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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Gay NFL player reportedly considers coming out

03.26.13 at 7:53 am ET

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NBA: Knicks at Celtics, 7 p.m. (TNT; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Clippers at Mavericks, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NIT, Maryland at Alabama, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Rangers at Flyers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB preseason: Cardinals at Mets, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB preseason: White Sox at Rangers, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB Network: Astros at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)


‘™¦ Could the NFL have the first openly gay athlete in a major American team sport? According to NFL writer Mike Freeman, it might happen this spring.

After interviewing several current and former players, Freeman wrote Monday that a current player is considering making a public announcement of his homosexuality and attempting to continue his career.

The player’s concern, according to the report, is not his teammates but the treatment he might receive from homophobic fans.

“I honestly think the players of the NFL have been ready for an openly gay player for quite some time now,” free agent linebacker Scott Fujita told Freeman. “Trust me, the coming out of a player would create much bigger waves outside the locker room than inside. The way I’ve seen the conversation around LGBT issues evolve, especially in the past few years, has been encouraging. Guys are more accepting than they used to be. Even those who raise personal objections to homosexuality, some of whom are good friends of mine, would still be able to coexist and accept a gay teammate.”

‘™¦ According to a forthcoming book about Lenny Dykstra, the former Mets and Phillies outfielder is a sociopath who consistently exhibited racist and sexist behavior before eventually landing in jail on charges including bankruptcy fraud and grand theft auto.

The book is called “Nailed! The Improbable Rise and Spectacular Fall of Lenny Dykstra” and its author, Christopher Frankie, at one point worked for Dykstra until quitting because he wasn’t being paid. Frankie details Dykstra’s abusive and destructive behavior, especially his mistreatment of employees, women and even his own family, from whom Dykstra reportedly stole thousands of dollars.

‘™¦ Royce White, who only days ago tweeted that he was leaving the Rockets’ D-League affiliate to spend the rest of the season in Houston, returned to the Rio Grand Valley Vipers. White, who had claimed a team doctor advised him to leave the Vipers, tweeted Monday that a “miscommunication” with the Rockets had been cleared up.

White, a first-round draft pick (16th overall) who has acknowledged having an anxiety disorder, has played in 12 games for the Vipers, averaging 9.6 points and 5.6 rebounds.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 26, 1974, the Red Sox released which two future Hall of Famers?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “They seem to be a little tired right now. That’s our assessment of our team. We’ve got some players right now that are fighting to find their games.” — Bruins coach Claude Julien, after Monday night’s 3-2 shootout victory over the Maple Leafs

STAT OF THE DAY: 13 — Strikeouts by Red Sox minor league left-hander Henry Owens in facing 15 batters during an intrasquad game Monday in Fort Myers, Fla.

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): From Monday night’s Bruins game, B’s assistant Geoff Ward tosses away his malfunctioning earpiece, and it lands in the beer of a fan in the front row.

Here’s a look at the court for the Final Four being constructed at a warehouse in Michigan.

Former 49ers and Bears defensive lineman Anthony Adams pokes fun at himself in this retirement announcement video.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Shortstop Luis Aparicio (who retired) and designated hitter Orlando Cepeda (who signed with the Royals for a final season in the majors)

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Steven Tyler was born on this day in 1948.

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