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WWE Superstar Darren Young Comes Out

WWE superstar Darren Young just dropped a bombshell, telling TMZ, he's gay ... and no, this isn't part of the act.

Darren was at LAX Wednesday when we asked whether a gay wrestler could succeed in WWE, and Darren laughed, saying, "Absolutely. Look at me. I'm a WWE superstar and to be honest with you, I'll tell you right now, I'm gay. And I'm happy. I'm very happy."

For the record, Darren is now the first openly gay wrestler ever at WWE ... and the first headlining wrestler ever to come out while still signed to a major promotion.

Other pro wrestlers have been rumored to be gay, but that's it ... just rumors.

Bottom line: this is big, big news. For all its chauvinism and testosterone-driven bravado, coming out in WWE is tantamount to coming out in the NFL.

Of course, wrestling is a little different, particularly because of how physical it is, and how little clothing is involved -- but Darren is completely unfazed.

by Anonymousreply 24808/14/2017

Interesting. I don't follow pro wrestling so I'm not familiar with this guy, but my impression is that WWE guys are always playing characters. And that they maintain those characters out of the arenas just like during their shows.

So I wonder if this conflicts with the role he plays. Is he a ladies man in the ring?

by Anonymousreply 108/15/2013

That is big news for a still predominately homophobic "sport". Management will handle this well considering their top exec Triple H and his wife are big supporters of marriage equality. They also have their anti-bullying campaign.

Being a casual wrestling fan, I'm stunned by this news. I never once had one gay ping whatsoever from Young. Good for him; he didn't have to do this at all.

by Anonymousreply 208/15/2013

OMG yes. This guy is FOINE!! So glad he's one of us. For those of you who don't follow wrestling or him, have a look, and yes he changes his appearance a lot:

by Anonymousreply 308/15/2013

Is he in blackface?

by Anonymousreply 408/15/2013

You and I obviously have very different taste R3. He's anything but fine. He can obviously kiss his career goodbye. He'll be coming to you soon in some gay pron soon.

by Anonymousreply 508/15/2013

lemme guess R5 is another only-white-is-hot DL moron. Darren Young is a handsome guy with a great body. Of course he has crazy style-he's in the WWE. Go back to your "average white guys who DL thinks are hot" threads.

by Anonymousreply 608/15/2013

[quote] He can obviously kiss his career goodbye.

And you seem to oddly delight in that. And I disagree, it might even help his career because the WWE will be bending over backwards to make sure it doesn't look like he's being discriminated against. It'll be interesting to see how the audience responds though.

by Anonymousreply 708/15/2013


by Anonymousreply 808/15/2013

Good for him OP!!

Sadly, there are 2 mitigating factors here:

- It is no longer 1988-1998, so the NY-based media cares about pro-wrestling.

- He is black. In the white community, gay black men have it easier since it makes them less threatening. Call me when a John Cena or Rock-caliber white wrestler emerges.

by Anonymousreply 908/15/2013

(R4) or very tanned white guy.

by Anonymousreply 1008/15/2013

should have read as :

so the NY-based media NO LONGER CARES.....

by Anonymousreply 1108/15/2013

Why do people bother to clarify that kind of thing though r11? I never do, it was obvious you'd what you'd left out, it wouldn't make sense otherwise.

by Anonymousreply 1208/15/2013

He's pretty damn sexy to me.

by Anonymousreply 1308/15/2013

His body is definitely smoking. His face is good too, though it's hard to tell since he's usually mugging, as is expected for a pro-wrestler. It'd be nice to see a pic of him just looking polished and debonaire.

by Anonymousreply 1408/15/2013

This dude is hot to death, a kick ass superstar wrestler, and smart as a whip! What a true role model. This is the year of the Bi/Gay Athlete.

by Anonymousreply 1508/15/2013

I think he is sexy and good for him.

by Anonymousreply 1608/15/2013

With his hair straightened he does look kinda like a white guy in blackface. But with his natural hair you can clearly see that he's a black guy. He looks much better in the latter form. And he's probably a snowqueen, so that's great for me.

by Anonymousreply 1708/15/2013


by Anonymousreply 1808/15/2013

He looks like John Cena. Are they related?

by Anonymousreply 1908/15/2013

John Cena, the current WWE Champion and the most popular wrestler in the company, says he is proud of Young’s decision to come out.

“Darren is a great guy and that’s a very bold move for him. Congratulations to him for finally doing it,” Cena told TMZ. “Good for him.”

For Cena, Young’s announcement hits close to home. The wrestling icon has an older brother who is openly gay.

by Anonymousreply 2008/15/2013

I want him deep inside me.

by Anonymousreply 2108/15/2013

Is he in blackface?

by Anonymousreply 2208/15/2013

Already been asked upthread, R22.

by Anonymousreply 2308/15/2013

He looks to be a light-skinned black man who wore bronzer.

Anything's better than the disgustingly milky white skin of Shaymus.

by Anonymousreply 2408/15/2013

Who can dispute that this guy is attractive? Weirdo racists, I guess, but otherwise?

by Anonymousreply 2508/15/2013

The TMZ interview seems to have been set up in advance. They just happen to catch the WWE wrestler and ask him about gay wrestlers and he just happens to be gay and comes right out.

by Anonymousreply 2608/15/2013

He just may be the hottest masculine gay celebrity or public figure. I can't think of one who is hotter and totally masculine.

by Anonymousreply 2708/15/2013

Anyone else see his resemblance to John Cena?

by Anonymousreply 2808/15/2013

anyone remember Pat Patterson's Cream Team?

by Anonymousreply 2908/15/2013

Yes, R28, a John Cena in blackface.

by Anonymousreply 3008/15/2013

The comments at r20's link show that mouth breathers are not quite ready for the gay thing.

