Players Confirm Two Members Of 1993 Houston Oilers Were Gay & No Teammates Cared
It comes as no surprise to hear that gay players have been playing in the National Football League for a long time, but it's exciting to see teammates voluntarily stepping forward to confirm that they knowingly played alongside gay teammates and, guess what, they were great!
A new documentary from the NFL Network highlights the 1993 Houston Oilers, known by many as "the most dysfunctional team" in NFL history. Interestingly, some teammates now say that the team's inclusion and acceptance of gay teammates is one of the things that actually proves what an inclusive family they actually were, despite the alleged tumult.
The Houston Chronicle writes:
“Listen, those guys that we’re talking about were unbelievable teammates. And if you wanted to go to war with someone, you would get those guys first. Because I have never seen tougher guys than those guys,” said Pro Bowl linebacker Lamar Lathon, who starred at the University of Houston. “And everybody in the locker room, the consensus knew or had an idea that things were not exactly right. But guess what? When they strapped the pads on and got on the field, man, we were going to war with these guys because they were unbelievable.”
“Everybody knew certain guys (were gay). Everybody speculated and people used to see these two guys come in by themselves. They’d leave at lunchtime and then come back,” Bubba McDowell said.
McDowell echoed Lathon’s thoughts, saying the gay players were highly valued on the field and showering with them in the locker room was “no big deal.”
It sounds like at the end of the day, what really matters is whether a player can play. If you're "unbelievable" on the field then it's "no big deal" what your sexual orientation is--even for the "most dysfunctional team" in the NFL.
What do you think of this revelation from the former Oilers, Instincters?