Edward Sarafin becomes first openly gay collegiate athlete
In their most recent issue, Arizona State football player Edward ‘Chip’ Sarafin tells Compete Magazine, a Tempe, Arizona LBGT magazine that he is openly gay. Sarafin became the first current Division I college football player to come out.
Sarafin told the magazine that it was really personal to him and that he spoke to his teammates before going public.
“It was really personal to me and it benefited my peace of mind greatly,” Sarafin told Compete Magazine of coming out to his teammates
Arizona State head coach Todd Graham issued a statement saying the team is a brotherhood and they are not defined by cultural or personal differences.
“We are a brotherhood that is not defined by cultural and personal differences, but rather an individual’s commitment to the Sun Devil Way,” ASU coach Todd Graham said in a statement. “Chip is a fifth-year senior and a Scholar Baller, a graduate and a master’s student. His commitment to service is unmatched and it is clear he is on his way to leading a successful life after his playing career, a goal that I have for every student-athlete. Diversity and acceptance are two of the pillars of our program, and he has full support from his teammates and the coaching staff.”
The Arizona State vice president of athletics Ray Anderson says he is very proud of Sarafin.
“The entire athletics department is extremely proud of Chip and is unequivocally supportive of him.”
The NFL’s first openly gay player, former Missouri and current St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam also Tweeted some support for Sarafin.
Congratulations Chip Sarafin for having the courage to be yourself. Wishing you and your teammates much success this season. #courage2014
— Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) August 13, 2014
Definitely great to see that collegiate players feel comfortable enough to go public with their sexuality. Hopefully, decisions like those of Sam and Sarafin will encourage other collegiate and professional athletes to feel comfortable enough to openly come out.