Jaguars Associate Strength Coach Kevin Maxen Comes Out As Gay In A First For U.S.-Based Pro Leagues

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Kevin Maxen, an affiliate strength coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars, has come to be the to start with male mentor in a important U.S.-primarily based professional league to arrive out as homosexual.

Maxen spoke about his sexual orientation in an job interview printed Thursday by Outsports.

“I never want to truly feel like I have to assume about it any more,” Maxen claimed. “I really do not want to feel like I have to lie about who I am observing, or why I am living with a person else.

“I want to be vocal in assistance of individuals residing how they want to reside, but I also want to just dwell and not really feel anxiety about how folks will respond.”

Even though Maxen’s announcement is a first for a male coach, NFL gamers have arrive out previously. Michael Sam became the very first brazenly gay participant to be drafted when the then-St. Louis Rams chosen him in 2014. In 2021, Carl Nassib, then with the Las Vegas Raiders, became the initially active NFL player to appear out publicly. Nassib played for Tampa Bay very last year.

A couple female coaches in U.S.-primarily based leagues have come out publicly, together with Katie Sowers, a former assistant with the San Francisco 49ers.

Maxen stated he no for a longer period felt snug hiding his sexuality or his boyfriend of two several years.

“You have other coaches who have considerable others, and they are speaking about their important some others,” Maxen claimed. “And I felt responsible that I could not do the same matter, that I was allowing myself down.”