College Football Player Mitch Eby Comes Out

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A junior defensive end at Chapman University in Orange, Calif has come out as gay. Mitch Eby told his teammates after having a conversation with the first active openly gay college football player Conner Mertens who encouraged him to come out. “A lot of people use the word ‘gay’ with a negative connotation,” Eby told SBNation.com recently. “They say something is ‘gay,’ and most of the time it’s in a very negative light. That made me feel like people have a negative association with somebody being gay. Comments from my friends, my teammates, coaches, everyone I know, whether they realized it or not, it definitely had an impact on me.” Eby’s announcement has been positive from his teammates. “Some of the people I thought would take it the worst have since been the friendliest to me,” Eby said. “More people have said ‘what’s up’ to me in passing and been even friendlier than ever before. Maybe they feel bad for what they said or did before, but whatever the reason, they feel like they need to be nice to me, to show me that I’m still a part of the team.” [ESPN]

 

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