October 24, 2002

Former NFL player Esera Tuaolo has told interviewers for Real Sports and ESPN the Magazine that he is gay, becoming one of the first former NFL players to out himself.

posted by rcade to football at 04:18 PM - 5 comments

interestingly, esera has duet with singer suzy k available. i'm glad he was able to finally talk about his real self. but i can't imagine anyone being able to come out while currenting playing, and still being able to keep their job in the nfl.

posted by lescour at 05:33 PM on October 24, 2002

currently, that is. geez.

posted by lescour at 05:41 PM on October 24, 2002

I'm amazed this is still an issue in pro team sports. Surely some pros already know they have gay teammates and don't care. I can't imagine anyone spending most of his time in gyms and other athletic settings and being shocked at the possibility that some of the other muscleheads might be gay.

posted by rcade at 08:25 PM on October 24, 2002

Good for him. I'd imagine that it takes a lot of guts to do that. I always root for the underdogs in sports, like black quarterbacks and coaches in football, etc. It's a tough hill to climb for those guys, and I hope that the sports world will one day catch up with the rest of the planet as far as tolerence goes. I was reading a thread on Hockeysfuture.com tonight, and a guy was in the process of trying to not be banned for making homophobic comments. Grow up. There are people of all types out there, and we have to get used to it. Or else we go back to an all-white NBA. Disclaimer: I'm not gay, but I'd probably be better off if I was. Times being hit on at a bar by a girl: 0. Times being hit on by a man at a bar: 3. I'm pretty sure gay guys have better taste than women.

posted by Samsonov14 at 09:02 PM on October 24, 2002

sammy, you the man. but, be careful what you wish for!

posted by garfield at 11:53 AM on October 25, 2002

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