by Anonymousreply 3108/15/2013

Darren Young is gorgeous and much hotter than Cena.

by Anonymousreply 3208/15/2013

Nice to know Cena's cool though. I already knew he was a softy because I heard he's fulfilled more "Make A Wish" meetings with dying kids, than any other celebrity. He's a gentle giant.

by Anonymousreply 3308/15/2013

He seems to have a prolapsed vajeen w/ angry clit under left armpit @ R8 's link!?!?

by Anonymousreply 3408/15/2013

Wikipedia: n an interview released on August 15, 2013, he publicly discussed being gay, making him the first wrestler ever to come out while still signed to a major promotion.[58] Later that same day, released a statement in support of Rosser for being open about his sexuality

by Anonymousreply 3508/15/2013

Look at him in this pic! Just wow!

by Anonymousreply 3608/15/2013

Separated at Birth?

by Anonymousreply 3708/15/2013

He's not the first pro wrestler to come out. I remember one a few years back, Kayne or Kanyon or something who was quite a big star in his own right who wound up committing suicide.

by Anonymousreply 3808/15/2013

He's the first wrestler to come out while under contract to a major wrestling organization. Kanyon (RIP) came out after he was released.

by Anonymousreply 3908/15/2013

He is a hot piece of mancandy.

by Anonymousreply 4008/15/2013

I thought the blackface people were being racist. Then I Googled him.

Reminds me of Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder.

Hot body though.

by Anonymousreply 4108/15/2013

R24 I find both the milky white of Seamus and the bronze of Darren hot... Mmm

by Anonymousreply 4208/15/2013

Does anyone know what happened to Goldberg?

by Anonymousreply 4308/15/2013


by Anonymousreply 4408/15/2013

Goldberg was hot as hell.

by Anonymousreply 4508/15/2013

He has very "white" features.

by Anonymousreply 4608/15/2013

[quote]Call me when a John Cena or Rock-caliber white wrestler emerges.

What a stupid, short-sighted response.

ANY sport, or "sport," figure who comes out is important.

by Anonymousreply 4708/15/2013

I am so glad when someone at this level comes out and it's not the typical white dude. Of course, gay people and gay media will ignore him and worship whatever white dude from WWE comes out next, kind of like how Jason Collins came out and then that white soccer dude did and guess which one is on the cover of out?

But anytime someone comes out and they're black, I like it.

by Anonymousreply 4808/15/2013

preach R48 Young is a stud and I'm glad he's so comfortable being out. He's much hotter than most of the wrestlers in the WWE. Fuck the white-only DL queens here. To the non-white-only DL members, thumbs up.

by Anonymousreply 4908/15/2013

R17, why on EARTH would you say he's probably a snow queen? Where would you get that idea from?

by Anonymousreply 5008/15/2013

Sorry to all the cool White gay dudes, but the next time you hear people call White gay dudes out for being racist, don't be so quick to get upset.

by Anonymousreply 5108/15/2013

[quote]The TMZ interview seems to have been set up in advance. They just happen to catch the WWE wrestler and ask him about gay wrestlers and he just happens to be gay and comes right out.

It is kind of weird how there is NO ONE else around and all the baggage carousels have long been turned off. How long were these two talking!? Damn.

by Anonymousreply 5208/15/2013

he looks kind fat.

by Anonymousreply 5308/15/2013

r52 The media knows that all the WWE Superstars are on their way to LA for Summerslam. There is more cover than usual from TMZ in regards to WWE this time of the year.

The guy probably thought that Young was going to give a chaotic response and boy was he wrong.

by Anonymousreply 5408/15/2013

He's hot as hell

by Anonymousreply 5508/15/2013

That's nice but I really want to know about THE ROCK!

by Anonymousreply 5608/15/2013

I would pay good real money to have goldberg use me like a cheap whore.

by Anonymousreply 5708/15/2013

awww... a pic with mom :)

by Anonymousreply 5808/15/2013

Hottest openly gay dude in the Nation. By far.

by Anonymousreply 5908/15/2013

A) There was an episode of WWE Insider where wrestlers were asked something like, what celebrity do you most get confused for or resemble. Titus O'Neal instantly said John Cena for Darren Young.

B) Goldberg will be at my city's Comic Con in November. I am sooooo there.

by Anonymousreply 6008/15/2013

OMG! Can't believe this is actually happening!!

by Anonymousreply 6108/15/2013

Former WWE wrestler Orlando Jordan is also a proud homoerectus.

by Anonymousreply 6208/15/2013

[quote] like how Jason Collins came out and then that white soccer dude did and guess which one is on the cover of out?

Robbie Rogers came out before Jason Collins.

by Anonymousreply 6308/15/2013

Jason Collins got the cover of Sports Illustrated. Jason also got far, far more coverage on every sports TV program. And that is without him having a job.

Rogers is at least actively competing in his sport.

by Anonymousreply 6408/15/2013

R37, that pic has it wrong. Cena is on the left and Young is on the right. But they do look similar.

by Anonymousreply 6508/15/2013

Why is 'separated' spelled wrong in the link at R37, or am I missing a joke?

by Anonymousreply 6608/15/2013

"gay media will ignore him and worship whatever white dude from WWE comes out next"

I represent that remark!

by Anonymousreply 6708/15/2013

Darren Young is a fine ass dude. And 100 percent masculine jock. Rock on, Bro!

by Anonymousreply 6808/15/2013

[quote] Darren Young is a fine ass dude. And 100 percent masculine jock. Rock on, Bro!

