John Mara Jr., son of New York Giants owner John Mara, has gotten engaged to his boyfriend, George Sholley.
Sholley popped the question at the Nobska Lighthouse on Cape Cod, Mass.
No date for the wedding has been set; The couple is waiting until after the pandemic to figure that out.
“John’s mother and I are very proud of John Jr. and very happy about the engagement,” the elder Mara told Outsports in a statement. He has been President and CEO of the Giants since 2005.
The Giants under the ownership of the Mara and Tisch family have a long history of supporting the LGBTQ community. The Giants participated in the Gay Bowl back in 2007, sending an LGBTQ staffer to represent the team; The Giants again supported the Gay Bowl in 2019. Owner Steve Tisch and Giants great Michael Strahan campaigned for marriage equality in 2011. In 2015, the team created a You Can Play video, featuring numerous players, to show support of LGBTQ athletes.
The elder Mara spoke out against North Carolina’s anti-LGBTQ law in 2016.
The impending same-sex wedding will be the first Outsports knows of involving the family of an NFL owner.
The owner of Mara Entertainment, John Jr. has chosen a career in talent management working with actors in film, TV and theater, over following in his family’s footsteps to the NFL. In a fun story years ago, the father and son shared how John would coach John Jr.’s youth basketball team, all while John Jr. would sing showtunes on the court during games.
“My family has always been really supportive and always pushed me to do whatever I wanted to do,” John Jr. told Newsday in 2012, “and I’m really grateful for that.”
Sholley is currently a senior creative producer with Apple.
John Jr. generally tries to stay out of the spotlight. One of his rare public appearances was during Outsports Pride in 2019, when he talked openly about his coming-out to his father in a lovely story that touched the audience. Given the power of visibility, we’re so glad he has allowed us to celebrate his engagement here. It’s something for all the NFL to celebrate.
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