​Kwame Harris Couldn’t ‘Come Out’ In NFL​​

By: | 03/30/2013 11:35 AM ET
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Kwame Harris discusses how the NFL and his sexuality were not compatible in an interview with former Stanford teammate Coy Wire.

The previous six season NFL player discussed how he wishes he could have done things differently.

“I love football. Football provided me with some experiences, and some opportunities that I wouldn’t trade for anything else,” Harris told Coy Wire in an exclusive interview with CNN that aired on Friday. “But at the same time, the cost was great in asking me to not speak candidly or be able to be open about myself in this complete manner.”

Harris was able to keep his sexuality private during his NFL career; however, it was brought to light in January after he, and a former boyfriend got into an alleged altercation that made headlines.

In his recent interview with Wire, Harris reflected on the decision he made not to come out while in the NFL.

“No, not while I was playing. I didn’t see those two things as being compatible,” Harris said when asked if he ever considered coming out while playing n the NFL. “But now when I look back in hindsight, if I could have done it differently, I would like to think that I would find the strength or find the fortitude or the grace to kind of make the hard decision.”