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The dude after me said less than 10, but you quoted me.
We're supposed to just take the "general pop" numbers and plug them in for a tiny sample size of elite athletes?
15 guys is 1 on 50% of the teams.
It's closer to 15 than it is 100.
If there were consistently 100 gay men in the NFL, someone would have came out by now.
And All-Pro safeties wouldn't be blackballed from the league for being gay if it was so common place.
at all of the math to try to figure out how many gay dudes there might be in the NFL.
Is it possible there ends up being some conflict because of relationships within a team? Sure. Is it likely? Nah. What's gonna be a bigger issue: two guys dating or normal issues between straight guys? Kobe & Shaq or Cuttino & Steve?
It actually does though. You guys are making the assumption that gay men will want to subject themselves to an environment that might be toxic for them. Think about it like this, a lot of the big cities across America have large homosexual populations because it is more accepted and they're freer to be themselves, as compared to maybe some of the more rural areas. If 10% of a population is gay, that 10% can be spread out in a number of ways across a region. The same thing applies in athletics, not as many will want to be around where they may not be wanted or free to be themselves. So again if 10 percent of people are gay, you can't assume 10% of athletes in the NFL are as well. I don't think you can just look at the numbers and acquiesce to the percentages. These things are always skewed one way or another and I wouldn't be surprised if truly it was as low as 1 percent in the NFL. There's long been rumors of rampant homosexuality in the music and film industry, because its more accepted on the highest levels. So you might see as high as 20% in those industries, thus balancing out the numbers.
Wait, how? In terms of the possibility of Osi being gay? As if there aren't straight dudes that get off on that ****?
I hope you see what's wrong with that statement.
It's one thing if Osi's been seen with guys and there's rumors but god damn that goes back to the idea of stereotyping homosexual males as hypersexual deviants.
I'm not saying it's less b/c I care how many gay dudes play football. I honestly don't care how prevalent it is, if you can play then by all means. The point that was made was that if you have to secret yourself away it stands to reason that the percentages would decrease. Whether they come out or not, there's still a measure of discomfort that will inevitably discourage them from playing the sport.
Amongst other factors. The hypermasculinity, the partying and the groupies it brings, the media, etc etc. I'm positive there are world class talent homosexual athletes who either give up on or flat out never chase their dreams for fear of what they'd have to deal with.