Have you seen his bathroom cabinet?

by Anonymousreply 6908/15/2013


by Anonymousreply 7008/15/2013

By Josh Dulaney, LA Daily News

Posted: 08/15/13, 7:14 PM PDT | Updated: 7 mins ago

After becoming the latest high-profile athlete to announce that he is gay, Darren Young, a professional wrestler with World Wrestling Entertainment, spoke briefly at an anti-bullying assembly Thursday at Samuel Gompers Middle School in South Los Angeles.

But instead of talking about his sexual orientation, Young, whose given name is Fredrick Douglas Rosser, spoke to a group of eighth-graders about overcoming a speech impediment early in life.

“People told me that I would not be a WWE superstar, and I didn’t take no for an answer,” Young said. “I improved my speech and I’m living the dream. So (all I can) tell you is, if you have any types of disabilities, don’t (sell) yourself short.”

Young said he is gay during a TMZ interview Wednesday at Los Angeles International Airport while answering a question about whether a homosexual wrestler could be successful in the WWE.

“Absolutely,” Young said in the interview. “Look at me, you know, I’m a WWE superstar, and to be honest with you, I’ll tell you right now, I’m gay. And I’m happy, very happy.”

He went on to say that a person’s sexual orientation shouldn’t matter.

Young is the latest well-known athlete to publicly announce he is gay.

In April, professional basketball player Jason Collins announced his sexual orientation in a Sports Illustrated article.

The Collins announcement immediately overshadowed the one by Brittney Griner — a former center at Baylor selected No. 1 overall in the 2013 WNBA draft by the Phoenix Mercury — who shortly before came out as a lesbian.

WWE released a statement shortly after the announcement where they expressed support for Young, who was signed by the promotion in 2009.

“WWE is proud of Darren Young for being open about his sexuality, and we will continue to support him as a WWE Superstar,” the statement read.

The statement also referenced the event at Samuel Gompers Middle School.

On Thursday, “in fact, Darren will be participating in one of our Be A STAR anti-bullying rallies in Los Angeles to teach children how to create positive environments for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation.”

Be a STAR (Show Tolerance And Respect) is a multiplatform, global anti-bullying initiative that was founded by The Creative Coalition and WWE in April 2011, according to the WWE’s website.

by Anonymousreply 7108/15/2013

A bump - because some fool started a new thread.

by Anonymousreply 7208/15/2013

WWE superstar Darren Young was in the grip of a force more powerful than John Cena when he decided to come out of the closet ... and that force is love.

WWE sources tell TMZ ... Young told the wrestling org. he is "deeply in love" with his boyfriend of 2 years ... a man named Nick (pictured above with Young). We're told Young -- whose real name is Fred Rosser -- has been living with Nick for some time now in Florida.

Our WWE sources say Young told them Nick was actually the driving force in his decision to come out.

As you know ... Young dropped the bombshell on a TMZ photog at LAX earlier this week. Since then ... he's received a ton of support, from wrestling superstars including John Cena himself. He also got a call of support from fellow gay professional athlete Jason Collins.

Read more:

by Anonymousreply 7308/16/2013

Nick looks very "off duty drag queen".

by Anonymousreply 7408/16/2013

He's being interviewed on the Today Show this morning.

And he does look like Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder.

by Anonymousreply 7508/16/2013

Stone Cold Steve Austin weighs in. He took the goddamn words straight the hell out of my motherfucking mouth.

by Anonymousreply 7608/16/2013

Matt Lauer, who interviewed Darren Young on The Today Show this morning, seems more comfortable around gay people than he was a few years ago. He still keeps using the word "homosexual", though.

by Anonymousreply 7708/16/2013

[quote]Former WWE wrestler Orlando Jordan is also a proud homoerectus.

He came out as bi either while he was with WWE or TNA.

by Anonymousreply 7808/16/2013

hot couple...I'd like to see a sex tape of them fucking.

by Anonymousreply 7908/16/2013

Young (also known as Black Cena) used to go out with one of the divas, I believe. He's a nice guy, talented young dude. Could be better on the mic but very well liked.

by Anonymousreply 8008/16/2013

Matt Lauer is a cunt.

by Anonymousreply 8108/16/2013

I think he was on the Today Show today.

by Anonymousreply 8208/16/2013

SHOCKING that Stone Cold Steve Austin, who comes across as such a redneck, is actually for same-sex marriage. I guess you really shouldn't judge a book by it's cover.

Now, on the other side, is Shawn Michaels. You know, the guy who bared his ass throughout the 90s, appeared in Playgirl and looked like a Chippendale reject. After years of drug addiction he found Jesus and now he's a bible-thumper who is very anti-gay. Go figure.

by Anonymousreply 8308/16/2013

There was a time back in the day where you just KNOW Shawn Michaels probably engaged in the homosex. He was so hot back then.

by Anonymousreply 8408/16/2013

the boyfriend Nick is not hot. Homophobic wrestling fans think this coming out is all an elaborate hoax. I hope they're not right.

by Anonymousreply 8508/16/2013

Now Dwayne Johnson can come out and all will be well in the world of hot black homosexual wrestlers.

by Anonymousreply 8608/16/2013

Darren/Fred with Matt Lauer on Today Show.

by Anonymousreply 8708/17/2013

[quote]Nice to know Cena's cool... I heard he's fulfilled more "Make A Wish" meetings with dying kids, than any other celebrity.

Fuck him. Just fuck him. This is exactly what I'd expect from that monkey-faced prole. He's making it that much harder for those of us who don't have time for such nonsense.

by Anonymousreply 8808/17/2013

R87 thanks for that link. He's well spoken and it's amazing to hear him say he had a stutter as a kid too. It's all gone and now he's a public figure who's always on camera. I hope his career goes far and his reach extends outside of wrestling too.

by Anonymousreply 8908/17/2013

Homophobic Shawn Michaels (who has really butched it up since the 90s when he looked like a Chippendale reject) to TMZ: "It's hip to be gay right now."

by Anonymousreply 9008/18/2013

He really does resemble Cena facially. It's almost like Cena in blackface.

by Anonymousreply 9108/18/2013

Damn - I never knew Shawn Michaels was such a prick.

by Anonymousreply 9208/18/2013

Why is he a prick? He didn't say anything demeaning about Young or gays in that video. Hell, he looked like he was heading off to the local leather/bear bar.

