In an interview with GQ this month, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, known as RG3 to friends and fans, was asked about the possibility of a gay NFL player coming out, something that seems increasingly inevitable. We've seen other players in a variety of sports step out in recent months. Robbie Rogers is an openly gay professional soccer player, former NBA player Jason Collins came out in April, and young NFL hopeful Alan Gendreau came out before this year's draft. And former American footballer Wade Davis made waves by saying he's gay last year.
Looking at this changing landscape, RG3 says that now is the time for a gay NFL player to come out. He also tells Brendan Vaughn that though he's Christian, he doesn't have any personal qualms with LGBT people. He just hates hypocrites.
On the growing sense an active NFL player will come out of the closet in the near future:
"Yeah, man. I think there are [gay players] right now, and if they're looking for a window to just come out, I mean, now is the window.
"My view on it is, yes, I am a Christian, but to each his own. You do what you want to do. If some Christians want to look at being gay as a sin, then thinking about other women, committing adultery--or any of those other sins that are in the Bible--those are sins, too. And God looks at all of us the same way."
Hopefully a struggling player will hear this well-respected and prominent man's words and take that step.