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Arizona State OL Edward Sarafin announces he is gay

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The wall for gay football players in major Division I college football programs was broken down by Missouri’s Michael Sam last season, although nobody outside the Missouri locker room knew about it. The 2014 season will be different, as Arizona State is believed to be the home of the first publicly out football player at a major Division I college football program.

Edward Sarafin, a back-up offensive lineman, has come out in the public, using an interview in Compete, a regional magazine in Phoenix, to tell his story. As told in the story, Sarafin broke the news to his teammates at Arizona State last spring, perhaps inspired by the story of Sam and his acceptance by his Missouri teammates.

Eventually, we will reach a point where news of a football player coming out will not be such groundbreaking news, but we have not quite crossed that line just yet. This is tremendous news for the sports world and the gay community.

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33 Responses to “Arizona State OL Edward Sarafin announces he is gay”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 13, 2014 5:40 PM

    Wow…. good for him.

  2. derekgorgonstar says: Aug 13, 2014 5:42 PM

    God, not this again…..

  3. mydixienormus says: Aug 13, 2014 5:46 PM

    Bravo to him.

  4. mauldawg says: Aug 13, 2014 6:02 PM

    What a waste of space. I guess players now think if you come out NFL teams will draft you. Then you will get a contract base on being Gay because the Gay people will sue the team that cuts you. Its a sad world we live in.

  5. pdcooper08 says: Aug 13, 2014 6:28 PM

    If the media stops making a big deal about it, then it will die down. I could care less what any of these athletes do behind closed doors. It’s none of my business. Can we just keep it to football.

  6. lbijake says: Aug 13, 2014 6:43 PM

    Congratulations to him. If another 10 guys came out, this would cease being news.

  7. sablemikec says: Aug 13, 2014 6:51 PM

    Why is this breaking news?

  8. ktwebb6468 says: Aug 13, 2014 7:10 PM

    Mauldawg. Please, please please do not have children. Watch idiocracy to find out why.

  9. august589 says: Aug 13, 2014 7:23 PM

    “Eventually, we will reach a point where news of a football player coming out will not be such groundbreaking news, but we have not quite crossed that line just yet. ”

    As long as you keep reporting it, the “line” will never be crossed. Only the media cares; the rest of us don’t. However, it appears that it is now chic to come out as gay. There are no repercussions for while if one even disagrees with the lifestyle in a considerate manner, that person is chewed a new vent by those pushing the agenda.

    I’ll go on record now to say that, with the preponderance of single-mother/no-dad homes, there will be many more males come out as gay in the next 20 years.

  10. dmvtransplant says: Aug 13, 2014 7:24 PM

    @ ktwebb6468

    So your telling me if Michael Sam was cut by the Rams, Chris Klwue wouldn’t be on ESPN or HBO sports the next day talking about how the NFL and American people hate gays? I don’t know what world you’re living in, but if a punter can sue a team for being released because he supports the gay community then Mauldawg has a point and an actual gay player could do the same.

  11. nowareyou says: Aug 13, 2014 7:56 PM

    “Why is this breaking news?”

    News is derived from the word “new.”

    When something has never happened before, or very rarely happens, it is news.

    As the article states, this guy is “believed to be the home of the first publicly out football player at a major Division I college football program.”

    So it’s new, thus it’s news….

    When a bunch of guys have done this, it will cease being news.

    “If the media stops making a big deal about it, then it will die down. I could care less what any of these athletes do behind closed doors. It’s none of my business. Can we just keep it to football.”

    The whole point of him coming out is so he doesn’t have to hide his gay relationships behind closed doors. If he were to start holding hands with a guy in public, then there would be rumors and whispers. By making an announcement, all the rumors go away.

  12. Kevin McGuire says: Aug 13, 2014 8:15 PM

    Considering he is nothing much more than a back-up offensive lineman, I think you are reaching here.

  13. Kevin McGuire says: Aug 13, 2014 8:16 PM

    We’ll get there. We’re just not there yet. It is a big deal, even though I agree it should not be. Soon.

  14. Kevin McGuire says: Aug 13, 2014 8:18 PM

    This is the first active player to say he is gay. It is a big deal, and if you do not think it is I would suggest contacting and seeing what gay people think of it. Again, we’ll get to that point but we have steps along the way to that ultimate goal.

  15. microbrewuga says: Aug 13, 2014 8:32 PM

    I have no interest in the sexual preference of college athletes. Gay or straight. If you are male and prefer a female, keep it to yourself. If you are male and prefer males, keep it to yourself. I am just not interested. You might as well be telling me you prefer angel hair pasta to fettuccine, and even though I love angel hair pasta too, I just don’t care. Well, fettuccine is good too, I’ll be back in a minute, I’m hungry.

  16. jonesjourdan24 says: Aug 13, 2014 9:19 PM

    The Next Michael Sam. Get drafted and then gets cut.

