Collingwood utility player Tyson Goldsack says the AFL is “probably behind the times” by not having an openly gay player at the elite level.
“I hope someone does come out just so they can then be themselves and hopefully they are treated in the right way and it allows other people to come out as well,” he told the Herald Sun.
“I think the worst thing would be if someone does choose to come out and it gets taken the wrong way or it gets blown out of proportion, which it shouldn’t.”
Essendon captain Brendon Goddard and Hawthorn’s Matt Spangher agree, saying the time is right for a gay player to come out.
They said the AFL needs to tackle the issue as it has done with racism, domestic violence and indigenous affairs.
Goddard, who admitted using homophobic language in the past, said the first openly gay senior player could “create a domino effect”.
“I think now the AFL players and the AFL itself would definitely give their support if someone was to come out,” he told the Herald Sun.
“Not to say they wouldn’t have before, but I think if a guy was to come out in the AFL they would feel a lot more comfortable knowing they would have the support.”
The trio have joined Richmond captain Trent Cotchin and former Carlton star Chris Judd to support the Move In May fun run for equality in Melbourne on May 22.
Picture: David Caird (Herald Sun)