Colton Underwood, a reality TV personality and former professional football player, has shared some of his experiences while professionally active in the American football community.
Underwood, who came out as gay earlier this year, said he avoided showering in men’s locker rooms after football practice because he was afraid of being “turned on” by a teammate.
On Wednesday, December 15, the former football player said on the “Call Her Daddy” podcast:
“I never really was attracted to anybody who I played with, so it’s sort of silly to even say that, but I wanted to avoid any chance of being outed so I would not shower with the rest of the team.”
When it came to acting on his sexual desires, the former NFL player revealed that he would hook up with men he thought were “straight in their real life, too,” adding, “They were all pretty closeted themselves.”
According to Underworld, this could have been a strategic decision made subconsciously. He told the show’s host, Alexandria Cooper:
“I don’t think there was any man that was going to be coming out to get me because they would be outing themselves as well.
“It wasn’t like a ton of men. It was like a few, and they never had my real name… That’s sort of how scared and secretive it all was.”
Underwood revealed in his new Netflix series, “Coming Out Colton,” that he once tried to suppress his feelings for other men with medication.
“I was suppressing my sexuality so hard that I was taking medication daily to deal with depression and anxiety, and that made me a paranoid freak.
“I didn’t trust a whole lot of people, and I was trying to do anything and everything I could to protect a secret.”