At least two key members of the tumultuous 1993 Houston Oilers team were gay, former teammates have told the Houston Chronicle.
Not only did the team know about the situation, but players accepted their gay teammates and did not outcast them.
“Listen, those guys that we’re talking about were unbelievable teammates. And if you wanted to go to war with someone, you would get those guys first. Because I have never seen tougher guys than those guys,” said Pro Bowl linebacker Lamar Lathon, who starred at the University of Houston. “And everybody in the locker room, the consensus knew or had an idea that things were not exactly right. But guess what? When they strapped the pads on and got on the field, man, we were going to war with these guys because they were unbelievable.”
In April, NBA center Jason Collins became the first active athlete in any of the four major pro sports to declare he was gay. Collins is a free agent and hasn’t played for a team since the 2013-14 season began. No active NFL, NBA, MLB or NHL athlete has ever publicly declared being gay.
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