Posted by: Rainbow411 / GSHRadio on 09/01/2017

Aaron Rodgers: I Think The NFL Is ‘Getting Closer’ To Welcoming A Gay Player

Aaron Rodgers: I Think The NFL Is ‘Getting Closer’ To Welcoming A Gay Player

By Curtis M. Wong - QUEER VOICES 08/31/2017 04:22 pm ET Updated 10 hours ago 

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been an outspoken critic of the casual homophobia often expressed during athletic events. Fortunately, he believes the sports world is becoming more inclusive, and that teams are getting closer to fully accepting an openly gay player. 

In a wide-ranging ESPN interview, the 33-year-old shared his thoughts on Ryan O’Callaghan, the retired New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs tackle who came out as gay in an interview with Outsports in June. Rodgers said he was “incredibly proud” of O’Callaghan, who was his college teammate at the University of California, Berkeley from 2003 to 2004. 

“I know he had a lot of fear about it, and how he would be accepted, and how people would change around him,” Rodgers said of O’Callaghan, 34. The relative ease at which O’Callaghan opened up about his sexuality, he added, was indicative of how sports is becoming more welcoming to the idea of queer athletes. “I think society is finally moving in the right direction, as far as treating all people with respect and love and acceptance and appreciation,” he added. “And the locker room, I think the sport is getting closer.”

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