Former NFL player believes the sport has 'no tolerance' towards homosexuality
Former NFL player Marcellus Wiley believes the sport’s culture has ‘no tolerance’ towards homosexuality.
Speaking to the Huffington Post, Wiley explained: “It would really be tough for a gay guy in the NFL, for the locker room to understand him as a homosexual.
“I’m not saying it’s impossible to pull off, but I’m saying right now the fear of coming out of the closet and more so coming out in the locker room would really be too tremendous to overcome.
“It’s unfortunate because it shouldn’t be that way. I understand that the locker room is pretty intimate. I do understand that there are 53 guys walking around nude at times and I do understand how guys may feel uncomfortable, but I don’t think that it should impair someone’s decision to live their life, have their freedoms and express themselves.
“I don’t know whether that will be five, ten or twenty years from now but right now the NFL culture has no tolerance toward it.”
Wiley also spoke about Esera Tuaolo, who came out as gay in 2002, following his retirement from the NFL. He said: “Quiet as (Tuaolo’s homosexuality) was kept, it was suspected, but never to the point where there was any hatred for him as a person, more a joke, more a comedy that people used to say stuff to him.
“I never thought twice about it until he retired and came out. Then I was like “Wow, they used to kind of make mention of that in the locker room.””
From the Huffington Post