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Ryan O'Callaghan, former NFL lineman, comes out as gay

  • Ryan O'Callaghan, a former NFL offensive tackle for the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs, came out as gay in a powerful profile in Outsports, published Tuesday.
  • O'Callaghan, who said he used football as his “beard,” revealed to the publication that he had abused painkillers and planned his suicide after his career was ended by injury in 2011.
  • “I just didn’t worry about being gay when I took the Vicodin. I just didn’t worry,” O'Callaghan said. “I started spending all my money to put myself in a position where it would be impossible, or at least extremely difficult, to back out of killing myself.” Read more (6/20/17)