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Arizona State Football Player Chip Sarafin Comes Out as Gay
Michael Sam came out as gay to his teammates on the University of Missouri football team last year, but he didn’t come out as gay to the public until after he had declared for the NFL draft. And that meant the answer to the trivia question, “who was the first openly gay Division I college football player?” still didn’t have an answer.
Now it does. In an article published by Compete magazine this week, Arizona State lineman Edward “Chip” Sarafin said he is gay.
Like Michael Sam, Sarafin told his teammates before he told the public. And like Michael Sam, Sarafin received the support of the coaching staff and the ASU athletic department, which issued a statement saying they are “extremely proud” of him.
Unlike Michael Sam, however, Sarafin isn’t going to be drafted by an NFL team. To date, the 6’6″ 320-pounder has yet to actually appear in a game…though, as a fifth-year senior, he’ll probably be out there for at least one snap this season.
However, that doesn’t really matter. What matters is that Chip Sarafin was brave enough to come forward. And yes, it is a big deal.
I know a lot of people think it’s stupid that we write posts about athletes coming out as gay. Such people usually say something to the effect of, “if it’s not news that a player is straight, why should it be news that a player is gay?”
But the answer to that line of reasoning is simple. No straight athlete has ever been made fun of for being straight. Almost every single gay athlete has been made fun of for being gay. So at this point in history, when one of them steps forward and says “I’m gay,” it’s not the same. Whether you like it or not, it’s news.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]