Whitlock: free the gays

Goodell can be beacon of tolerance

The fallout from Te’o’s romantic relationship/publicity stunt with a fake dead male girlfriend should not be left to the Jeff Irelands of the NFL. The issue is too complex and important to leave to general managers, head coaches and Couric. The commissioner should intervene.  Because if Te’o is hiding in the closet, he is highly vulnerable to exploitation and extortion. There is a popular theory that the possibility of hustling money from Te’o — and not love — motivated Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the mastermind and voice behind Kekua.

It could all be a coincidence, but Te’o just happened to have a horrendous performance in the BCS Championship as the Kekua fraud was unraveling. Maybe he was distracted. Or maybe the wrong people knew his secrets. Whatever the case, difficult questions must be asked, and they should come from the commissioner’s chair. It’s Goodell’s job to protect The Shield. It’s Goodell’s job to protect the employees.

The best protection for the league and the players is the freeing of the gays.

Let’s be honest. I think it’s reasonable to assume that 15 percent of NFL players are gay and/or bisexual. Generally speaking, they’re forced to conceal their sexuality out of fear of being ostracized and potentially released from the team.  They need to be set free, released from the grip of the most hostile work environment in America. Is there a more homophobic work setting than a football locker room? I can’t think of one…

...Goodell, who has an openly gay brother, can be a real leader and carve out a legacy that rivals Pete Rozelle’s.

While I'm not sure where Whitlock came up with 15%, he did at least raise a point that I'd not considered before, a point that has nothing to do with religion or one's world view.  

Extortion, blackmail--Roger Goodell and the NFL may move on the issue of homosexuality for more than just moral reasons.

I’m glad we had this talk.  Now, vaya con Dios, Brah.

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