josebach wrote:The conservative estimate is that 5% of people are gay which means there are at least 75 gay men in the NFL and at least 50 in MLB. Among them, you can be rest assured there's some famous names.
12.7% of women have breast cancer. Of all my relatives and friends... i know none. 55% of americans are overweight. out of my closer group of friends... about 20-30 people. There's only 1 overweight person.
you can't extrapolate numbers. especially with homosexuality in sports. or putting a national statistic into a small field. a field that isn't greatly diverse.
Ok, scratch that "at least" part and replace it with whatever you think would make the statment accurate.
The point is, there's quite likely a lot of gay people in the professional sports. To deny this, goes against common sense.
from Esera Tuaolo, former NFL player who came out after retiring:
My world was different. I know people are going to ask me how many other gay players are out there, or if there's a secret handshake or something. I can honestly say that in nine years in the NFL, my "gaydar" never went off. Nobody ever made a pass at me, or asked me if I was gay, or even hinted about it. I know I can't be the only one, and if gays are 10% of the population, there should be four or five gay players on every team. But other than myself, I don't know of a single one.
People ask me if I think a superstar football player will ever come out during his playing days. I hate to be negative, but I don't see it happening. The league just isn't ready for it, and neither are the fans. The NFL doesn't even give benefits to same-sex partners. I'd like to be wrong. It would be cool if we could just set a date, and on that day all the players, all the owners, all the coaches, all the owners' and coaches' kids, the fans -- all the people involved in football who are gay -- could just come out all at the same time. Or maybe David Geffen will buy a team, and I can be the coach. I won't hold my breath. All I can do is live in truth. I am doing that now, and I can't tell you how happy I am.