LOS ANGELES — Outsports, a gay sports-focused website, released the names of 12 professional football players that say they would welcome a gay teammate.
Rookies Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson, Coby Fleener and others joined revered retired veterans Jevon Kearse, Ahman Green and Eddie George in calling for respect and acceptance in the locker room.
“In the game of football, it’s like a war out there,” Kearse told the site. “Once you get out on the field, all that stuff is to the side. You’re on my side. I played in the NFL for 11 years, I’m sure there were at least one or two guys along the line that were gay.”
Though several players have come out in retirement, the NFL has never had an openly gay player.