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Is A San Francisco 49er Set To Come Out Of The Closet?

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02/13/2014 10:57 pm
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Kaitlin Banks

Staff Writer

banksxo16 Michael Sam, defensive end for Mizzou, recently caused a lot of talk when he came out as gay. If he gets drafted by the NFL, he could be the first openly gay professional football player. But now, there are reports saying that a current San Francisco 49ers player could be stepping out of the closet. reports that the mystery player, who could come out "as early as this week", “has ALREADY spoken to a few of the higher ups on the team… and wants to begin lobbying for the squad to DRAFT the newly OUT college football player Michael Sam.” According to, when asked how the team would respond to an openly gay player, San Francisco head coach, Jim Harbaugh responded with "I have no discrimination in my heart. I ask all players to play through their own personality and be who they are. What you ask of a player is to be a great team player and be a good player. My expectations (of a gay player) would be the same." The 49ers have made it clear that they will not discriminate against Michael Sam, or any other player for that matter, on the grounds of sexual orientation. The team’s general manager Trent Baalke released a statement saying, “The 49ers commend Michael for the courage he has displayed as he continues to pursue his NFL career.  We have and will continue to evaluate him as we do every eligible player, which is always based on their projected contribution to our team on and off the field." The city of San Francisco is known for its acceptance of the LGBT community, so it’s no surprise that its football team holds the same values. It is refreshing to think that, should a 49er decide to come out, they will be supported by their teammates and coaching staff. Hopefully, other teams will follow the example of the San Franciscan players, and make the NFL an accepting atmosphere for all players, regardless of their sexuality. Keep Up With PopWrapped On The Web!  


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