Thursday, February 6, 2014


When I read about this, the first thing I thought was "Dumbass!"  You might think the same thing when you read about this.  New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma might not be happy if a fellow NFL player were to come out as gay and wind up in the shower next to him.

Andrea Kremer, the NFL's chief correspondent for player health and safety, recently sat down with various NFL members to discuss the culture of the locker room. The men admitted to a no-holds-barred atmosphere, where the n-word flies and hazing happens. But apparently the possibility of an openly gay player in that atmosphere would "test the limits of tolerance," according to Kremer.

"There's such a stigma with gay and homosexuals within male sports," London Fletcher, Washington Redskins linebacker, said during the session with Kremer. "It would be very difficult for that first person to come out."

"I think that he would not be accepted as much as we think he would be accepted," Vilma added. "I don't want people to just naturally assume, like, 'Oh, we're all homophobic.' That's really not the case. Imagine if he's the guy next to me and, you know, I get dressed, naked, taking a shower, the whole nine, and it just so happens he looks at me. How am I supposed to respond?"

Do these players really think that other players haven't looked at them when they are naked?  I mean honestly, as much as ALL men think about penis size, every guy out there is going to compare to see how they size up against each other.  It's the natural competitive nature of men. Vilma is also African-American, which means any white guy in the locker room is going to look and see if what they say about black men is true.  What difference does it make if a straight man, gay man, or even a straight woman takes a look at his penis?  Who really cares?  The likelihood that Vilma and any number of athletes have been seen naked by a gay man. It just pisses me off that a grown man can act so juvenile about something like this.

Vilma was accused of homophobia in 2011 when he tweeted: “Grown men should NOT hav [sic] female tendencies. Period.” When a backlash ensued, he responded: “So of course the homosexual men get sensitive to my tweet and respond all ticked off. RELAX I was not referring to u guys."  The fact is that homophobic athletes like Vilma need to get over themselves.  They need to grow up and quit acting like children.

Last April, former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo said that as many as four closeted, active players could come out as gay to the public. However, not a single active NFL player came out in 2013.  Eventually, I believe there will be active professional sports players who will come out.  When they do, players like Vilma will have to learn to live with it.  Stupidity exists throughout the world, and people like Vilma just prove it more and more every day.


JiEL said...

The so called «professional sports men» are the most «homophobic» of all....

Some sportmen, in other countries, did come out but mostly they're really very negative to accept or at least respect the sexual liberty of their other fellow players....

Are they afraid to jeopardise their own sexuality??
Being so intimate in lockerooms and showers can reveal that they LOVE that kind of BROMANCE ?
Not GAY but ...??

Must say that «footballers» may be a bit hypocrits because they play a game that has such «intimate» contacts, that we could «imagine» they like to be «manly» touched.... OOOPS !!

Last year, a famous soccer player of the Montreal Impact did his coming out and was respected from his own fellow players and more, was acclaimed by the public at large.
His courage was applaused and he became a raw model for young men in sports..

Well, hope the US sportsmen mentality evolutes to the best...


Anonymous said...

I have to wonder if the college age young men coming out will help. Some of them will eventually be trying for a spot in the NFL/NHL/NBA/whatever. I sure hope so. The Neanderthals that inhabit the professional sports teams will eventually be gone. I hope.

Peace <3

JiEL said...

Dear Jay M.

I'm so much hoping that this hypothesus you put up front will be true...

Maybe these young sportsmen will bring their free spirit to every professional sports leagues...

It'll may not be a «revolution» but at least a BIG evolution from Neanderthals to «HOMO-sapiens»....

Isn't there some kind of «TOUCH down» in football...??
That's a beginning.. NO? LOL!!

Best regards..

Anonymous said...

HAHAHAHA! Yeah, JiEL, I hope it comes to pass!

Peace <3

David Jeffreys said...

I think a lot of this homophobia is learned behavior from other athletes, fathers, brothers, etc.

When I was in healthcare, it was obvious that the more "MACHO" a man is, the more likely he is to be a wuss (wimp) when it comes to drawing blood, shots, and anything that causes a little pain. Some would even pass out. Then comes in some nerd or everyday type fellow with nothing to prove and he can withstand almost anything -- very stoic.

Anonymous said...

Maybe these big tough guys are afraid of feeling what a woman feels when ogled.