Of the more than 10,000 men playing major college football, none have yet come out as gay. UCLA football coach Jim Mora did his part to try and pave the way, appearing in the school’s “You Can Play” video this week.
Mora shows up at 0:20, while star quarterback Brett Hundley and defensive back Librado Barocio join in at 1:35. Women’s gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field and women’s basketball coach Cori Close open the video, which also features athletes from numerous other UCLA teams.
Of the 600 #UCLA student-athletes at tonight’s discussion, about half said a teammate had come out to them. That really shocked me.
— Cyd Zeigler (@CydZeigler) April 16, 2013
The video was follows an on-campus seminar moderated by Outsports’ Cyd Zeigler on Monday, one attended by over 600 athletes and 100 coaches. Mora told Outsports that though he hasn’t addressed the topic of homophobia or a gay player with his team, the Bruins would all welcome one.
“It doesn’t matter to me,” he said. I don’t judge people on their color of their skin, their sexual orientation, their religious beliefs. It doesn’t matter to me.”
The coach added that two of his fraternity brothers from Washington have come out of the closet since they graduated, and is optimistic that NFL would embrace an openly gay athlete. Former Baltimore Raven Brendon Ayanbadejo recently said that multiple pros may be considering coming out.
(h/t Yahoo! Sports)