It would really be tough for a gay guy in the NFL, for the locker room to understand him as a homosexual — I’m not saying it’s impossible to pull off, but I’m saying right now the fear of coming out of the closet and more so coming out in the locker room would really be too tremendous to overcome. It’s unfortunate because it shouldn’t be that way. I understand that the locker room is pretty intimate. I do understand that there are 53 guys walking around nude at times and I do understand how guys may feel uncomfortable, but I don’t think that it should impair someone’s decision to live their life, have their freedoms and express themselves. I don’t know whether that will be five, ten or twenty years from now but right now the NFL culture has no tolerance toward it.
—Marcellus Wiley, former NFL defensive end and current ESPN analyst, on the the locker room’s culture of fear