Everyone knows that professional wrestling is scripted but there didn t appear to be anything bogus about one WWE star s acknowledgement that he is gay.
Darren Young real name Fred Rosser became the first active professional wrestler to come out stunning a TMZ cameraman at the Los Angeles airport with the news after the paparazzo asked him if a gay athlete could make it in the WWE or MMA.
Absolutely look at me Young said. 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.
To be honest I don't think my sexuality matters Young added. Does it matter Does it matter to you Does it change what you think about me
When the cameraman who said he was flabbergasted at the news described the proclamation as Young s coming out Young seemed to downplay the significance of the news.
LEADING THE WAY There's a long line of athletes who have come out.
I guess if you want to call it coming out I really don t know what to say it is but I m just letting you know he said. I m happy with who I am I m comfortable with myself and I m happy to be living the dream. I m in L.A. for SummerSlam with WWE.
You know to be honest with you I m happy with myself. Some people might not like it some people will like it but I m here to please myself. I m here to be happy. It s very important I m happy with myself.
When asked about setting an example Young said he s hoping to be able to make a difference but noted that someone s sexual preference shouldn t really matter. He also said he s not concerned about it being an issue among his peers in the WWE.
We re all adults and to be honest with you when I come to work I come to work Young said. Business is business. I m a WWE superstar and I m there to entertain the WWE universe and that s what my job is to do and I do it well.
That sentiment seemed to be echoed by WWE star John Cena when TMZ tracked him down to ask him about Young s announcement
Darren Young is an openly gay WWE superstar and there's nothing wrong with that Cena said. If he tries to cause trouble in the locker room that's when it becomes an issue. It's all about being professional. Darren Young is a consummate professional and I'm actually proud of him for doing that.
The WWE also issued a statement supporting Young
On TMZ this morning WWE Superstar Darren Young revealed to the WWE Universe that he is gay. WWE is proud of Darren Young for being open about his sexuality and we will continue to support him as a WWE Superstar. Today 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.