Luke Prokop is the first active NHL player to come out
12:18, 20 July 2021
Nashville Predators' young star has made a statement on his social media.
Canadian defenseman Luke Prokop signed by Nashville Predators has come out as gay.
The 19-year-old sportsman has released a statement on Twitter.
In his post, Luke says that he is no longer scared to hide his true self and he is proud to come out publicly. He adds that he could not be happier with the decision. Prokop also thanked all those who knew the truth and supported him.
Prokop is the fourth professional ice hockey player to publicly come out, after Brendan Burke (America), Lars Peter Karlsson (Sweden), and Jon-Lee Olsen (Denmark). However, the Canadian is the first active player in NHL to publicly announce he is gay.
In June, Carl Nassib became the first active National Football League player to come out.
Words of support
The Nashville Predators organization is proud of Luke for the courage he is displaying in coming out today and we will support him unequivocally in the days, weeks, and years to come as he continues to develop as a prospect. #HockeyIsForEveryonehttps://t.co/43grM47dJO
The Nashville Predators CEO and President Sean Henry said the organization was proud of the player and would "support him unequivocally in the days, weeks, and years to come".
Congratulations, Luke! Thank you for speaking your truth and sharing this positive, courageous, and hopeful message. All of us back home in Canada are proud of you and the difference youâre going to make - and the difference youâre already making.
The official NHL account on Twitter has also released a statement. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman assured that the organization will do everything possible to make Luke’s experience welcoming and positive, promising to provide full support to any League’s player to decide to come out.