Nashville Predators Prospect Luke Prokop Proudly Comes Out As Homosexual
A Nashville Predators prospect has come out as homosexual earlier than his first NHL camp, intent on main an “genuine life.”
Luke Prokop, a 19-year-old Canadian who was a third-round decide within the 2020 draft final fall, posted a message to Twitter on Monday:
“It has been fairly the journey to get thus far in my life, however I can’t be happier with my determination to come back out,” he stated. “From a younger age I’ve dreamed of being an NHL participant, and I consider that dwelling my genuine life will enable me to deliver my complete self to the rink enhance my possibilities for filling my desires.”
No energetic NHL participant has come out as homosexual. Prokop stated he hopes his instance exhibits that homosexual individuals are welcome within the hockey group.
Las Vegas Raiders defensive finish Carl Nassib in June turned the primary energetic NFL participant to come back out.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman recommended Prokop “for sharing his fact and for being so courageous.”
“I share his hope that these bulletins can grow to be extra widespread within the hockey group,” Bettman stated in an announcement. “LGBTQ gamers, coaches and workers can solely carry out at their very best in the event that they dwell their lives as their full and true selves. We don’t take the which means and significance of this announcement flippantly.”
The Predators stated in an announcement the membership is “happy with Luke for the braveness he’s displaying in popping out right now, and we are going to help him unequivocally within the days, weeks, and years to come back as he continues to develop as a prospect.”
Prokop is from Edmonton, Alberta. He performed elements of the previous 4 seasons with Calgary within the Western Hockey League. He stated the previous 12 months and a half gave him an opportunity to seek out his true self.
“I’m now not scared to cover who I’m,” Prokop stated. “I could also be new to the group however I’m wanting to be taught in regards to the sturdy and resilient individuals who got here earlier than me and pave the best way so I might be extra snug right now.”
Bettman pledged the NHL will “do every part doable to make sure Luke’s expertise is a welcoming and affirmative one” and work to make sure help for gamers who observe his path.
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