Every day, it seems, there's more news regarding the issue of homosexuality in the NFL.
This week Kwame Harris, a former first-round draft pick by the San Francisco 49ers who was involuntarily outed after a fight with his ex-boyfriend, spoke about his struggle for the first time. And Harris was refreshingly candid regarding his experience and the current landscape of the league.
"You want to escape the despair and turmoil and your mind goes to dark places,” Harris told CNN about hiding his sexuality. "… I'm happy today, and I'm glad they were just ideas and I didn't act on any of them."
Shortly after Harris was outed, 49ers defensive back Chris Culliver made some controversial comments regarding the acceptance of an openly gay player in an NFL locker room. That's why it is important for players like Harris to continue speaking out. Because in many ways, the culture of the league has some ways to go before it reflects that of our society at large.