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Scott Frantz tweets message of ‘respect’ after coming out, thanks his team

Now the gay Kansas State football player is focused on winning a Big 12 title.

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The Kansas State football team has embraced their gay teammate, Scott Frantz.
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After sharing the news that he’s gay on Thursday, Kansas State offensive tackle Scott Frantz saw an outpouring of support (and, as required, some idiots) from people across the country.

On Thursday night he posted a very nice note on Twitter acknowledging his support and asking for more understanding:

Thanks to everyone for all of the love and support you have shown me today. I was very skeptical of coming out in such a public way, but ultimately wanted to use this platform as a tool to reach out to people who feel like they can't be who they are. We are not all going to agree with one another, and that's okay, but it's important we all understand that we are all human and we all deserve respect, no matter what we look like, where we come from, or who we love. Special thanks to my coaches, teammates, family, and close friends for being with me since the beginning. Thanks to Holly Rowe/ESPN for helping me tell my story. Thank being said, time to go win a Big 12 title.

While we certainly wish we had gotten a little more of Frantz’s story from ESPN, and gotten to know the athlete better, Frantz is doing what we encourage all athletes coming out to do: Share your true self, let it be a big part of your life for a day or two, then get back to focusing on your sports and your studies.

With a 6-3 conference record, the Wildcats finished fourth in the Big XII last season.