Sports | March 9, 2018 2:07 pm

Former NFL CB Wade Davis Holding Anti-Homophobia Clinic for Coaches

The former NFL cornerback will work with the league to address homophobia.

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Former NFL player Wade Davis speaks at New York City Pride 2015 Rally. (Rob Kim/WireImage)

Former NFL cornerback Wade Davis wants to teach the league about homophobia. He is going to work with the league to hold meetings with NFL coaches to address the issue. He told TMZ Sports that he has been in contact with the NFL to run a training and clinic in the offseason for coaches and staff to address this issue. “[I want them to] understand the physical, emotional and spiritual cost to creating a hostile environment for gay male athletes,” Davis said, according to Bleacher Report. His push comes after LSU Tigers running back Derrius Guice said an NFL team representative asked him at the NFL Scouting Combine if he liked men. New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple received a similar question from an Atlanta Falcons assistant coach at the 2016 combine. According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said the question was “disappointing and clearly inappropriate.” Davis left the NFL in 2003. He came out as gay during an interview in June 2012 with Outsports’ Cyd Zeigler. In February 2014, Davis told the Washington Post’s Kent Babb that he had met with NFL representatives in preparation for the moment the league had its first openly gay player. A few months later, Michael Sam was the first openly gay player selected during the NFL draft. The then-St. Louis Rams took the Missouri Tigers defensive end in the seventh round.