Titus O’Neil Interview: WWE Reaction to Darren Young Coming Out ‘Very Positive’

WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil joins 4th & Pain to discuss Darren Young’s recent decision to announce he is gay.

O’Neil, who teams with Young as The Prime Time Players, says WWE’s reaction to Young’s coming out has been “very positive.”

“For him to exhibit the courage that he did to go and discuss his sexual orientation to the world was a brave move to some, but to me is just an act of what type of man he is,” O’Neil said. “You can only live behind certain people’s stereotypes or certain barriers in life for so long. At some point you have to say ‘man, to hell with it. I am who I am. I do what I do and I’m going to be who I want to be.’”

O’Neil says he’s know about Young’s sexual orientation for “a while,” but that it was irrelevant.

On how the reaction may be different in NFL locker room

“The football locker room and the WWE locker room are two completely different things,” said O’Neil.

He says that unlike an NFL locker room where 53 players comprise a single unit, the wrestling locker room is constructed of more individuals which lends itself to “more shots” for backstabbing.

“If you play a position, you play a position. If you don’t play a position, you’re really not a threat. In WWE, everybody really plays the same position. Everybody is trying to be a WWE Superstar. So, whatever shot you can take, whether it be if a person is gay or not, they’re going to try to make something of it. Whereas in football, whether a person is gay or not it doesn’t matter. If they go out and make plays, they make plays. Period.”

“I can assure you there are guys, whether they came out openly gay or not, there gay guys in NFL and college locker rooms.”

Super Bowl Contenders

He says it’s tough to say this early, but he thinks the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks — both from NFC West — have the best shot.

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