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Former Nova player announces he's gay

Posted on: May 16, 2011 2:50 pm
Edited on: May 17, 2011 5:34 am
Posted by Matt Norlander

We're getting closer to the point where athletes at every level will have no issue with the public knowing they're homosexual. As of now, we've yet to have an active American athlete in team sports come out of the closet, but stories like the one Dana O'Neil so fantastically crafted and presented will help us get to that point.

Villanova's Will Sheridan is the focal point of the story and the latest inspiration to in-the-closet athletes everywhere. Sheridan played at the university until 2007. In that time, his teammates knew he was gay. That's kind of the point: they knew, didn't care and kept it a secret. Sheridan wasn't necessarily afraid of the backlash from the public. It's now gotten to the point where Sheridan considers his sexual orientation so matter-of-fact, he wanted to share just how easy coming out of the closet can be for an athlete.

But because he just doesn't get it anymore.

The big deal. The turmoil. The stigma.

He's proud of who he is, confident, comfortable, borderline arrogant even. And while it wasn't easy, his wasn't the torturously impossible and lonely road so many presumed it would be.

Now the man is making music, living in New York and starting another stage of his life. Last month, I had a post centered around Sheridan's video for his song "Welcome to the Jungle." Interesting to watch that now and know more about the man.

Sheridan doesn't have many Twitter followers -- though his count has risen about 100 since the story went up -- but he did foreshadow to this over the weekend, knowing full well his story would go public on Monday. There's not much more for me to write in this space right now. Read the entirety of O'Neil's story to get the scope of Sheridan's life, which was tough in some parts -- but maybe not the ones you'd expect. The reason he resisted embracing this on a larger stage originally was due to his family, not his teammates or friends.

It's as much a story of courage as it is Sheridan's evolution and comfort.

Photo: AP
Category: NCAAB

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: May 24, 2011 7:31 pm

Seeing Myself

Jeffbear - You're right that being gay is no worse than many other sins. I'm a Christian and I'm an evil, vile man. Seriously. Any Christian who thinks he's better than a gay man is heading down the wrong path. But let's understand; Homosexuality is a sin. Being proud of your sin (pride) is something else. Sin on sin isn't good. Nonetheless, that's a picture of ME.

Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2011 12:52 pm

Former Nova player announces he's gay

Every time an issue like this comes up, here come the Bible thumpers. Shouldn't all of you be flying around in the air or something after yesterday? What makes anyone think that being gay is any worse than any other sin, if you assume that it even is a sin. The bible forbids lots of things that people do all the time, even "Chrstians". Why is it that in religious matters, those who are the strictest tend to be rewarded? It's so stupid I can't even begin to address it all here. Haven't you all seen the pheromone tests and all that stuff they've done to prove that being gay is a regular thing? Do some research people.

Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2011 12:30 pm

Former Nova player announces he's gay

Pretty good news for the gay community. If players like this keep coming out, it will do wonders to dispel some of the stereotypes about homosexuality that we are familiar with. It would help if it was a really good player that nobody could ever expect. That would be shocking.

Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: May 21, 2011 8:36 am

Former Nova player announces he's gay

Ahhh....using Ms Palin's one liners, huh?!  Let me give you an example.  First of all, God DIDN'T do your island experiment, did He?  No, He created all of us and put us all together on this planet.  How have we done, as God's children, as far as being fruitful and multiplying?  I'd say we've done exceptionally well.....maybe even too well, considering the many overcrowded cities around the world.  Personally, I feel that God makes no mistakes and does everything for a reason.  Who knows, God may have created every single human being to be exactly as they are.  He may have even created certain types of people to see how other people treat them.  Unbelievably, even with homosexuals being a part of the population since the beginning of time, somehow our population has grown and grown.  It hasn't dwindled down over time.  So people, please stop using that ridiculous, "but man would no longer exist"  example to fuel your intolerance of people different than yourselves.  We are ALL sinners, and we all should work on being better human beings.  When we are perfect........

Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: May 21, 2011 7:41 am

Former Nova player announces he's gay

More than anything, the Bible tells us to love one another.  Yes, God will be the only judge on that day.  So why does almost every self-proclaimed Christian feel the need to judge and condemn another human being....whom God created?  Please put your energy into feeding the hungry, helping the homeless, or adopting the children that are born into horrible conditions and lives because you've done your duty to make sure they're born...regardless of the pain and suffering they'll endure.  And just to enlighten some folks about homosexuals, the 'sex' part is just that...part of the whole picture.  The same as that of hetero'sex'uals.  Why always say things like, "What they do in their bedroom..." etc.  Is SEX all there is to your marriage or relationship?  It's the same for homosexuals in serious relationships.  Until you've walked in a person's shoes,  don't act like you know "it's a decision".  Comparing the choice to commit murder to the choice to be gay tells me more than I need to know about your erudition.  Lastly, why aren't we stoning women who commit adultery?   I use the word 'women' because the Bible uses the word 'women'.  If you don't think the Bible is sexist, then apparently you haven't read I and II Timothy.  More importantly, read James 2:8  "...Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself..."

Since: Jan 31, 2007
Posted on: May 20, 2011 12:39 am

Former Nova player announces he's gay

Who cares what the bible says!! 

Since: May 17, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 1:46 pm

Former Nova player announces he's gay

this is why i hate gay people

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 1:00 pm

Former Nova player announces he's gay

I cant see how anybody can get mad at society poking fun at this. Its like most gays try to keep it behind closed doors for their own protection and privacy. And then you got guys like this who feel the need to announce it to the whole world and turn around and feel bashed when some people dont accept it. Come on America....this is one of the touchiest subjects to deal with. If you put yourself out there like this, there are going to be people who welcome you with open arms, and there will be people who have major problems with it. I personally think men are meant for women and dont condone it but I also dont condone hate. Too each his own. I just think Will Sheridan didnt have to tell the whole world he is gay. Lets just play sports and stay out of each others business.

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 12:49 pm

Former Nova player announces he's gay

I thought Rudy Gay played for UConn???????

Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2011 12:44 pm

Another MAJOR Announcement Below!

I would like to take this moment--following deep thought and fearful consideration--to announce to the sporting public that, as far as my personal sexual behavior and preferences go, I like women. And I say that as a man. Because I expect that everyone would want to know this--just as, apparently, everyone needs to know about the sexual preferences and desires of this previously unknown and unremembered Villanova basketball player. What kind of self-obsessed narcissist thinks we need to know about his sexual behavior--whether within the norms of acceptable practice for the past several thousand years, or outside those norms? Will, do us a favor: See if you can accomplish something with the rest of yourself that will help you be remembered for something other than your sexual behavior.  In the mean time, how about you shut the **** up about your sexual interests and gratifications, and allow us to focus on more important things? Thank you

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