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#1 ChevyVanMiller

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 04:53 PM

http://www.nfl.com/n...-saying-hes-gay

If it was a Bill would it change your opinion of him?

#2 Wickedmick

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 04:56 PM

I always knew Brady's marriage was a sham....

#3 wonderbread

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 04:56 PM

Honestly who cares anymore.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 04:58 PM

Do we even need a thread to discuss this?

#5 Kelly the Dog

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 04:58 PM

I, for one, would probably think more highly of him, and think he was likely one of the toughest players on the team.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 05:01 PM

He better be able to handle a ton of pressure.  He's going to be the biggest story in the world next year.  You'll have your share of !@#$s but I'd be willing to bet the locker room will be behind him 100%.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 05:04 PM

Gilmore thread??

#8 Matt in KC

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 05:06 PM

I would completely respect a Buffalo Bills player for coming out.  Unfortunately, the first player will draw a lot of attention, which could be a significant distraction.  Hopefully a player comes out, then is followed quickly by a handful of others on other teams to diffuse the atttention.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 05:10 PM

View PostKelly the Dog, on 26 March 2013 - 04:58 PM, said:

I, for one, would probably think more highly of him, and think he was likely one of the toughest players on the team.

Agreed.

I also hope that whomever he is is already considered "tough," because I think it could be a step backward if it was a kicker for example.

I wouldn't want that to reinforce any stereotypes along the lines of "yeah, you can be a gay NFL player... but still a sissy one," or something like that.

Maybe that's shallow to say, but I think it reflects the reality of the situation.


View PostMatt in KC, on 26 March 2013 - 05:06 PM, said:

I would completely respect a Buffalo Bills player for coming out.  Unfortunately, the first player will draw a lot of attention, which could be a significant distraction. Hopefully a player comes out, then is followed quickly by a handful of others on other teams to diffuse the atttention.

That would be amazing. What better way to combat the ostracization (real or perceived) by being one of many, not just a "token" gay player.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 05:10 PM

as long as hes not a red haired white male im ok with it

#11 Kirby Jackson

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 05:12 PM

Honestly who cares if a guy is gay?  It is 2013.  With that being said if a guy comes out I hope that he is on the Pats :w00t:

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 05:12 PM

Aikman is going to be so proud.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 05:16 PM

There's probably an Adam James joke in here somewhere.....

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 05:22 PM

View PostKelly the Dog, on 26 March 2013 - 04:58 PM, said:

I, for one, would probably think more highly of him, and think he was likely one of the toughest players on the team.

I think it could be a tough guy, a wimp or anywhere in between.  I think he should be able to keep his sexuality to himself or be open with it but I don't think coming out itself proves he is tough.  I'm sure he will take a lot of grief but also get a lot of positive press.  Jackie Robinson was TOUGH.  This guy will not be in the same galaxy.  That is not a criticism.  I think it is good that things like this are easier than they used to be but there is no denying they are easier.

For some pure speculation:

I am pretty good at figuring out and predicting things.  For instance I was able to predict 4 straight NBA champions at one time.  Not once each year but the next four in a row.  Ask Buftex or look it up.  In year one I predicted it would be an unusual team for year 3 but I did not know which one.  When year 3 rolled around I favored  the Mavericks.  You know why?  Because I saw that Mark Cuban had finally sold out to Stern and joined an ABC TV show called Shark Tank to show his loyalty and help the NBA's broadcast partner.  

A few weeks ago I was watching The Office.  Jim got called into a conference call with an NFL player as part of the script.  That NFL player is far from a top name player.  Other than it being Philadelphia and the player being an Eagle there was no connection whatsoever.  There were 50 other Eagles whose names could have been used and it didn't have to be an Eagle at all.  Instead they used him.  Why?  Could he be on the verge of making news?  We'll see.

P.S.  The speculation is just speculation.  And I do think whichever player comes out has to have a certain degree of guts to do it.  I just don't think they're Jackie Robinson level guts.

View PostSimon, on 26 March 2013 - 05:16 PM, said:

There's probably an Adam James joke in here somewhere.....

Or you could just say you bet it is someone who plays for Green Bay.

Edited by 4merper4mer, 26 March 2013 - 05:20 PM.


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Posted 26 March 2013 - 05:22 PM

Does being gay make him any slower, any weaker, or any less able to perform his position skills then before WE KNEW he was gay?
Honestly it is good for gay rights and good for humanity. What a man does behind behind closed doors is his right as long as they are not infringing on anyone elses rights.
I hope his team mates support him and act like mature professionals about it.

Edited by atlbillsfan1975, 26 March 2013 - 05:23 PM.


#16 Mark Vader

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 05:23 PM

In that article it states that some players are in support of the supreme court overturning Proposition 8 in California. I wonder if any players are in support of the supreme court in not overturning Proposition 8?

Edited by Mark Vader, 26 March 2013 - 05:24 PM.


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Posted 26 March 2013 - 05:24 PM

Why are there NFL players in my closet?

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 05:25 PM

View Postjeremy2020, on 26 March 2013 - 05:24 PM, said:

Why are there NFL players in my closet?
Has Mike Leach been at your house recently?

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 05:27 PM

View Postjeremy2020, on 26 March 2013 - 05:24 PM, said:

Why are there NFL players in my closet?

It's a magic closet.

Seriously, aren't all NFL players gay? With all that butt slapping and standing around in a room full of naked men after the game?

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 05:30 PM

View Postkas23, on 26 March 2013 - 05:27 PM, said:

It's a magic closet.

Seriously, aren't all NFL players gay? With all that butt slapping and standing around in a room full of naked men after the game?

They get paid for it as well, so it's prostitution as well.