Chip Sarafin, an Arizona State University football player, became the first active Division I college football player to come out as gay to the public.
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00:02 When -- football player Edward chips cigarettes and sat down
00:05 for an interview with compete magazine. He knew the steps he
00:09 was taking. As a gay sports publication the story would be
00:12 the first time this senior offensive lineman. Publicly acknowledged what his
00:17 fellow players had already known for a year he is gay.
00:21 He didn't seem ashamed by it all he said -- he
00:23 -- his teammates -- others. You can imagine they would be
00:26 more of a nonissue. Say hasn't experienced. Any sort of discrimination
00:32 however. Especially -- here. Managing editor Joshua Weinberg wrote the story
00:37 which is now making -- nationally because while Michael -- set
00:41 the stage for this type of announcement. Sarah think is the
00:44 first division one player to come out while still on the
00:47 field. He wishes it and more an issue. But also unknown
00:52 is that he can effect greater change. Former NFL player Juan
00:55 Roque played for the Sunday rebels during the ninety to 96
00:59 season. He believes the non reaction of stare at his teammates
01:03 is exactly how his fellow players would have handled the situation.
01:06 It comes down to whether or not you can play the
01:08 sport and whether or not you can help your team win.
01:10 And what kind of person you are what kind of team
01:12 member you are. The question remains should a player coming out
01:15 -- story at all. Roque says unfortunately right now the answer
01:20 is yes. I think it is necessary to have -- be
01:22 news because. It's -- is terrible walls down it starts to
01:25 make it not a big deal. And unlike Michael -- Seraphin
01:29 has no plans to go to the NFL he's actually getting
01:31 his masters degree and by -- engineering and hopes to develop
01:35 technology. That will have offered to help protect the ballplayers. From
01:39 serious injuries.