I remember back in the day when everything he did was pretty much homoerotic. I love this clip of him simulating giving a blowjob, down to the "tickling of the ballsack"...

by Anonymousreply 9308/18/2013

My Respect for John Cena has soared.

Just watched the entire TMZ interview, the TMZ commentator's comments (he's a wrestler too), and the interview with John Cena.

Wow. What a cool story.

by Anonymousreply 9408/18/2013

r93, if you were aware of Shawn Michaels' comments about gays and same-sex marriage over the years, you'd be able to read between the lines. Saying "it's hip to be gay right now" is not a gay-positive statement.

by Anonymousreply 9508/18/2013

I want to see what he looks like with his hair cut low. He is hot now despite his big hair.

by Anonymousreply 9608/18/2013

August 21, 2013

When Darren Young came out of the closet to TMZ last week, it raced through most of the national media publications. However, there is some thought among insiders that the WWE planned out the reveal. Former WWE star Justin Credible said on Aug. 21 that he heard it was carefully thought out.

Almost immediately after announcing to TMZ that he was gay, Young began touring with the Be a Star foundation, the WWE’s anti-bullying partners. He also picked up a big tag team win on “WWE Monday Night Raw” as the Prime Time Players are suddenly wrestling as faces.

With all this happening, the idea that Darren Young coming out of the closet being planned makes a lot of sense. One thing that Justin Credible said was that it seemed strange that TMZ would show up and ask a gay wrestler what he thought would happen to a gay wrestler in the WWE. The coincidence is just too great.

Credible said that it was too convenient and that the Darren Young coming out party was planned out by the WWE to push their first openly gay active wrestler. He pointed out the mainstream press that the WWE received right before “WWE SummerSlam,” and said that it was a strong move by Young, but couldn’t have been just a coincidence.

If the WWE planned the Darren Young coming out with TMZ, does it lessen its impact at all?

by Anonymousreply 9708/21/2013

To the question raised by the r97 post...

So long as DY is being honest in what he is saying, I'm fine with the possibility that the coming out was orchestrated as a PR move.

What I mean is, I wouldn't hold it against DY so long as he is telling his own truth. As for the WWE not being up front about exploiting it as a marketing opportunity - I would expect nothing less from them.

People hire Howard Bragman to do something similar and prepare statements for them to say in public, so it's not all that much different.

by Anonymousreply 9808/21/2013

r93: If upon hearing I was gay someone said to me "it's hip to be gay", I would be very offended. I worry that you don't see the problem with that statement.

by Anonymousreply 9908/21/2013

Darren seems like a great guy too. He responds to a lot of his fans on twitter and always re-tweets pics of him with fans that his fans posted. I hope his popularity continues to soar.

by Anonymousreply 10008/21/2013

Is he really high profile, though, like the Rock? If not, then it won't matter to the rank and file wresting fan.

WWE fans are white. I don't think the demo cares about a black guy coming out. Sorry. Not saying I agree with it, but it would mean more if a white superstar, or even the Rock came out.

by Anonymousreply 10108/21/2013

while more wwe fans are white, there are a LOT of black and mixed latino fans that you see in the crowds. The main group who doesn't seem to be into wrestling is asians. So I disagree R101 . Darren coming out is a big deal.

by Anonymousreply 10208/21/2013

He's not high profile like the Rock obviously, but there is only a handful of wrestlers that are. But the fact that he's still active in the roster and he wrestles in main event matches makes him coming out pretty big.

by Anonymousreply 10308/21/2013

As a wrestling fan, I was really kinda curious how the WWE audience would respond to Darren Young during the PPV on Sunday or RAW on Monday night. The PTP (his tag team) didn't really factor in SummerSlam, but a friend of mine who was at RAW on Monday said they got an incredible pop from the crowd - a lot louder than usual. Considering how macho the wrestling audience tends to be, I think it's cool that happened.

by Anonymousreply 10408/22/2013

Has he had a match since coming out?

by Anonymousreply 10508/24/2013

Darren Young (w/Titus O'Neal) vs. Antonio Cesaro (w/Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger). Cesaro popped Young in the mouth and went to work fast, but Young came right back and hit a northern lights suplex. Swagger distracted Young, but Titus pulled him off the apron. Young hit the gut buster for the win…[C]

Darren Young defeated Antonio Cesaro at 2:31.

by Anonymousreply 10608/24/2013

Does he have a big cock?

by Anonymousreply 10708/24/2013

He really does look like John Cena dipped in milk chocolate. Yum!

Top or bottom?

by Anonymousreply 10808/24/2013

Darren is a fine ass dude. Look at him!

by Anonymousreply 10908/24/2013

There are so many hot WWE guys and Darren is certainly 1 of them.

by Anonymousreply 11008/24/2013

Those pics comparing him to John Cena are uncanny. I imagine Cena must know that people think he looks like Young.

by Anonymousreply 11108/24/2013

He is winning

by Anonymousreply 11208/28/2013

So many people are coming out this year, and it all started with this guy! First Darren Young, then Lucas Cruikshank and of course Wentworth Miller.

by Anonymousreply 11308/28/2013

So, does he have a big cock?

by Anonymousreply 11408/28/2013


Eh... Jason Collins, Robbie Rogers...

by Anonymousreply 11508/28/2013

More masculine role models

by Anonymousreply 11608/29/2013

[quote]More masculine role models

Carson Kresley

by Anonymousreply 11708/29/2013

last week he had nice applause from the crowd. The WWE is a very reactive organization. I think they just might try to elevate Darren Young to main event status in the near future. That would be awesome.

by Anonymousreply 11808/29/2013

I need a dude like this

by Anonymousreply 11908/30/2013

He's a beautiful person!

by Anonymousreply 12008/30/2013

And what are the dimensions of his penis whilst erect?

by Anonymousreply 12108/30/2013

Don't be vulgar, dude

by Anonymousreply 12208/30/2013

"Don't be vulgar, dude"

Oh, heaven forfend!

by Anonymousreply 12308/30/2013

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Two weeks ago Darren Young made history by becoming the first WWE wrestler to publicly disclose that he is gay.

