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As gay marriage takes center stage in Washington, a report is surfacing that a current NFL player is considering coming out of the closet.

According to a report from CBS Sports’ Mike Freeman, the announcement could happen anytime in the next few months. The unnamed player tells Freeman he plans to continue playing in the NFL after revealing his sexuality.

There has never been an active openly gay player in a major team sport in the United States.

According to Freeman, the player isn’t worried about reaction from his teammates, but is more concerned about how his fans would react.

“The player fears he will suffer serious harm from homophobic fans, and that is the only thing preventing him from coming out,” Freeman writes.

These reports are coming despite well-publicized homophobic remarks made by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver before the Super Bowl.

“No, we don’t got no gay people on the team,” Culliver told reporters. “They gotta get up out of here if they do.”

The reports are also coming out in spite of a slew of questions reportedly posed by NFL executives to players like CU’s Nick Kasa, who said he was asked “if he liked girls” by several NFL team officials at the NFL Combine in February.