Predators Prospect Luke Prokop Announces He is Gay

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Predators Prospect Luke Prokop is coming out. The time where athletes can come clean about their sexuality is slowly getting there. Nashville Predators prospect Luke Prokop on Monday became the first active player under NHL contract to come out as gay. Prokop made the announcement in an Instagram post.

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“It has been quite the journey to get to this point in my life, but I could not be happier with my decision to come out,” Prokop wrote. “From a young age I have dreamed of being an NHL player, and I believe that living my authentic life will allow me to bring my whole self to the rink and improve my chances of fulfilling my dreams.”


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Prokop said he made his decision to come out in April when he returned from Calgary after his season ended because of COVID-19.

“I was lying in bed one night, had just deleted a dating app for the fourth or fifth time, and I was extremely frustrated because I couldn’t be my true authentic self,” Prokop told ESPN. “In that moment I said, ‘Enough is enough. I’m accepting who I am. I want to live the way I want to, and I want to accept myself as a gay man.'”

No NHL player, active or retired, has ever come out publicly as gay.

This is just another step in these announcements not mattering, or even having to take place.


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