Chip Sarafin, a non-scholarship offensive lineman for the Arizona State football, has come out publicly as gay in an article for Compete magazine. Sarafin, who has yet to play in a game with the Sun Devils, is believed to be the first active major-college football player to come out publicly.
"It was really personal to me, and it benefited my peace of mind greatly."--Chip Sarafin, on coming out to his teammates
Of note, is that it was the university who offered the story of Sarafin’s coming out to Compete journalist Joshua Wyrick.
"He likes to talk a lot more about his profession than his sexuality, of course [but] he really wants to make sports better from a safety standpoint and from an acceptance one, too."
And when the story broke last week, the ASU athletic department, and football coach, Todd Graham released a statement:
"We are a brotherhood that is not defined by cultural and personal differences, but rather an individual's commitment to the Sun Devil Way. Chip is a fifth-year senior and a Scholar Baller, a graduate and a master's student. His commitment to service is unmatched and it is clear he is on his way to leading a successful life after his playing career, a goal that I have for every student-athlete. Diversity and acceptance are two of the pillars of our program, and he has full support from his teammates and the coaching staff."
Man, the times are a’changing, aren’t they?
So, welcome out, Chip, and please accept as our gift, a copy of The Gay Agenda and the Obligatory Coming Out Toaster Oven.
Welcome out, and blaze that trail.
via AZ Central
Read Chip's story at Compete