And although one may assume the atmosphere inside of a professional wrestling locker room would more closely resemble a Hollywood set, given the elaborate story lines and over the top in-ring performances, the environment can still parallel that of an NBA or NFL dressing area at times as many of the performers come from traditional athletic backgrounds.

Still, the reaction to Young’s announcement has been “very positive” according to his tag team partner, Titus O’Neil. In fact, it’s been pretty much a non-issue.

O’Neil and Young perform together as the money-driven Prime Time Players on television.

Young’s announcement came as no surprise to O’Neil who tells the “4th & Pain” radio show that he has known about his wrestling counterpart’s sexual orientation for some time.

“Darren is a great friend of mine away from the ring,” O’Neil told Washington Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker and I on the show. “I consider him a part of my family. My kids call him ‘Uncle Darren.’ … At some point you have to say ‘Man, to hell with it. I am who I am. I do what I do and I’m going to be who I want to be.’”

But would Young’s reception have been different had it been in an NFL locker room?

O’Neil and Carriker, both of whom have experience in the NFL, were able to provide unique insight into the question.

Of the four major professional sports in the U.S., only the NBA has an openly gay athlete in Jason Collins. So closeted is the NFL that only a handful of players have chosen to come out after their playing days concluded.

Yet, despite an apparent stigma that still exists within the 32 NFL locker rooms, O’Neil believes a person might have a better overall reception within those confines, than backstage at a wrestling event where fierce battles for television time can lead to low blows, cheap shots and backstabbing in real life.

“If you play a position, you play a position. If you don’t play a position, you’re really not a threat [in the NFL],” O’Neil said. “In WWE, everybody really plays the same position. Everybody is trying to be a WWE Superstar. So, whatever shot you can take, whether it be if a person is gay or not, they’re going to try to make something of it. Whereas in football, whether a person is gay or not it doesn’t matter. If they go out and make plays, they make plays. Period.”

There were rumblings this offseason that a handful of NFL players were considering jointly breaking the sexual orientation barrier, but nothing has come of the rumors to date.

“I can assure you there are guys, whether they came out openly gay or not, there are gay guys in NFL and college locker rooms,” said O’Neil, who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars organization following a collegiate career at the University of Florida.

Although ultra-competitive behind the scenes, WWE has publicly supported Young.

The wrestling organization is highly touted for its philanthropic work in the community that including the Be A STAR anti-bullying effort. The campaign aims to teach children not to discriminate against others regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation.

Young, a 29-year-old New Jersey native, is not the first openly gay wrestler in the history of the company. In the past, a few wrestlers have chosen to come out within the confines of the locker room, but have kept their sexual preference from the public.

Orlando Jordan, a former WWE talent, portrayed an openly bisexual character during a 19-month tenure with competing Total Nonstop Action Wrestling that began in 2010. He is also bisexual in real life.

Young, whose real name is Frederick Rosser, wants to inspire others within WWE who fear coming out will prove detrimental to their personal and professional lives.

“I’m hoping to be able to make a difference,” he said. “It’s very important to me that people understand that someone’s sexual preference shouldn’t really matter. It should be about the person.”

Young has been a mainstay on the WWE roster since 2010 and is not expecting the disclosure to impact his in-ring performance. He expects others in the company to put personal feelings aside and maintain professionalism in the event they are worried about contact in the ring.

“All sports are physical. We’re all adults,” said Young. “To be honest with you, when I come to work, I come to work. This is business. I’m a WWE Superstar. I’m there to entertain the WWE Universe and that’s what my job is to do and I do it well.”

by Anonymousreply 12409/01/2013

WWE Superstar and one half of the Prime Time Players tag team unit, Titus O’Neil talks about Darren Young, his revelation about him being gay, the reaction in the WWE locker room and more in this latest interview.

On Darren Young: “Darren is a great friend of mine away from the ring. I consider him a part of my family. My kids call him ‘Uncle Darren.’ They run, they play, they joke with him.

“For him to exhibit the courage that he did to go and discuss his sexual orientation to the world was a brave move to some, but to me is just an act of what type of man he is. You can only live behind certain people’s stereotypes or certain barriers in life for so long. At some point you have to say ‘man, to hell with it. I am who I am. I do what I do and I’m going to be who I want to be.’ “

On how the reaction would be different in NFL locker room: “The football locker room and the WWE locker room are two completely different things.” He says that unlike an NFL locker room where 53 players comprise a single unit, the wrestling locker room is constructed of more individuals which lends itself to “more shots” for backstabbing. “If you play a position, you play a position. if you don’t play a position, you’re really not a threat.

“In WWE, everybody really plays the same position. Everybody is trying to be a WWE Superstar. So, whatever shot you can take, whether it be if a person is gay or not, they’re going to try to make something of it.

