What do the NFL players think about gay teammates?

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 27: Joe Thomas #73 of the Cleveland Browns blocks Aldon Smith #99 of the Oakland Raiders during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 27, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

One more NFL pro player recently revealed that times are changing and LGBT people are now welcomed in professional sports. Joe Thomas, an offensive tackle for the Cleveland Browns, told Outsports that NFL is now much more accepting than it used to be some time ago. Noting Brad Thorson, who played with Thomas at the University of Wisconsin, came out as gay, but never went on to play in an NFL game. Thomas said about his former teammate: “In college, Brad Thorson was one of my good friends and teammates, a friend of mine. He was not out when we were playing together and he came out a couple of years ago.” He added: “It’s amazing the opinions in the locker room have changed 180 degrees from when I first started playing football to where they are right now. I think every locker room in the NFL would accept an openly gay teammate with open arms, where it was such a taboo thing to even talk about when I first got into the league. That speaks to the tremendous progress that LGBT issues have had in our country in such a short period of time.”


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