NFL a Bastion for Homophobia
Jonathan Mahler applauds Chris Kluwe and Brendon Ayanbadejo’s legal brief
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 7, 2013 1:49 PM CST
Updated Mar 7, 2013 1:59 PM CST
Minnesota Vikings kicker Chris Kluwe signs a jersey with his new number and his Twitter handle on the back for fan Todd Glocke, of St. Paul, Minn., Sunday, July 31, 2011.   (AP Photo/Star Tribune, Jeff Wheeler)

(Newser) – The legal brief that a pair of NFL players filed with the Supreme Court in support of gay marriage shouldn't be remarkable—lots of people, including many prominent Republicans have done the same—but it is remarkable, because "in the sweaty, macho world of professional sports, the NFL sets the standard for homophobia," Jonathan Mahler argues at Bloomberg. Just how bad is it? So bad that last month reports surfaced that NFL teams were grilling prospects at the combine about their sexual preference.

Those questions speak "not only to the NFL’s homophobia but also to a deeper desire to control players’ lives on and off the field." The players who filed that amicus brief—Chris Kluwe and Brendon Ayanbadejo—are products of Roger Goodell's NFL, in which the commissioner is the enemy of the players. "Foment enough mistrust among your people, and they will start to fight back. … Teams have been asking intrusive questions at the combine for years," but players aren't taking it quietly anymore. Click for the full column.

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Mar 11, 2013 12:52 PM CDT
Your sexual preference is none of my business BUT when it comes to men's NFL....It is what it is.
Mar 11, 2013 10:05 AM CDT
Big contrast with the WNBA which is, as one of the Minnesota Lynx players described it, a "lesbian love fest". It's time to end the double standard.
Mar 10, 2013 9:14 AM CDT
So what? So the jocks want no part of the homos in the locker room. It is a normal, gut reaction on the part of many men who share a deep seated dislike and revulsion of this minority. They (the jocks) are allowed to dislike them just like many guys do not like liver. The best way to get accepted by society is to just do your thing and wait for them to come around; forcing acceptance is never the way to go. Never.