Reception[ edit ] The macho environment that exists in football along with the hypermasculinity promoted by sportscasters make it difficult for a player to come out. Former NFL player Mark Schlereth said the slurs were not necessarily gay bashing , believing they were "more out of ignorance than anything else. It doesn't excuse it, it's just the way it is. I think my father would've felt, 'I hope I've created an atmosphere in the locker room where this would not be an issue at all. And if you do have an issue, the problem will be yours because my locker room will tolerate nothing but acceptance. True to his word, Lombardi told running back coach, George Dickson,  "I want you to get on McDonald and work on him and work on him — and if I hear one of you people make reference to his manhood, you'll be out of here before your ass hits the ground.
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Louis Rams[ edit ] Sam with the St. Louis Rams during the preseason The St. Louis Rams drafted Sam in the seventh round, the th of players selected in the draft. He became the first publicly gay player to be drafted into the NFL. During the second preseason game against the Green Bay Packers , Sam recorded his first professional sack where he sacked Matt Flynn. In preseason game 3 against the Cleveland Browns, Sam sacked Manziel.
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NFL player Trevor Bates arraigned from hospital over alleged cop attack He could hide with a helmet on, a 6-foot-7, pound everyman offensive tackle granted anonymity in a sport filled with hulking men. He could put on an act at a bar, once leaving arm in arm with a woman, making sure his teammates saw he was leaving arm in arm with a woman. The showers were a nightmare — or would have been, if he entered them. He would hide his sexuality for as long as he could play football.
Louis Rams to become the first openly gay player in the NFL. First, it was important that he do it as far ahead of the NFL draft as possible. NFL teams had to settle in with the idea of a gay athlete well before the selection process.