Based on interviews over the past several weeks with current and former players, I'm told that a current gay NFL player is strongly considering coming out publicly within the next few months -- and after doing so, the player would attempt to continue his career.
I'm told this player feels the time is now for someone to take this step -- despite homophobic remarks from San Francisco 49ers defensive back Chris Culliver and the controversy arising recently at the Indianapolis Scouting combine, when prospects were asked questions about their sexuality.
This player's true concern, I'm told, is not the reaction inside an NFL locker room but outside of it. The player fears he will suffer serious harm from homophobic fans, and that is the only thing preventing him from coming out. My sources will not say who this alleged player is.
I hope this player does go through with it. I have a feeling it may not be as bad as he thinks it might be. Now if this were 20 to 30 years ago, that would be different but today -- I think the fans would accept it, the players too. With respect to those two groups, I just don't think it would be a problem.
However, if it is a high profile player, one who has endorsement deals, that could be a problem. Sponsors tend to shy away from ANY controvesies no matter the nature of the controversey.