Former football player Wade Davis has come out as gay and says that he couldn’t have done it while he was in the NFL. Though he never made it to the roster, he spent time with the Tenessee Titans, the Washington Redskins and the Seattle Seahawks.
“I think subconsciously, I understood that being gay — the way I was raised — was wrong,” Davis tells SB Nation.
“And there was no way that my family, at least, in my mind, would
accept me. And also that my football family would accept me. Just
because of the perception of being gay meant that you were less
“You just want to be one of the guys, and you don’t want to lose that sense of family,” he says to OutSports.com.
“Your biggest fear is that you’ll lose that camaraderie and family. I
think about how close I was with Jevon (Kearse) and Samari (Rolle),” he says of his friends. “It’s not like they’d
like me less, it’s that they have to protect their own brand.”
According to an NFL poll, many players don’t seem to care anymore. Davis says he hopes that’s true.