The MLB Has Its First Openly Gay Player, And Everyone’s Being So Nice

David Denson of the Helena Brewers, the Milwaukee Brewers’ minor league team, came out this weekend – and it seems like no one could possibly have been nicer or more supportive about it.

For example, here’s what Milwaukee player Ryan Braun had to say: “Hopefully, everybody is at a point where we can just be supportive, not just understanding, but accepting and supportive of him and his situation.” The MLB said that they support Denson’s decision “to share his personal story and wishes him continued success with his goal of becoming a major leaguer,” and said that they’re “very proud” of Denson. Scott Counsell, a fellow out minor league player (not affiliated with the MLB) said, “Hopefully, this kind of gets something for himself out of the way that can allow all his talents to shine through.”

The Helena team called him “a very courageous young man,” and Denson reported his teammates’ reaction to the announcement as so: “You’re still our teammate. You’re still our brother. We kind of had an idea, but your sexuality has nothing to do with your ability. You’re still a ballplayer at the end of the day. We don’t treat you any different. We’ve got your back.”

What is this! I know what this is, actually. It’s amazing. It’s exactly how people should treat other people. And apparently baseball is the nicest sport in the world. I gotta get me some Brewers tickets – Milwaukee, ho!

[The Guardian]

[Image via MLB]

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