Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive player, Ryan Russell, has officially come out as bisexual in a recent open letter published by ESPN.
"Have I lied to teammates, coaches, trainers, front-office executives and fans about who I am? Not exactly. But withholding information is a form of deceit. And I want the next part of my career – and life – steeped in trust and honesty. During the season you spend more time with your team than with your own family; truth and honesty are the cornerstones of a winning culture. My truth is that I'm a talented football player, a damn good writer, a loving son, an overbearing brother, a caring friend, a loyal lover, and a bisexual man," he said.
Russell also reveals that he wishes to return to the league:
"Today, I have two goals: returning to the NFL, and living my life openly," he continued. "I want to live my dream of playing the game I've worked my whole life to play, and being open about the person I've always been.
"Even though openly LGBTQ people are thriving in every area of public life -- politics, entertainment, the top corporations in America -- they are so invisible in pro sports that a gossip blogger is doing a favor for a bisexual football player by not disclosing that he happens to date men," Russell added.
"Nobody should need a favor to live honestly. In nobody's worlds should being careful mean not being yourself. The career you choose shouldn't dictate the parts of yourself that you embrace."