Dana White: I hope more fighters come out

Thursday, December 27, 2012

No currently active athlete on a major professional male sports team has publicly come out as gay.

Simple statistics tell us there are plenty, but as UFC President Dana White said Tuesday on Showtime’s “Jim Rome: Live,” sports need more brave athletes like Liz Carmouche.

“I love it,” said White. “I think what it’s going to take is it’s going to take some brave people. If you are gay, you’re going to have to be brave, and you’re going to have to come out say it.

“But people are very worried about it. Not just athletes, but actors and actresses in Hollywood, they’re nervous about what’s going to happen to them and their careers if they come out and say they are.”

“It’s 2013. I still think it’s ridiculous that the government can tell two people who love each other they can’t get married.

“I’m happy to have her. She’s our first openly gay fighter, and I hope more [come out].”

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