Seahawks’ Clemons: It Would Be ‘Selfish Act’ If NFL Player Came Out Of Closet

SEATTLE (CBS Seattle/AP) — Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons believes it would be a “selfish act” for an NFL player to come out of the closet during his career.

Clemons made the comments through his Twitter account following a CBS Sports column which noted that a current gay NFL player is considering coming out publicly.

“Who on Gods [sic] earth is this person saying he’s coming out of the closet in the NFL?” Clemons tweeted.

Clemons believes if someone comes out as a homosexual, that team’s locker room will be immediately divided.

“I’m not against anyone but I think it’s a selfish act,” Clemons said. “They (are) just trying to make themselves bigger than the team.”

The NFL has taken a public relations hit after some of the league’s players made anti-gay comments.

During the lead-up to the Super Bowl, San Francisco 49ers Chris Culliver said gay people wouldn’t be welcome on the team.

“I don’t do the gay guys man,” Culliver said in January. “I don’t do that. No, we don’t got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do. Can’t be with that sweet stuff.”

The 49ers distanced themselves from Culliver’s comments while the cornerback made a public apology through a team statement.

Even during the NFL Combine last month, teams reportedly asked players what their sexual preference was. Michigan quarterback-turned-receiver Denard Robinson, Colorado tight end Nick Kasa and Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell indicated they were asked about their sexual orientation at the combine in Indianapolis.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called it “unacceptable.”

Clemons tore his ACL during the Seahawks playoff win over the Washington Redskins in January.

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