• Vince Lombardi accepted gay players on his team

    Summary of 2 articles · Updated May 4, 2013
    Lombardi's brother was gay, and during his time with the Washington Redskins in 1969, Lombardi worked with at least five gay men in either the front office or the playing field. Multiple players who played for Vince Lombardi, the legendary former Packers and Redskins coach, say that he knew some of his players were gay, and that not only did he not have a problem with it, but he went out of his way to make sure no one else on his team would make it a problem. Now let me pass along Ian O'Connor's well-reported column on Packers Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, who was decades ahead of his time as "a champion of gay athletes." The ongoing debate about how a gay NFL player would be treated in the locker room has largely focused on the idea that times are changing, and that acceptance of a gay player would be a modern development. Said Lombardi's daughter, Susan: " "My father was way ahead of his time. He felt the pain of discrimination, and so he raised his family to accept everybody, no matter what color they were or whatever their sexual orientation was.
    • Vince Lombardi: 'Champion of gay athletes'

      This week began with NBA player Jason Collins rocking the sports world by announcing he is gay and continued with the unlikely entrance of former Green Bay Packers safety LeRoy Butler into the issue. Now let me pass along Ian O'Connor's well-reported co…
      Source: ESPN.com

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