There is a swirling frenzy in the media regarding gay athletes – particularly ones who may play in the NFL – that is a product of natural curiosity and competitive desire.
And it needs to stop. Or at least the situation needs to be handled with caution.
This is not a transaction that we, the media, are chasing. This is not the battle to be the first person to report the likely trade of Darrelle Revis or the signing of Mike Wallace. It is far bigger. We are talking about changing lives and perceptions. We're talking about dealing with fear on both sides, but mostly that of gay people who unfortunately believe they still have to hide.
It also has to be handled carefully by the teams these players work for and the NFL itself. Inevitably, this is an issue that will have to be dealt with internally and externally by a team as it hopefully supports the player and navigates the vocal minority of people who may object. In short, this is uncharted territory for everyone.
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