Arizona State football player tells magazine he is gay

Thu Aug 14, 2014 1:32pm EDT
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By David Schwartz

PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona college football player has told a magazine he is gay, probably making him the first active major college football player to come out publicly.

Chip Sarafin, an offensive lineman at Arizona State University, told a local gay sports magazine he decided to start telling his teammates last spring about his sexuality.

"It was really personal to me, and it benefited my peace of mind greatly," said Sarafin, in an interview in the August issue of Compete magazine.

He said he wanted his teammates to her the news from him, and not from "the college rumor mill."

Sarafin is believed to be the first active Division I college football player to say in public that he is homosexual.

His announcement followed a ground-breaking revelation in February by defensive end Michael Sam, who said he was gay after his final college football season finished in Missouri.

Sam, a Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year, was drafted in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams and would become the National Football League's first openly gay player if he makes the team.

"Congratulations Chip Sarafin for having the courage to be yourself," Sam said on Twitter on Wednesday with the hashtag #courage2014. "Wishing you and your teammates much success this season."   Continued...