“Whereas in football, whether a person is gay or not it doesn’t matter. If they go out and make plays, they make plays. Period. I can assure you there are guys, whether they came out openly gay or not, there are gay guys in NFL and college locker rooms.”

by Anonymousreply 12509/01/2013

When I clicked on OP's link, I expected some steroid-inflated freak like so many in the WWE are. I was pleasantly surprised to see he has a normal healthy-looking physique. Another plus: Overcoming a speech impediment as a young kid is a huge deal.

by Anonymousreply 12609/01/2013

Dang. Titus O'Neil is hot too!

by Anonymousreply 12709/01/2013

The difference between the NFL and the WWE is that one is actually a sport.

by Anonymousreply 12809/01/2013

WWE and NFL players have similar bods. Equally as hot.

by Anonymousreply 12909/01/2013

DY is a class act.

by Anonymousreply 13009/08/2013

It's really only about "hot" it's not about gay men working openly in any field they choose. They have to be hot first, gay second...maybe.

by Anonymousreply 13109/09/2013

Well, masculine first, then hot.

by Anonymousreply 13209/09/2013

The Prime Time Players are undefeated since Darren Young said he was gay.

by Anonymousreply 13309/09/2013

WWE star Darren Young will be appearing on "Ellen" this Friday afternoon.

by Anonymousreply 13409/13/2013

Do you really feel you have to identify him as "WWE star" when you are posting in a thread that is all about him, r134?

by Anonymousreply 13509/13/2013

He was SO charming on Ellen today. I loved the way he blew a kiss to his boyfriend in the audience. It's also uncanny how much he resembles John Cena. It's like Cena dipped in caramel.

by Anonymousreply 13609/13/2013

Cena dipped in caramel sounds so friggin hot, dude.

by Anonymousreply 13709/13/2013

Height: 6'1" Weight: 239 lbs. From: Miami, Fla. Signature Move: Gut Check

by Anonymousreply 13809/18/2013

damn I missed his Ellen appearance. I hope it's online.

by Anonymousreply 13909/18/2013

here's part of the interview...hopefully all of it will appear online soon. In addition to being HOT, Darren seems like a great guy and his bf is cute too. That's a sex tape I'd watch:

by Anonymousreply 14009/18/2013

[quote]In addition to being HOT

This is extremely, extremely important. The most important and pressing part of being a gay man. If you look like John Goodman, stay closeted.

by Anonymousreply 14109/18/2013

Actually, the most important part is being very masculine. The second most important part is being HOT. Darren Young is both, so he is an APEX ALPHA Male.

by Anonymousreply 14209/18/2013

I would say this:

1) Being a top 2) Being masculine 3) Being hot 4) Working as an administrative assistant

by Anonymousreply 14309/18/2013

And a subset of 1) masculine is: being an athlete/jock in major team or combat sports (football, basketball, hockey, baseball, wrestling, MMA, soccer, boxing, lacrosse)

by Anonymousreply 14409/18/2013

Darren Young's boyfriend Nicki

by Anonymousreply 14509/18/2013

Eh, he can do better.

by Anonymousreply 14609/18/2013

They seem like a cool couple

by Anonymousreply 14709/18/2013

[quote] 1) Being a top

Would others co-sign this?

by Anonymousreply 14809/19/2013

Being a top is up there in the rankings, but I would not put it in the top three because some bi/gay dudes are total tops themselves and only seek guys who are bottoms or versatile.

by Anonymousreply 14909/19/2013

Cool hot dude

by Anonymousreply 15009/25/2013

For years, wrestler Darren Young put on a brave face for his fans when he entered the ring, but in reality he was harboring a secret that was eating him up inside – he is gay.

"I was terrified of losing friends, losing my job, just everything," the World Wrestling Entertainment star, 29, exclusively tells PEOPLE in the latest issue. "I had no idea what would happen if I came out."

But Young's fears were put to rest on Aug. 14 after he announced his sexual orientation – a revelation he had shared with close family and friends two years ago – to a reporter with a camera who approached him at Los Angeles International Airport.

"There came a point in my life where I just wasn't happy living a double life," Young says about revealing his secret to the world and becoming the first openly gay WWE star. "It was spur of the moment, and I said what I said and I was confident. But when I left, I said to myself, 'What the hell did I just do?' "

Keep up with your favorite celebs in the pages of PEOPLE Magazine by subscribing now.

Despite his fears, Young – known outside the WWE world as Fred Douglas Rosser III – was greeted with open arms by not only the organization's management and fans, but also his colleagues in the ring.

"They all embraced me, and that was just shocking to me. I truly love them," says Young, who resides in Miami with his boyfriend of two years, Niccolo "Nick" Villa, 25. "It was such a relief. I'm not hiding anymore and I'm living the dream."

For more on Young, his life with Villa and the reaction from the WWE world, pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

by Anonymousreply 15110/02/2013

YES. Love that he's getting a People article. The pic of him and his bf is cute :)

by Anonymousreply 15210/02/2013

He is very hot

by Anonymousreply 15310/06/2013

He seems like a sweetheart and will often retweet fan pics that his fans post on twitter. So glad this is working out for him.

by Anonymousreply 15410/06/2013

WWE's Darren Young wears purple against bullying for Spirit Day Published Thursday, Oct 17 2013, 4:24pm EDT | By Catherine Earp | Add comment Recommend 0 0 Submit WWE star Darren Young has shown his support for Spirit Day, in a stand against the bullying of LGBT youth.

The former Nexus member participated by wearing purple and encouraging others to do the same in a video posted on Twitter.

Read more:

by Anonymousreply 15510/17/2013

He could do SOOOOOO much better than that BF.

by Anonymousreply 15610/17/2013

Love him and what he's doing and what he represents. Finally a famous and publicly out gay, black, masculine guy. I hope he continues to be one of the faces for LBGT people.

by Anonymousreply 15710/17/2013

Darren Young is a BOSS!

by Anonymousreply 15810/17/2013

[quote]Finally a famous and publicly out gay, black, masculine guy.

