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‘Quite the relief’ in coming out for Sun Devils’ Sarafin

Chip Sarafin

Earlier this week, Chip Sarafin, in a magazine interview, became the first active player at the FBS level to be openly gay.

For the first time since his sexuality became public knowledge Wednesday, Sarafin addressed his decision to come out with beat writers during the Sun Devils’ annual practice sessions at Camp Tontozona.

It’s quite the relief,” Sarafin said. “At first, I didn’t think it was going to blow up as much as it did, so it was very interesting in that regard. A lot of people out there are very positive about it. I’m glad it’s giving Arizona State some good, positive media attention.”

The fact that Sarafin is gay was known to his teammates for well over a year. While the lineman never addressed the entire team as a whole, he told them individually as well as small groups, eventually telling the coaching staff as well. “To be real honest with you, (this is) not an issue,” head coach Todd Graham said.

It was, though, a big — and important — issue to a lot of people all across the country.

Sarafin said he’s heard former Missouri All-SEC defensive end Michael Sam (HERE) and ex-NBA player Jason Collins (HERE) — professional athletes who have come out — have offered him words of encouragement via Twitter, although he’s yet to actually read them as Internet usage is forbidden during the Tontozona phase of camp. Despite the historic nature of his revelation, the walk-on lineman, who’s a 4.0 student who’s already earned a degree in engineering, was taken aback at the amount of attention his coming out has garnered.

“It (coming out) was something I initially intended to do, but I didn’t intend for it to blow out of proportion like it did,” he said. “I originally did it to get some of the stuff I was working on out into the world, bring attention to some of the issues I thought were important. Obviously, it got to the magnitude that it did and I support this.”

In the end, Sarafin’s hopes align with the hopes of myriad people: that, in the not-too-distant future, stories like this one aren’t stories at all.

“I’m hoping that stuff like this won’t be such a big news story, that people will hear stories like this and it won’t be such a big thing,” Sarafin said. “Eventually, players will be who they are and it’s just that, but right now there still needs to be role models for those types of players.”

(Photo credit: Arizona State athletics)

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13 Responses to “‘Quite the relief’ in coming out for Sun Devils’ Sarafin”
  1. abninf says: Aug 15, 2014 12:46 PM

    I thought a persons sexual behaivor was none of our business. He could have just let himself be seen with all his boyfriends like straight people do instead of putting himself on a pedestal and giving a major public announcement.

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 15, 2014 12:50 PM

    4.0 GPA, already has a degree in Engineering, and deals with the time and energy commitments of football.

    That’s impressive no matter who he sleeps with….

  3. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 15, 2014 1:30 PM

    Is there any chance we can discuss football instead of extolling the homosexual agenda?

  4. osage44 says: Aug 15, 2014 1:32 PM

    He’s that guy you see sitting on the bench with a clean uniform at the end of every game. Now he is a celebrity because he’s a homosexual. We live in a weird world.

  5. musketmaniac says: Aug 15, 2014 2:08 PM

    wow, first time I actually agree a little with every body who has posted. It’s not a football issue, who he sleeps with is not our concern, yet it does have that attention grabbing feel. This is the beginning of all of this, lots more closet exits to come.

  6. ducksk says: Aug 15, 2014 2:29 PM

    Yep, 4-5% of USA is reportedly LGBT, but yet this is big news. I don’t care what he is, alien, white, or strait. STF up and keep your private junk private. I’m suck and tired of this spotlight grabbing prima Donna’s coming out. I don’t care, and it does not deserve the attention. Sick of it.

  7. usedjock says: Aug 15, 2014 3:12 PM

    I honestly and truly do not care if someone is homosexual or not I really don’t. More will follow him and come out I am sure and when I find out about that I really won’t care. What is your business is your business.

  8. musketmaniac says: Aug 15, 2014 3:49 PM

    How long until a non homosexual claims to be homosexual for attention or profit. lot of slippery slope shyt capable of developing. Or easily manipulated for profit.

  9. ducksk says: Aug 15, 2014 4:28 PM

    Breaking news….tens of thousands of excellent student athletes staying out of trouble, and keeping their sex preference to themselves. This POS WANTED HIS 15 minutes. And, I’ll keep my preference to myself, thank you.

  10. musketmaniac says: Aug 15, 2014 4:51 PM

    Let’s turn this into a football related story. He told his fellow offensive linemen last year, so it suggests Graham has control of his football program. He coached at wvu for two seasons seemed like a capable individual.

  11. barkleyblows says: Aug 15, 2014 6:24 PM

    Nobody gives a shit if he’s gay or not. Let’s stick to real stories that ppl actually care about!

  12. fearthehoody says: Aug 15, 2014 9:39 PM

    Attention grab and of course all the media falls for it

  13. John Taylor says: Aug 15, 2014 10:33 PM

    Nobody gives a shit if he’s gay or not. Let’s stick to real stories that ppl actually care about!

    I’m so glad you wrote that, with those specific “ppl actually care about” words, barkleyblows.

    As of the time I’m typing up this comment, the original post as well as this one were the first- and third-most read stories, respectively, of the past seven days on CFT. The comment section is one thing; the traffic numbers suggest an entirely different reality of what people care about.

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