NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell introduced members of the National Gay Flag Football League during Friday’s third round of the draft at Caesars Forum.
Last season, Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib became the first openly gay player to compete in the NFL. The organization comprises 22 leagues in United States and Canada.
As for Goodell’s introduction, it predictably drew plenty of reaction on Twitter. It came as a shock to some of the most dedicated football fans that this was the first they heard of such a league.
Imagine you wait your whole life to get drafted and then the National Gay Flag Football League calls your name #NFLDraft #GayFlagFootballLeague pic.twitter.com/bO7N7tyPlR
— DK Metcalf’s Biceps (@DkBiceps) April 30, 2022
The @nflcommish personally introduced the National Gay Flag Football League at the #NFLDraft.
The @NFL is a welcoming place. As we’ve been saying for years. https://t.co/W6Laa2EKKn pic.twitter.com/cj7h4Yz1NR
— Cyd Zeigler (@CydZeigler) April 30, 2022
The only thing I’m taking away from the NFL Draft is that there is a National Gay Flag Football League. I could care less about anything else in this draft. I need to know more about gay football!!!
— Amanda (@daisykid3) April 30, 2022
Wait, did he say the national gay football league? Since when did this happen? Is it like the afl or xfl? I have so many questions #NFLDraft
— Infamous. (@MarcelDM_) April 30, 2022
I think gay flag football league was shown on ESPN 8: The Ocho
— Adso Of Belk (@AdsoOfBelk) April 30, 2022
It’s amazing! There was a “former long-snapper/ magician” and ppl are complaining? There’s a Gay Flag Football League! Wayne Newton just crushed half a nitrous tank backstage and thought Memphis was Mississippi!
— Travis Mulhauser (@portislives) April 30, 2022