Fuck you, R157.

by Anonymousreply 15910/17/2013

Don Lemon is goodlooking, but he is not a jock.

by Anonymousreply 16010/19/2013

he even looks great in pink

by Anonymousreply 16111/01/2013

I really love this guy. He is just an awesome human being.

by Anonymousreply 16211/01/2013

He'd be hot in anything he wears. Love him and his personality too.

by Anonymousreply 16311/01/2013

Darren and his boyfriend have major potential as porn stars!

by Anonymousreply 16411/01/2013

Every time I watch that airport video I just swell with pride.

by Anonymousreply 16511/01/2013

R165 I love him for it. I want him to eventually do movies like the Rock. He deserves to be even more famous.

by Anonymousreply 16611/02/2013

El día de ayer 2 de noviembre del año 2013, el luchador profesional Frederick Rosser, mejor conocido en la WWE, como Darren Young, cumplió 30 años de edad.

Debutó en la WWE en el programa NXT el 23 de febrero del 2010, como face, siendo instruído por CM Punk. En su primera lucha fue derrotado por David Otunga. El 13 de abril del año 2010 derrotó a Luke Gallows, acompañante de Punk, pero el 18 de mayo del 2010 fue eliminado de NXT. El 7 de junio del 2010 en RAW, Young y los demás rookies de NXT atacaron a John Cena, CM Punk y varios empleados y destrozaron equipos de alrededor del ring.

El 15 de agosto del año 2013, reveló al portal basado en chismes de las celebridades TMZ que es homosexual.

Aunque un poco tarde de parte de SúperLuchas le deseamos a Darren Young felicidades.

by Anonymousreply 16712/01/2013

R167 why da fuq en espanol? Darren looks great for 30.

by Anonymousreply 16812/01/2013

Are there any other wrestlers rumored to be gay/bi?

by Anonymousreply 16912/02/2013

Translation of r167

Yesterday, November 2, 2013, Frederick Rosser professional wrestler, better known in WWE as Darren Young, turned 30 years old.

He debuted in the WWE NXT program in the February 23, 2010, as a face, being instructed by CM Punk. In his first fight he was defeated by David Otunga. On 13 April 2010 he defeated Luke Gallows, Punk companion, but the May 18, 2010 was eliminated from NXT. On June 7, 2010 in RAW, Young and the other NXT rookies attacked John Cena, CM Punk and destroyed several employees and teams around the ring.

On 15 August 2013, revealed to the portal based on the TMZ celebrity gossip which is homosexual.

Although a little late from SúperLuchas wish congratulations to Darren Young.

by Anonymousreply 17012/02/2013

He is an awesome dude, inside and out!

by Anonymousreply 17112/02/2013

fine ass dude

by Anonymousreply 17202/01/2014

nodaysoff DYoung ‏@DarrenYoungWWE 13h

It's not about the "media" attention u get from coming out, its about the respect u acquire by staying true & living an honest life.

by Anonymousreply 17302/10/2014


by Anonymousreply 17403/03/2014

He really looks like John Cena

by Anonymousreply 17505/02/2014

^ Speaking of, did y'all see this post in the "Who's Gay in Sports?" thread?

[quote]Does John Cena count as an "athlete"? If so, then he's ours.

[quote]by: military guy who has been with John three times

by Anonymousreply 17605/02/2014

Darren Young will be out of action for four to six months after having surgery to repair a torn ACL according to

by Anonymousreply 17705/05/2014

WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson revealed on the WWE Legends' House reality show on the WWE Network that he was gay and WWE Superstar Darren Young took to Twitter to comment on Patterson coming out after he did the same last August.

"WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson revealed on the WWE Legends' House reality show on the WWE Network that he was gay and WWE Superstar Darren Young took to Twitter to comment on Patterson coming out after he did the same last August.

by Anonymousreply 17806/19/2014

Darren Young at NYC Pride

by Anonymousreply 17907/19/2014


by Anonymousreply 18007/19/2014

DY is still one of the top 3 hottest gay celebrities to come out. He is fine.

by Anonymousreply 18107/28/2014

thats very odd because I just came in his ass.

by Anonymousreply 18207/28/2014

can't wait for him to come back! He tore his ACL in April so he's been out of action.

by Anonymousreply 18307/28/2014

Follow him on Twitter

by Anonymousreply 18407/29/2014

working out

by Anonymousreply 18508/16/2014

Dang he looks so hot all unshaven.

by Anonymousreply 18608/16/2014

Is he coming back soon?

by Anonymousreply 18709/13/2014

Chris Jericho is co-owner of a gym with Timmy Tebow? Say it aint so.

by Anonymousreply 18809/13/2014

Darren Young Ready for Comeback

Darren Young has put out a “comeback video” to hype his return to WWE, following several months of injury following the split of his former tag team, The Prime Time Players.

