Who on Gods earth is this person saying he’s coming out of the closet in the NFL?— Christopher Clemons (@chrisclemons91) March 26, 2013
Chris Clemons, star defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, clearly either unaware or unconcerned about diving into the deep end. He tweeted this on Tuesday, and subsequently defended his remark to incredulous respondents — he insisted he wasn’t homophobic, but that the idea of a player coming out was “selfish,” an example of “trying to make themselves bigger than the team.” Of course, the extent to which an active NFL player coming out would make them “bigger than the team” is a function of the league’s permanent, ongoing state of repression on this issue — no player has ever publicly revealed their homosexuality. This all stems from a report last week that one player was strongly considering coming out, and at the risk of editorializing, we hope he does. Such a move, in the major American sport with perhaps the greatest reputation for homophobia, would render this man a legitimate civil rights hero. And rightly so.
We can confirm that there was an incident at Arrowhead earlier this morning. We are cooperating with authorities in their investigation.A statement from the Kansas City Chiefs • Regarding a shooting incident, an alleged murder-suicide involving an unidentified Chiefs player and his girlfriend. More details as we get them. (EDIT: The player is linebacker Jovan Belcher, NBC Sports reports.)
It’s not a secret that it’s a societal trend. I think we’re starting to see some of the effects of that trend.NFL senior vice president Adolpho Birch • Discussing the league’s sudden problem with Adderall, which a number of players claim have led to their suspensions in the league. The drug, a common one for dealing with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is sometimes used by college students — sans prescription — to help them study late into the night.