Scottie Winer and DJ Slifer had been in the same place at the same time a couple instances — including a basketball game in South Dakota — before the duo finally met at a Dodgers-Mets game during Outsports Pride in 2018.
“Little did I know the guy from Missouri sitting in front of me would be the man I’d never want to be without,” Winer wrote on social media weeks ago about that fateful baseball game at Citi Field.
Now, over two years later, the gay couple is engaged to marry, having gotten engaged in late October.
It’s something the two had talked about for a while, but with the pandemic hitting in March and an uncertain summer, by the time Winer’s football season arrived in late August, Winer mentally put the timing of an engagement on the back burner.
In the end, it was Slifer who decided to surprise Winer and popped the question.
Winer is a cameraman who, in his young career, has already worked a Super Bowl. He was the first publicly out gay cameraman to work the big game, Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams. In addition to weekly NFL games, he’s also worked MLB, NBA and major college basketball games. Slifer is a former women’s basketball coach who has had stints at Texas A&M University at Kingsville and Univ. of Missouri at St. Louis.
The couple isn’t yet sure when the wedding will take place, as they’re waiting to see how the pandemic shakes out over the next few months. They currently have their eyes on summer of 2022, but with the last year in such flux, they’re keeping their wedding-date options open.
Everyone at Outsports sends our congratulations to the guys!