49ers expand LGBTQ outreach, DT Maurice Hurst shares love for his gay friends

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08/16/2021

As the San Francisco 49ers held a special Diversity & Inclusion Day at training camp last Thursday — inviting members of the LGBTQ fan group 49ers Pride to attend the team’s Community Corner — newly acquired DT Maurice Hurst opened up about his support for LGBTQ people, including the possibility of having a gay teammate. “Living out here in the Bay Area I’ve made a few close [LGBTQ] friends,” Hurst told Outsports via the 49ers. “It’s a very prideful community and area. When you connect with someone, you really don’t think about their sexuality or anything like that. They’re just close friends and you treat them as such.” Hurst just moved to the Bay Area this spring, having been waived by the Las Vegas Raiders and quickly signed by the 49ers. The defensive tackle has slowly made his way from coast to coast, growing up in Massachusetts and earning all-Big Ten honors with Michigan Wolverines.

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