“It’s like you can’t be a gay football player, people will go mad.
I give the example, when I was playing for West Ham, someone from the English federation came and he said ‘we need to accept everyone’ and the amount of players that were like no, if some of my team mates are gay they have to leave now, I won’t do any shower [with them].’
I stand up and I say ‘shut up, shut up everyone, can you hear yourselves?’ We still don’t accept everyone. In the football world they are not open minded enough and it’s a shame.
I understand [why players stay in the closet] because even myself when the players they were coming to me I was like, be careful because if you say it loud you see the reaction of all the players but I will support you and because I had such a power in the dressing room I will protect [you], I will support you.”— Former soccer star Patrice Evra, speaking on the Midpoint podcast about the locker room homophobia he witnessed during his career.