Sunday, September 25, 2011
The sports world is coming around. The NFL has put sexual orientation on its list of protected classes. So now an athlete can come out and not feel threaten that he could get fired.
A new collective bargaining agreement from the NFL Players Association states that, "There will be no discrimination in any form against any player by the Management Council, any Club or by the NFLPA because of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or activity or lack of activity on behalf of the NFLPA."This is a good move for the NFL.
Olsen discovered the change after comparing the latest version of the agreement to the last one in 2006, which didn't include the words, "sexual orientation." The new agreement was ratified by the players on August 4 and signed by the commissioner the next day. It lasts until 2021.
Three former NFL players have come out after leaving the sport behind — Esera Tuaolo in 2002, Roy Simmons in 1992, and David Kopay in 1975. But none has lived openly while still playing.