Published: August 27, A lot of guys still see it as potentially having a negative impact on their career. The former offensive tackle kept his sexual orientation secret from the time he was drafted by the Patriots in through his tenure with the Chiefs which ended in
By Hannah Withiam. Daniel Murphy has walked away from his old teams, but not his past comments that spurred controversy. Bean has said his decision to retire early from the sport, after just seven seasons in the majors, had to do with not feeling fully accepted by his teammates.
This list contains information about retired gay athletes, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous football, baseball and basketball players have come out as gay after they retired from professional sports. Some of these famous athletes came out on television, while others wrote about their sexuality in their memoirs.
Until this weekno active baseball player associated with a Major League Baseball team had ever publicly come out as gay. My colleague Billy Witz has detailed the human interest story here. Estimates of the proportion of American men who identify as gay or bisexual vary. One recent government survey suggested 2.
Veteran shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has announced his retirement after 13 Major League seasons. His full statement, as per a Yankees media release:. For as long as I can remember, my dream was to compete at the highest level as a Major League Baseball Player … to wear a big league uniform and play hard for my teammates and the fans.
There had never been an openly gay male in a major professional team sport in the U. And no one knew whether a gay athlete would be accepted in those locker rooms and clubhouses. Two decades later gay marriage is the law of the land and there are a record seven gay members of Congress.
Today, Tyler Townsend has left baseball behind and is pursuing a degree in hospitality management. Blade photo by Kevin Naff. Townsend, now 27, was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in in the third round, opted out of his senior year at Florida International University and entered the minor league system.
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Retired minor league baseball player Jason Burch has publicly come out as gay in a new interview with OutSports. Beginning inBurch played on various minor league teams over the course of six seasons. In the interview, Burch says that while he was open about his sexuality to those teammates who asked one player inquired if Burch had a girlfriend.