NFL Will Go Further to Protect Gay Players and Prospects

After a meeting with New York's attorney general, NFL officials offer up new measures to protect players, recruits, and prospects from antigay discrimination.

BY Diane Anderson-Minshall

April 24 2013 10:59 AM ET UPDATED: April 24 2013 1:32 PM ET

New York's attorney general Eric Schneiderman

After a meeting with Eric Schneiderman, New York's attorney general, the National Football League announced that it will go one step further to make sure gay players are sheilded from harassment and discrimination, according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle. Schneiderman told Michael Gromley of the Chronicle that the NFL will promote a "culture of inclusion" for gay players and prospective players by hanging posters in locker rooms that underscore the long-standing antidiscrimination policy and training players, managers, and other employees about the policy during training meetings and its annual Rookie Symposium and Football Operations Meeting. 

Gromley reports that the meeting between NFL officials and the attorney general were "informational and cooperative, and the league wasn't facing any charge and didn't need to agree to the measures." The meeting, however, came after a handful of draft picks told reporters in February that NFL officials had quizzed them on their sexual orientation. 

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reiterated to the Chronicle that "discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation is not consistent with our values and is unacceptable in the National Football League."
 

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