Number of gay players in the NFL continues to increase – add Wade Davis to the list
The number of gay or lesbian players in sports continues to swell. The most recent addition to this list is Wade Davis. Cornerback Wade Davis, who spent four preseasons with three NFL teams, came out of the closet recently.
With this announcement Wade Davis has joined a small but growing number of former athletes that are now publically acknowledging their gay or lesbian status. Wade Davis, who has also played in NFL Europe, made quite a scene in the NFL with this announcement.
In an interview to with Outsports.com, Wade Davis said that he didn’t tell his teammates about his status because he feared the impact in the locker room. Wade Davis, who spent the 2000 and 2002 preaseasons with the Tennessee Titans, hails Jevon Kearse and Samari Rolle as his closest friends in the Titans squad. However, even they didn’t know about Wade Davis’ biggest secret.
“You just want to be one of the guys, and you don't want to lose that sense of family,” Wade Davis said. “Your biggest fear is that you'll lose that camaraderie and family.”
Jevon Kearse believes if Wade Davis had declared himself gay it wouldn’t have changed anything at the Tennessee Titans.
“I know there have been a lot more than just Wade,” Jevon Kearse told Outsports. “It's just becoming more acceptable, which is a good thing so they can come out and not feel secluded.”
Despite the recent increase in players coming out of the closet, there still hasn’t been a single openly gay player in the four major American professional leagues: NFL, NFL, NBA and MLB.
Most players come out of the closet after their retirement. Some famous players from this list include the NBA forward John Amaechi, NFL lineman Esera Ruaolo and MLB player Billy Bean.
There is one man from college football who is openly gay. However, he isn’t a player. The president and chief operating officer of the Golden State Warriors, Rick Welts is openly gay.
Wade Davis’ football career came to an end in 2003 when he got a serious injury during a training camp. Presently, Wade Davis is a staff member at the Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York. This institution mainly helps gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth.
It is understandable why players won’t come out of the closet during their professional careers. However, former players who’ve gone through the whole sports-career process reckon they would have been openly gay in their career if they were given a second chance.