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Arizona state lineman announces he is gay, first active DI football player to come out

Arizona State Lineman Announces He Is Gay


TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona State offensive lineman Edward Sarafin has told a local magazine he is gay, making him the first active Division I football player to come out.

A fifth-year senior, Sarafin told Phoenix-based Compete, a magazine for gay sports, that he began telling teammates about his sexual orientation last spring.

"It was really personal to me, and it benefited my peace of mind greatly," he said in the magazine's August issue.

The walk-on lineman, who goes by the nickname Chip, follows the precedent set by St. Louis Rams linebacker Michael Sam. Sam told teammates he was gay during his playing days, but did not come out publicly until after finishing his career at Missouri.

Massachusetts sophomore Derrick Gordon (#2 below) became the first active openly-gay Division I basketball player when he came out in April.

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Brooklyn Nets forward Jason Collins (below) became the first active openly-gay player in one of the four major U.S. professional sports leagues when he came out to Sports Illustrated in April 2013. He became the first openly-gay player to play in an NBA game after signing with the Nets last season.

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Numerous other athletes have come out as gay the past couple of years, opening the door for players like Sarafin to do it without much fear of repercussions from teammates or coaches.

"The entire athletics department is extremely proud of Chip and is unequivocally supportive of him," Arizona State athletic director Ray Anderson said in a statement.

A 6-foot-6, 320-pound lineman from Gilbert, Arizona, Sarafin graduated with a degree in biomedical engineering last spring and is currently in Arizona State's master's program. He has yet to play in a game, working as a scout-team player early in his career and providing depth on the Sun Devils' offensive line last season.

Sarafin has been involved in research for football-related concussions and has been active in the community with youth sports and the Tillman Scholars program.

"We are a brotherhood that is not defined by cultural and personal differences, but rather an individual's commitment to the Sun Devil Way," Arizona State coach Todd Graham said. "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."

Sarafin also received support from Sam via Twitter.

"Congratulations Chip Sarafin for having the courage to be yourself. Wishing you and your teammates much success this season. #courage2014," Sam tweeted.

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mvnup August 14 2014 at 6:15 AM

Gays want to be accepted? So then just live and blend in as most people do.But they are trying to change everything into a gay event of organization or any other thing they feel like attacking. What they are doing is creating resentment instead of acceptance.

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mvnup August 14 2014 at 6:16 AM

Same sex couples may be more common, but it will never ever be natural.
I can’t see the need to announce what your preference is unless you are looking for public approval in order to relieve your own guilt.

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patrickliveshere August 14 2014 at 7:35 AM

I don't despise you for being gay. I DO despise you and the other gays that they believe in slamming your gayness in our non-gay faces!!

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HCC11111 August 14 2014 at 7:02 AM

BREAKING NEWS!!!!!! I will be coming out next week as being a hetrosexual white male. Apparently the first one to announce on this site. Stay tuned for details. Why is this news

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puensi666 August 14 2014 at 5:48 AM

What the hell is it any of my business that I should know he likes the hershey highway? I don't want to know, so keep it to yourself.

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nurfaceart puensi666 August 14 2014 at 7:54 AM

So then don't make out with your girlfriend n public!

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brianohorner nurfaceart August 14 2014 at 11:23 AM

How do YOU know he makes out with his girlfriend in public? The guy has a point. I don't care what the guy does, why does he have to tell the world? keep it to your self

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kherronnn nurfaceart August 16 2014 at 2:21 PM

I'm pretty sure sex organs didnt make the Aids virus you ignoramus.

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jerry puensi666 August 14 2014 at 10:47 AM

Or you make out with your boyfriend, or same sex mate

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lvn4eternity August 14 2014 at 11:10 AM

The more proper announcement is - I am perverted. Simply the truth.

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SpiritUSA lvn4eternity August 14 2014 at 11:22 AM

Gays can't handle nor understand the truth.

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rjen164497 August 14 2014 at 7:33 AM

Eddy the pickle smoocher will have little butt cheek decals on his helmet.

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maestro62 August 14 2014 at 7:58 AM

How wonderful. Not. Just shut up and stay in the closet.

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amosesjr August 14 2014 at 4:50 AM

A gay guy in a men's dressing room and showers. Hmmmmmm Is that worse than a straight guy in the women's showers and dressing room? hahahahahahahahahahaha

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twoldwacs amosesjr August 14 2014 at 7:30 AM

they've been there all along, so what's the difference?

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mgt0331 amosesjr August 14 2014 at 8:36 AM

Next, the homos will be asking for separate locker rooms. Ugh........

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eaglephoenix2 mgt0331 August 14 2014 at 8:46 AM

I don't think you have to worry about that. Lol.

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h6666 mgt0331 August 14 2014 at 10:31 AM

the only ones asking for separate locker rooms are homo phobic guys ,worried they might be glancing at other men, mgt033 get help

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vincentpricehowell August 14 2014 at 7:44 AM

Boy he looks sure looks like a lollipop. In my opinion, he needs a little lead to the head, but I'm not in charge. I firmly believe this lifestyle is chosen behavior.

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