There has never been anyone who has been publicly out as gay or bisexual while playing in the National Football League NFL. Louis Rams in the NFL Draft , and thus became the first publicly gay player drafted in the league, but was released before the start of the regular season. He became the first publicly gay player to play in the Canadian Football League in August In college football , Division III player Conner Mertens came out as bisexual in January , becoming the first active college football player at any level to publicly come out as bisexual. Armed Forces until The generally masculine environment that exists in football, along with the hypermasculinity promoted by sportscasters, make it difficult for a player to come out.
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He dreaded going to work with his colleagues. By the time he got into training, he was so nervous he felt sick. For 14 years, Le Saux endured the taunts of everyone from team-mates and players such as Robbie Fowler, who bent over in front of him and pointed at his backside during a match, to thousands of vociferous fans chanting obscenities. The cultured left-back was, in a sense, England's first outed footballer. And he was not even gay.
Editor's note: Thomas Beattie played professional soccer from to A native of England, he came up through the Hull City youth academy, but his career took him across three continents as he searched for his true identity. This is his story, as told to Emily Kaplan.