Chris Kluwe: “Necessary Roughness” gets locker room right
After watching the two episodes of "Necessary Roughness" dealing with a gay football player coming out, I was struck by how accurately the writers and producers of the show portrayed what the locker room would be like. Now, obviously this is a television show, and no gay player has come out yet. But the show managed to capture the very essence of an NFL locker room.
It's about choice.
It's about individual players choosing how they react to a teammate, and whether or not they let that affect how they play on the field. It's about choosing to talk to one another and understand, rather than relying on stereotypes and ignorance. It's about choosing to speak up when it would be easier to stay silent (and it's all too easy to stay silent and collect a paycheck). It's about rallying around one another and realizing that we go through the same miserable aches and pains and the grind of a season (yes, even us punters, we're people too) until finally you get a chance to rest and do it all over again. It's about choosing the men you bleed and sweat with, tell jokes with, tease and mock over everything because it's all fair game in the locker room — choosing the friendship and camaraderie over the anger and intolerance.