Gay: NFL’s New Collective Bargaining Agreement Includes Clause Banning Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation

- By Bossip Staff

Wow the gays are making strides everywhere these days, same sex marriage, the end of DADT in the military and even the NFL is saying no to discrimination based on sexual orientation!

The National Football League has formally prohibited discrimination against players based on sexual orientation, according to the new contract inked between players and owners.

Among the additions made to the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement this summer was the phrase, “sexual orientation,” in the section listing what owners and the NFL Player’s Association are forbidden to consider in their treatment of a player.

The collective bargaining agreement was approved by the players Aug. 4.

“There will be no discrimination in any form against any player by the Management Council, any Club or by the NFLPA because of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or activity or lack of activity on behalf of the NFLPA,” the new agreement reads, according to The Huffington Post, drawing from an earlier article by the website Wide Rights.

“We certainly believe, speaking for the Players Association, that we have a tremendous social and cultural impact,” George Atallah, spokesman for the NFLPA, said.

“We definitely understand the effect that we have on society and culture, and we feel we have a responsibility to have very high standards. With something like discrimination of any kind, we just want to make sure we are a symbol for good.”

It wasn’t clear which side – either players or ownership – pushed for the clause’s inclusion in the agreement, the Huffington Post said Monday night.

Several NFL players, though – including Brendon Ayanbadejo of the Baltimore Ravens and Scott Fujita of the Cleveland Browns – have prominently spoken out in favor of marriage equality.

Now that the clause is there, do you think gay players and/or staff who may have feared coming out before, will come out now? Or is this just a formality to show the NFL isn’t as homophobic as most would think?


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  • Riqui Lawrence

    I think it will be a little time and very slow going before an active NFL player comes out. There is still going to be fear of loss of big endorsements and fans. Although there are plenty of avid gay NFL fans we’re still not necessarily thought of as a major market to some sponsors, sports advertisers or agents.

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