The Vikings punter and the Ravens linebacker offer GQ a joint interview about
gay players in the NFL and the moment this year when Maryland lawmaker
Emmett C. Burns came after Ayanbadejo’s gay rights advocacy and got
tackled by Kluwe:
heard about Chris’s letter. I saw a line from it in a tweet: “They
won’t magically turn you into a lustful cockmonster.” I was like, “Oh,
my God, I need to focus all my attention on this. I’m going to lock
myself in a room, and I’m gonna enjoy every moment.” Over the next few
days, I had conversations with five to ten of the [Ravens players] about
what had happened. I asked them if they could play with a gay player.
Everybody was like, “Yeah, I totally could.” So that was pretty
impressive. It shouldn’t be impressive, but it was.
first player to come out is going to face unprecedented media scrutiny.
It’ll be historic. It’s gonna have to be someone tough enough to deal
with the distractions. And hopefully he’ll know that not just me and
Brendon but other players support him.