Since he came out in middle school, Joey experienced constant bullying from his peers. Recently, Victor Cruz, the New York Giants wide receiver, helped Joey overcome the painful past by giving him a tour of the Giants locker room.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a statement demanding that the NFL investigate whether teams asked prospects about their sexual orientation during the league's pre-draft scouting combine.
In response to stories that NFL teams are wondering whether Notre Dame star football player and Heisman Trophy runner-up Manti Te’o is gay, former Bears Quarterback Jim Miller said that religion would prevent a gay player from being accepted in an NFL locker room.
While some of the pre-Super Bowl comments made by a handful of players didn't do much to portray the NFL as welcoming of gay athletes, recent testimonials by current and former professional football players have proven that many people within the NFL are beginning to embrace the idea of an openly gay teammate in their locker room.
A day after 49ers Cornerback Chris Culver made some anti-gay comments, the sports community has begun to reflect on the significance of Culliver’s comments, and where they fit into the context of the modern sports world.
A dozen professional football players were asked this week about their thoughts on gay athletes and expressed unanimous support to Outsports.com--a story that has been picked up by mainstream media outlets. The reports show that the NFL is not only tolerant of gay athletes, but in fact could be an environment that fosters understanding and acceptance.