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Bengals Want to Know if Their Draftees Are Gay?

By Matthew Yglesias  

"Bengals Want to Know if Their Draftees Are Gay?"

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Kay Steiger flags an odd sports story:

Via Outsports, the new defensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals, Geno Atkins, told reporters that the only “unusual” question he was asked during the draft was whether he was straight or gay. Atkins didn’t disclose his answer, but it’s a bit odd that the Bengals would even ask the question in the first place.

Outsports surmises that this questions was probably just a one-time thing and not standard procedure for the NFL, but the fact that the Bengals even thought to ask is indicative of how difficult for the NFL to accept non-straight players.

Obviously NFL teams are deeply invested in a kind of macho culture that makes them institutions that are not going to be very open-minded about this sort of thing. Still, you’d think that would actually be so true that it would just “go without saying” all that pro football players are straight even though that’s almost certainly not actually the case.

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