Australian Football League player Jason Akermanis has a message for gay athletes in a column for the Herald Sun: Don't come out. Some of his golden nuggets:
But I believe the world of AFL footy is not ready for it. To come out is unnecessary for a lot of reasons.
Imagine the publicity associated with a current player admitting he's gay. It would be international news and could break the fabric of a club. ...
Now try being the first AFL player to come out. That is too big a burden for any player. ...
Locker room nudity and homoerotic activities are normal inside footy clubs.
Young people from the ages 15-24 are the main participants in organised sport in Victoria. Some of them must be gay and I hope they thoroughly enjoy their sporting lives without having to experience any form of prejudice.
But if they are thinking of telling the world, my advice would be forget it.
So young kids dealing with their sexuality should keep it repressed because this jerk thinks it would be too tough for him? I don't know any gay people who regret coming out - in any profession. All I ever hear is that they wish they did it earlier. I'm sure some people must regret it; Some people still think the world is flat. But in all my years, I've never heard from or of any of them.
I'm so tired of these jerks who feel the need to proclaim how anti-gay sports are, instead of saying, "Come out. I'll help you. I'll be your friend." This might be a little unprofessional, and I even hate this word, but this guy is a royal douchebag of the Jeremy Shockey variety.