  17. texasbornlsufan says: Aug 13, 2014 10:18 PM

    Another 7 round pick!!! He’s gay we must draft him

  18. thraiderskin says: Aug 13, 2014 10:40 PM

    hey Kevin, not that I want to get too far into this, but you asked a reader to contact gay people and find out their opinion for validation, but have you done the same, since this is your article?

    Anyway, it will continue to be news until its not. It sucks, but it is what it is.

  19. bigpimp69 says: Aug 14, 2014 3:11 AM

    Who cares? A back-up O-Lineman that has never seen the field? (Good for you Sarafin if it helps you in life) but who cares at all?

  20. longborer69 says: Aug 14, 2014 3:13 AM

    Coming next on CFT: We’ll be bringing you a report on which football players like to look at porn while masturbating, and which are self-actuated and don’t need the porn. The fact that they are willing to discuss their thing publicly is “tremendous news.”

    Sports journalism: always lifting the quality of public discourse to new heights.

  21. raiderufan says: Aug 14, 2014 7:17 AM

    Have any of you self involved dolts ever stopped to think that maybe, just maybe, he’s not coming out to you?

    He’s coming out in general because anyone not actively denying common sense is able to see that a man walking around from the ASU football team or anywhere else is gonna be caught in a media fire storm.

    He’s coming out because he’s apart of a national spotlight that gets constant media coverage and to comfortably live his life as a walking talking loving caring gay man in public it’s the only way. You’re gonna have to deal with it until it is the norm and it isn’t reported. You’re about #182,000,000 on his list of people he cares about knowing he’s gay.

    Coming out as gay is now chic…are you kidding? What’s this #3? Maybe #4 in all of modern sports? Come on.

  22. bralinshan says: Aug 14, 2014 7:31 AM

    Why is this “news”? Covering the sexual preference of college players is ridiculous.

    This is not a sports story. I’m sickened by a constant agenda being driven down the throats of people who simply want to read about college football without all of the social commentary…

  23. 1historian says: Aug 14, 2014 8:03 AM

    Bralinshan – agreed.

    Social commentary – agreed again, but for some reason these ‘writers’ are unable to refrain from making social commentary.

    “This is tremendous news for the sports world and the gay community.”

    gimme a break

  24. abninf says: Aug 14, 2014 8:51 AM

    Why do people make an announcement concerning their sexual behaivor? I thought it was none of our business.

  25. wareagle1961 says: Aug 14, 2014 9:38 AM

    Yawn

  26. bralinshan says: Aug 14, 2014 9:45 AM

    Maybe the way around this sexuality stuff is to put the players sexual preference in the media guide.

    John Jones #55/Madison HS/Center/Homosexual

    This way, the sexual preferences of all players becomes our business. And, we can find out more about our favorite players without these announcements.

  27. floreskins says: Aug 14, 2014 10:12 AM

    FABULOUS!!!!

  28. 2liveted says: Aug 14, 2014 11:55 AM

    people complain it isn’t news, but these articles routinely have the most views and comments, so that opinion is obviously false. we all know the real reason they say it “isn’t news.” it is because they’re embarrassed to say what they really feel.

  29. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Aug 14, 2014 1:49 PM

    @ raiderufan,

    Don’t get ” BUT HURT ” over this. We are in America and everyone gets their own opinion. Is this news or is everyone exploiting this poor young man who just had to share his sole with the world. Not share with his family, friends, and teammates but the sports media. Maybe he will get lucky and land a TV show. And as far as homosexuality becoming the norm, we will have bigger fish to fry then pointless stories like this. Like I don’t know a huge population decrease.

  30. asimonetti88 says: Aug 14, 2014 3:06 PM

    I’m sure all of the people saying this isn’t sports news and shouldn’t be reported say the same thing when reports of star players on rival teams get arrested.

  31. neverwas1 says: Aug 14, 2014 6:55 PM

    He is not “coming out”. His team, coaches, family and friends knew he was gay last spring. This magazine simply did an article on him and he answered the questions truthfully, like he should. As someone pointed out earlier, he is not coming out to YOU. He could give two $h_ts about what we think about him.

  32. coolhorn46 says: Aug 15, 2014 9:44 PM

    Let’s see a show of hands of college players who aren’t gay…

  33. dhardy8207 says: Aug 17, 2014 8:59 AM

    abninf says:Aug 14, 2014 8:51 AM

    “Why do people make an announcement concerning their sexual behaivor? I thought it was none of our business.”

    ———————————————————-

    I agree… It almost seems as if he is trying to garner attention for the gay society at large. Just like with Sams, I always thought the timing was questionable. Why wait till the end of your senior season to make such an announcement when all your teammates knew far in advance.

    I could care less what one does behind closed doors and seeing a gay couple out in public is no longer an anomoly. Just really don’t think one’s sexual preference is something that needs to be broadcast in order for there to be acceptance…

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