Young had surgery in April and was expected to be out 4-6 months, and with no reports that he’s had unexpected difficulty with rehab, he should be back in a WWE ring soon.

by Anonymousreply 18909/30/2014

Great news that his hotness will be coming back!

and he looks hot clean shaven or with facial hair.

by Anonymousreply 19009/30/2014

His boyfriend has been working out too. I still don't dig the Drag Race eyebrows, though.

by Anonymousreply 19112/06/2014

He is so hot.

by Anonymousreply 19212/17/2014

photogenic bro

by Anonymousreply 19301/24/2015

He is the hottest famous gay male in America today.

by Anonymousreply 19401/27/2015

He looks so hot with the facial hair and the haircut. He can still do way better than his bf even with that extra muscle.

by Anonymousreply 19501/27/2015

He is a handsome man!

by Anonymousreply 19601/27/2015

Perhaps, he loves his boyfriend for non-superficial, lustful reasons. Perhaps, he is a better person than you are.

by Anonymousreply 19701/27/2015 ‏@WrestleChatNet 11m11 minutes ago

And now The Ascension vs Darren Young and a partner of his choosing announced for tonight's #RAW. Millions of Dollars...Millions of ‏@WrestleChatNet 11m11 minutes ago

And now The Ascension vs Darren Young and a partner of his choosing announced for tonight's #RAW. Millions of Dollars...Millions of Dollars.

by Anonymousreply 19802/16/2015

and like all professional sports (okay, wrestling is more entertainment, but you know what i mean?!)... young is the only gay wrestler in ALL OF WWE, IMPACT, etcetera? uh huh.

by Anonymousreply 19902/16/2015

He's so hot. I'm jealous of his bf.

by Anonymousreply 20002/16/2015

with Great Khali

by Anonymousreply 20102/27/2015

Titus and Darren together again

by Anonymousreply 20202/27/2015

He always looks like he painted his face with brown paint. So weird.

by Anonymousreply 20302/27/2015

uh, you mean his skin color?

by Anonymousreply 20402/27/2015

The hottest and most masculine openly gay male celebrity in the United States. By far.

by Anonymousreply 20502/27/2015

with other hot bros

by Anonymousreply 20605/05/2015

hardly, r205

by Anonymousreply 20705/05/2015

Tebow is straight, albeit a cool dude.

by Anonymousreply 20805/05/2015

Darren Young was a guest on the Sam Roberts podcast recently, the first time he's ever done a podcast. During the course of it, he told a great story on CM Punk's reaction when he came out as gay in 2013.

"One thing about Punk is, if I could talk about him just for a second, when he had his match with Brock Lesnar in 2013 that was a couple days before I made my announcement to TMZ. After his brutal with Brock Lesnar, he was all iced up. I hadn't seen him since I made my announcement. So he came up to me in catering and he told me to stand up in front of people. I stood up, he gave me a hug, and he said 'I'm proud of you. If you ever have any problems with anyone in the locker room, you let me know. I got your back.' That meant the most to me."

by Anonymousreply 20905/31/2015

He is ugly, return him.

by Anonymousreply 21006/01/2015

Tim Tebow is straight? I love the certainty of R208. Can you explain how so?

by Anonymousreply 21106/01/2015

R199.. i hear you! yeah, young is the ONLY gay man in all of professional wrestling not even a single bisexual man even! uh huh yeah right!

loved young even more when he first came on the scene. his pecs were FANTASTIC! heavy thick muscled shapely jutting pecs! yummy! wouldn't it be awesome if he did gay flicks!

the only pro wrestler i can think of who has come out as bisexual? is orlando jordan back in the day when impact was TNA.

by Anonymousreply 21206/01/2015

A masculine gay athlete with a body to die for. Amazing, bro!

by Anonymousreply 21306/01/2015

I love that bros are on a gay gossip site specializing in "bitchery" That is bro-tastic and masculine!

by Anonymousreply 21406/01/2015

Darren Young and John Cena are not the same person

by Anonymousreply 21509/07/2015

Great to see him in a main WWE event, with Cena!

by Anonymousreply 21609/08/2015

He is an example of a real masculine gay jock that can kick your butt.

by Anonymousreply 21709/08/2015

hot as fire

by Anonymousreply 21809/09/2015

My dream dude

by Anonymousreply 21901/04/2016

Alpha Male

by Anonymousreply 22001/11/2016

more on John Cena's gay brother plz

by Anonymousreply 22101/11/2016

with Rick Ross

by Anonymousreply 22201/26/2016


by Anonymousreply 22301/26/2016

abs day

by Anonymousreply 22401/26/2016


by Anonymousreply 22501/26/2016

His boyfriend is so lucky

by Anonymousreply 22602/12/2016


by Anonymousreply 22704/22/2016

Beautiful man. Nice guy too.

by Anonymousreply 22804/22/2016

a real man

by Anonymousreply 22904/24/2016

[quote]He is an example of a real masculine gay jock that can kick your butt.

Who talks like this?

by Anonymousreply 23004/24/2016

Darren Young vs. Titus O'Neil, August 8, 2016

by Anonymousreply 23108/08/2016


by Anonymousreply 23208/09/2016

TOTAL hot bro

by Anonymousreply 23311/24/2016

Didn't he vote for Trump?

by Anonymousreply 23411/24/2016

R4 I was just about to ask the same thing. He appears to be a black man with very Caucasian features.

by Anonymousreply 23511/24/2016

He did look like a white guy in brown face when he first came out, but he doesn't anymore. Not sure what he was doing before, but he looks much better now.

by Anonymousreply 23611/24/2016

He has major black gay face.

by Anonymousreply 23711/24/2016

The hottest masculine famous gay man

by Anonymousreply 23811/24/2016

He is so hot and masculine

by Anonymousreply 23902/05/2017

I love how positive and not all about him his Instagram page is.

by Anonymousreply 24002/24/2017

Fake wrestling is so faggy.

by Anonymousreply 24102/24/2017

WWE is so embarrassing. Kid crap.

by Anonymousreply 24202/24/2017

HE is all-man

by Anonymousreply 24302/24/2017


by Anonymousreply 24405/17/2017

He is my fantasy dude

by Anonymousreply 24505/18/2017


by Anonymousreply 24608/14/2017

I really wish he'd show off his boyfriend, since his social media seems to be mostly just his professional wrestling career and his advocacy.

I guess he just wants to keep that side private.

by Anonymousreply 24708/14/2017

He's so hot

by Anonymousreply 24808/14/2017
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