Honestly, I think it will happen in baseball sooner than in football or basketball. The reason I say that is because I think there is less of a connection to religion in baseball. The religious roots are a lot deeper in basketball and football… I think baseball players are more open minded.
The baseball players I have known from growing up — I’ve known guys like Pat Burrell — just my interaction with the baseball players and them being on the road and stuff, their lives are a lot different. Whereas, the football guys, we have chapel every Sunday, no matter where we are — there are a lot of religious things going on, whether it’s chapel or Mass or whatever religious group you’re a part of, we have something for you. We do prayers before and after every game. I don’t know if baseball is like that, but I don’t think that it is.
I played baseball for 12 years growing up as a kid. So I don’t know. I could be wrong. But I just felt that they were a bit more open-minded and not so tied to religion as much as football and basketball.
Baltimore Raven linebacker and LGBT advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo, hedging his bets on which major-league sport will have an out player first, to USA Today.