Former NFL playerrecently gave an interview in which he revealed his sexuality, saying he is gay.
As acceptability for gays and lesbians is on the rise, another sports personality has come out of the closet. Wade Davis, former cornerback in the National Football League, has revealed that he is gay but had to keep his sexual orientation a secret for more than a decade. "Honestly, I wasn't strong enough as a person," Davis said, explaining why he only came out as gay seven years after leaving football, in an interview with OutSports.com this week.
Davis has been a defensive for the Tennessee Titans, the Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Redskins. When he was playing, he kept his sexuality a secret because he thought that if he revealed the truth, it would affect his career.
Davis now helps LGBT youth in dealing with the pressures gays face. He is also an assistant director of job readiness at New York City's Hetrick-Martin Institute. The institute provides several services, including GED preparation, HIV education and mental health support. He explained in the interview that he felt his new job was an opportunity for him to help other people like him.
Wade Davis also said in the interview that while he was on the field, he only focused on his practices and performance, but as soon as the game ended, he would again experience the same struggle of being gay and hiding his identity from the rest.
He also said that he did not regret keeping his identity a secret while he was still playing football, but he did regret not revealing it five or six years back.
Wade Davis' former teammate,, said in a separate interview that had Davis told him about his sexuality back in the days, he would have totally accepted him.
"I know there have been a lot more than just Wade," Kearse told the Los Angeles Times. "It's just becoming more acceptable, which is a good thing so they can come out and not feel secluded."
Even though Davis does admit that the NFL culture as a whole has become more tolerant toward gays, he still feels that coming out or not is a personal decision and one that should be taken after much consideration by a football player.