12/17/2013 05:40 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Donté Stallworth, NFL Veteran, Talks Coming Out On HuffPost Live

Wide receiver and 10-year NFL veteran Donté Stallworth stopped by HuffPost Live to discuss a number of issues, among them what it would be like for a player in the NFL to come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT).

Stallworth is an outspoken supporter of the LGBT movement, having previously joined Athlete Ally, a group committed to fighting homophobia in sports. With the NFL often perceived as the toughest sport to come out in, Stallworth opened up on HuffPost Live about his views surrounding what it would take for a professional football player to openly identify as LGBT.

"I think that a player coming out in the NFL would be a lot tougher than it would be with other sports because there's a lot more guys in the locker room -- so there's a lot more different personalities," Stallworth told HuffPost Live. "I think the most important thing is the guy has to know that people are going to be there to support him ... But it would be naive of me to say that there wouldn't be any issues or you wouldn't have to have a very strong organization and a very strong leadership culture in that locker room as well."

Check out the clip above to hear more about Stallworth's views about what it would take to have an active player in the NFL come out of the closet.


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