Posted: 13 March, 2014
by Triple M Footy
Barrett: AFL Not Ready For Gay Players
Damian Barrett tells the Midweek Rub the AFL isn't ready for openly gay players
The AFL is not ready for an openly gay footballer to be amongst its ranks, according to Damian Barrett.
Speaking on Triple M’s Midweek Rub, Barrett said that the media and the footy industry as a whole would have no issue with handling the situation but the problems would emanate from the public and the crowds in general.
Damo feared a ‘pretty brutal’ experience for any player who came out of the closet and described that scenario as an ‘indictment’ on Australian society.
His comments came on the back of former star England footballer Sol Campbell saying the English Premier League crowds would also treat gay players horribly.
Jason Dunstall totally agreed with Damo, adding it would be ‘taxing’ for any AFL footballer to make it known that he was homosexual.
Is the AFL ready for its first openly gay footballer? Or do you agree with Damo and The Chief?