens player Terrell Suggs says that he thinks that and his teammates would welcome a gay player in their midst. His teammate Brendon Ayanbadejo has gone even further, being an outspoken advocate for same-sex marriage and vowing to use the media platform offered by being in today’s Super Bowl game to push for LGBT rights. Other former players are saying that they knew of gay players on their teams and had no problem with them.
The one prominent exception to this welcome trend is San Francisco’s Chris Culliver who said in a radio interview that he did not want gay players on his team. In a telling sign of the times, he was swiftly countered by his own teammate Donte Whitner and even his own team management issued a statement saying, “The San Francisco 49ers reject the comments that were made yesterday, and have addressed the matter with Chris. There is no place for discrimination within our organization at any level. We have and always will proudly support the LGBT community.” Under that barrage, Culliver apologized for his remarks, pledging to “to learn and grow from this experience.”
Yes, the times they are a’changing all right.
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