Meet Jason Akermanis. Professional Australian Football League player and newspaper columnist. Jason has chosen this week, Anti Homophobia Week, to write a newspaper column telling all gay players that they should stay in the closet because he doesn’t think AFL is ready to deal with a gay player. He thinks the pressure on the first player to do so would “Tear the fabric” of the club.
He also went on to say that he doesn’t think it’s a safe environment to come out as it would make the other players in the team uncomfortable in the showers. “Akers” said that the players are at the height of masculinity and along with that comes homophobia.
Thankfully, another high profile player and a top coach have disputed his statements saying that they didn’t think anyone on their team would have a problem with a gay colleague.