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Wade Davis, NFL Player, Says He’s Gay: Twitter Reacts

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Wade Davis, NFL player, has come out as gay. In a recent interview with OutSports.com, the former professional footballer admitted that coming out during his time spent in the league was impossible. According to Wade, telling the truth about his sexuality may have hurt his career. However, now that his NFL days are behind him, Wade feels that discussing the issue may help those players who are struggling to cope with living a double life.

“I can remember going out that night, going to a strip club, spending probably $1,500 just to make sure — if they even had a glimmer of thought that I was gay, that I wasn’t. I was willing to make it rain just like the rest of them were,” Davis explained in the interview.

Although Davis’ time in the NFL didn’t exactly pan out — he did spend some time with Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins, and Seattle Seahawks — he’s hoping that coming out of the closet will help others understand they’re not alone.

“I think subconsciously, I understood that being gay — the way I was raised — was wrong,” Davis state in an interview with Amy K. Nelson of SB Nation. “And there was no way that my family, at least, in my mind, would accept me. And also that my football family would accept me. Just because of the perception of being gay meant that you were less masculine.”

Now that Davis has retired from the NFL, he’s turning his attention to more important matters. At present, Davis is helping at-risk gay youth, in addition to campaigning for Barack Obama.

“You just want to be one of the guys, and you don’t want to lose that sense of family,” Davis said of his decision to keep his sexuality a secret. “Your biggest fear is that you’ll lose that camaraderie and family. I think about how close I was with Jevon and Samari. It’s not like they’d like me less, it’s that they have to protect their own brand.”

How are fans reacting to the news? Have a look at the Twitter reactions below.

Former NFL player Wade Davis: I went to strip club to hide being gay. Want to be brave? Come out BFORE you retire. http://t.co/lzzt8Xx5
20 minutes ago via CBS News iPhone · powered by @socialditto
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Wade Davis is gay!!! Yay for him being able to come out and be happy for who he is!!!
37 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto
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So Wade Davis comes out the closet ….smh If u ever met fool your gaydar wld go off the charts. I told Samari Rolle Wade Davis is gay!!!
2 hours ago via Echofon · powered by @socialditto
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Wade Davis is gay. never knew.
25 minutes ago via Echofon · powered by @socialditto
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Former NFL Star Wade Davis Speaks Out About Being Gay For First Time http://t.co/StoxCM1o >> now Jerry Rice needs to fess up
1 hour ago via Seesmic · powered by @socialditto
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Wade Davis, NFL Player, Says He’s Gay: Twitter Reacts
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  • fast

    I suspect Ms. Davis would have loved to ‘play’ in San Francisco.

  • Jasaih

    What the F%@k does it matter? The man is gay big deal. He’s human and he’s not harming anyone. Congrats Wade for finally accepting who you are. Small problem in trying to justify it though, you’re not teaching anyone that its okay to be gay nor to accept themselves — what you should be saying is I was a coward. I was selfish. Money Fame The Illusion was more important to me than being a hero and example to those like me. You’re not opening the worlds eyes to anything by coming out after the fact. Now you’re saying hey gay pros you should come out because I did its ok. What is this teaching young gays and gay athletes? To remain in the closet until they are “worth less the (brand) fades” Isn’t this already what the world things of gays? Worthless… Come out as a pro, you’ll be humbled and MORE will view you as a role model. Remember those who love you and true friends would’ve stood by you and accepted you for who you are. I’m sure you could’ve touched far more lives years ago.

  • Ex-Wildcat

    I played with Wade for two years at Weber State. I don’t remember seeing him with girls, but I didn’t think anything of it, as not every dude is a big ladies man. He was a flamboyant guy, always talking, joking, and bugging people. He used to make offensive remarks to me about my ethnicity–all along he was closeted and discriminating against me. I never liked him much on account of that back then, but I wouldn’t have outed him or given him trouble if I had found out. Looking back I can say he was a good player, a hard worker, who was sort of an idiot. Regardless, I’m glad to hear he’s finally accepted himself.

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