Former San Francisco 49er player Kwame Harris discussed his sexuality with CNN Newsroom this morning. Harris discussed his years in the closet playing for the NFL.
"You want to escape the despair and turmoil and your mind goes to dark places," said Harris of being in the closet. "I'm happy today. The cost was great not speak candidly open about myself in complete manner. If I could have done it differently, I would have hoped I found the strength [to come out]."
Harris was an offensive tackle who played five seasons with the 49ers and one season with the Oakland Raiders. The footballer was outed in late January when he was charged with felony domestic violence and assault charges in connection with an August 2012 incident involving an ex-boyfriend. The court case happened only days before his former teammates at the 49ers were headed to the Super Bowl.
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