If you haven't heard by now, get out from under that rock and catch up: Darren Young, current WWE superstar and one half of the tag team duo the Prime Time Players alongside Titus O'Neil, came out as gay to TMZ last night. It was a landmark announcement because no active WWE wrestler had ever officially come out to the public this way.
However, the timing and delivery of the message seem a tad coincidental.
Many have brought up the fact that Young just so happened to be caught alone in an airport before boarding a plane, heading out to Los Angeles for the upcoming SummerSlam pay-per-view, one of the biggest events on the WWE calendar. And the photog who was grilling him just so happened to ask about being gay in sports. And Young just so happened to come out of the blue and decide, with little to no hesitation, to come out of the closet and reveal himself to be gay.
This despite his Twitter bio reading like this:
WWE is nothing if not a whore for publicity. Just as soon as the story got out, an avalanche of support came pouring out through social media channels from his fellow wrestlers and top executives with the promotion. For that matter, WWE was quick to release a statement to the media both proclaiming its support of Young and his decision to come out while promoting the fact that he would be taking part in a Be A Star rally against anti-bullying.
With this being pro wrestling, there are those who believe this could be going so far as to being an all around work, something we at least have to consider a possibility. After all, this is a company that once thought it a good idea to blow up a limo that had CEO Vince McMahon inside so they could run a storyline on his death, one far too many outside sources thought was real and treated as such.
It is, however, just as likely that Young is gay, or even bisexual (there have been rumors that he was recently dating Tamina Snuka), and WWE simply decided this was the right time and place for it to come out and orchestrated this chance meeting between Young and a TMZ photog who would just so happen to bring up being gay in sports.
It is possible this was all organic and there's no misrepresentation whatsoever, but at the very least it's worth considering the possibility that all is not exactly how it seems.