Brad Thorson, former college football player and NFL prospect, comes out as gay

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    Jul 08, 2014 1:33 AM GMT
    http://www.outsports.com/2014/7/7/5877651/brad-thorson-gay-nfl-football-wisconsin-kansas
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    Jul 08, 2014 2:16 PM GMT
    Cool hope he's not the last. Michael Sam might have helped just a little.
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    Jul 08, 2014 4:06 PM GMT
    WHAT? Gay and played football? Tell me it isn't true! I'll bet he spent a lot of time staring at guys in the locker room after the games! It's interesting that for all those years, no one noticed OR no one cared! Another move forward!
  • fitartistsf

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    Jul 08, 2014 4:28 PM GMT
    A non-story...

    Minimal impact. Doesn't count... He waited until AFTER his pro career ended... Great, he's out. I commend him for it. But since Michael Sams is a current pro player who is out, it seems with this guy, or any gay player waiting until after his pro career is over... too little, too late...
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    Jul 08, 2014 4:39 PM GMT
    fitartistsf saidA non-story...

    Minimal impact. Doesn't count... He waited until AFTER his pro career ended... Great, he's out. I commend him for it. But since Michael Sams is a current pro player who is out, it seems with this guy, or any gay player waiting until after his pro career is over... too little, too late...


    These things go in baby steps. Can't you see that this will make it easier for a current player to come out?
  • Destinharbor

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    Jul 08, 2014 4:43 PM GMT
    fitartistsf saidA non-story...

    Minimal impact. Doesn't count... He waited until AFTER his pro career ended... Great, he's out. I commend him for it. But since Michael Sams is a current pro player who is out, it seems with this guy, or any gay player waiting until after his pro career is over... too little, too late...

    Totally disagree. Until everyone is comfortable being out, it matters. Why hold him to a higher standard than you would anyone else who's found it hard to come out. Every step forward makes it a bit easier for the next. And I like his testimony that while scared, there was really no reason to not expect friends and loved ones to continue to care for him. Isn't that what we all feared? That and career implications?
  • Joeyphx444

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    Jul 08, 2014 8:13 PM GMT
    fitartistsf saidA non-story...

    Minimal impact. Doesn't count... He waited until AFTER his pro career ended... Great, he's out. I commend him for it. But since Michael Sams is a current pro player who is out, it seems with this guy, or any gay player waiting until after his pro career is over... too little, too late...



    Exactly who cares?? Just like when Ricky Martin came out. Everyone knew already, he came out when he was releasing some book icon_rolleyes.gif and he was basically forgotten before it

    I don't care what his issues or anything regarding how "hard" it was, it was all calculated
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    Jul 08, 2014 8:28 PM GMT
    As usual, I go right to google images...
  • MikeW

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    Jul 09, 2014 3:30 AM GMT
    From the OPs Link:

    I'm gay.

    I'm also an athlete. For years, I struggled to unite these two identities in my own mind. Not until after my professional athletic career came to an end did I allow myself to understand my sexuality. Now, three years later, I'm finally ready to share that with people.


    I think public statements like that are important because they exemplify the struggle, fear and oppression so many gay men feel.

    Indeed, our sexuality shouldn't be a big deal, no matter who we are or what we do. But the sad fact is, it still is for a lot of people on both sides of the divide. I mean, wouldn't it be awesome if we could say, at whatever age, "I'm gay," and everyone around us would simply say, "cool, w/e." Unfortunately none of us grew up in that world. Most of us didn't grow up with gay role models. Most of us din't grow up knowing what it "meant" to be gay, except through whatever images the media threw at us.

    We're closer now than we've ever been to having that "its no big deal" world. And that's because people of note and people we've never heard of on TV *are* out. Every time someone has the balls to do it, it gets a bit easier for someone else. This may be *especially* true when it goes against deeply engrained social stereotyping. Because this warrants media attention, there's a new image presented: A gay football player.

    I don't see anything wrong with it at all.