ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — The president of the NFLPA believes it will be a far bigger deal in the media than inside the locker room when the first NFL player announces he’s gay.
From all accounts, Domonique Foxworth’s opinion is in line with the majority and Washington Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker agrees.
In an article on CBSSports.com, Mike Freeman says a current NFL player is “strongly considering” coming out of the closet and will attempt to continue his career.
On his radio show, 4th & Pain, Carriker gave his opinion when a fan asked for his thoughts on having a gay player on a NFL team.
“Odds are somebody out there in the big wide world of the NFL is gay,” said Carriker. “It’s tough to come out with these things… If somebody comes out, I think it’s going to depend on the locker room. There are certain locker rooms that have veteran leadership more so than others.”
The Nebraska product then tailored his response specifically to the Redskins locker room, where he’s dressed for the last three seasons, around the 4:30 mark in the segment.
“If it were a Washington Redskins player, I don’t think it would be a big deal,” said Carriker. “We have a lot of veteran good guys… good veteran leadership on this team.”
The idea being the older, veteran players would make sure the league’s first out homosexual would feel welcomed and un-shunned.
Carriker’s assessment falls in line with that of the unnamed player who fears more the backlash from a blitzkrieg of media and certain fans than from his NFL brethren despite the recent comments of San Francisco 49ers defensive back Chris Culliver.
“I don’t do the guys. I don’t do that,” Culliver said shortly before the Super Bowl. “We don’t have any gays on the team. They gotta get up outta here if they do. Can’t be with that sweet stuff.”
Those comments were quickly dismissed by the 49ers who issued a statement saying there was “no place for discrimination” within the organization.
“We have and always will proudly support the LGBT community,” the team statement read.
Cullins has since apologized for his remarks.
But will this player be forced to “get up outta here” if they decide to come out?
Given Carriker’s remarks, teams and the players association, it wouldn’t seem so.
Instead, it appears that the camaraderie and unity of a locker room may prove to be a safe haven a storm of media surrounds him.