has announced that he is gay. He, like many other athletes, took a long time to come out of the closet. He never openly discussed his sexuality during his playing days. He chose to disclose it now when he is no longer playing perhaps because it cannot have any repercussions on his career. The former defensive back for the Tennessee Titans, the Washington Redskins and the Seattle Seahawks must have to muster up a lot of courage to announce his homosexuality.
Davis came out in a detailed interview to Outsports.com and also discussed various challenges gay athletes have to face on a recurring basis. He also shed some light on his decision to go public while talking to SB Nation.
Davis told SBNation’s Amy K. Nelson, “I think subconsciously, I understood that being gay -- the way I was raised -- was wrong. 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 that being gay meant you’re less masculine,” according to a report by USAToday.
Davis also told Nelson about some secret friendships he developed with, and in Tennessee more than a decade ago. He told of a moment with the Titans in 2000, when another player was "perceived to be different," and was warned not to do something that could lead not making the roster. He was so insecure about revealing the truth that he used to spend thousands at strip clubs to fool his teammates.
In his emotional interview with Outsports.com, he said, "You just want to be one of the guys, and you don't want to lose that sense of family. Your biggest fear is that you'll lose that camaraderie and family. I think about how close I was with Jevon and Samari. It's not like they'd like me less, it's that they have to protect their own brand," according to the USAToday report.
The good thing is he doesn’t have any major regrets. He said, “How many people get to live out their two dreams? I got to play in the NFL, and now I get to change the world."