Australian footballer Jason Akermanis (pictured, left) has written an article suggesting the world of football is not ready to embrace openly gay players on the heels of news that two players have been offered $150,000 each to be the first to come out.
"If a player wants to out himself, then I say good luck," Akermanis writes. "But I believe the world of AFL footy is not ready for it. To come out is unnecessary for a lot of reasons. Imagine the publicity associated with a current player admitting he's gay. It would be international news and could break the fabric of a club."
Akermanis said he doesn't support homophobia and he hopes in the near future the sporting world will be more open to embracing gay players.