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Howard Bragman Discusses Coming Out in the NFL on Gwissues

On the February 1, 2013, episode of his YouTube show, Gwissues, public relations expert Howard Bragman hosted a discussion on homosexual players in the National Football League and the likelihood of a gay player coming out in the future. Together with guests Kevin Arnovitz, Jim Buzinski, and Wade Davis, Bragman weighed in on the lack of openly gay players in the NFL, the difficulties faced by a gay player choosing to come out, and the PR implications of coming out in the modern age of information transparency.

Particularly poignant in light of the 2013 Super Bowl, the episode aired in the wake of anti-gay comments by San Francisco 49ers player Chris Culliver and denials from other 49ers players about their involvement in an anti-bullying campaign with pro-LGBT rights objectives. In addition to the blatant homophobia faced by gay players, as exemplified by Culliver’s comments of January 29, the show touched briefly on the charges being leveled against former player Kwame Harris, who allegedly assaulted an ex-boyfriend in August 2012.

All three guests and Bragman agreed that any player who does come out will need to carefully control the circumstances surrounding the announcement to avoid media sensationalism. They also noted the importance of support from family and friends as well as fellow players. In closing the show, Bragman encouraged gay players to contact him for support and advice.

Howard Bragman is the author of Where’s My Fifteen Minutes?, as well as the founder of the media and public relations company Fifteen Minutes and the Vice Chairman of Reputation.com.

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