Former Dolphins linebacker David Parry says he is disabled and does not know if he is a transgender man or a woman.
Parry, who is also a transgender woman, spoke to ESPN on Wednesday.
Parrys said he has a transgender name, and said he did not realize that his identity as a woman was controversial.
“I just have no idea what I am or am not,” he said.
“My name is David Parrys.
I am transgender.
I’m not sure what that means.”
Parry said he doesn’t feel like a man or woman in the NFL.
He said he identifies as a “man-hater,” and he feels a need to keep the NFL relevant in the times of climate change.
“The NFL needs to be more relevant in these times because the NFL has an obligation to be a voice of reason and common sense,” Parry told ESPN.
There are more than a few of us that are just not quite there yet.” “
There is no question in my mind that the NFL needs more diversity in its players, coaches, staff and in its fan base.
There are more than a few of us that are just not quite there yet.”
Parrys’ comments come after the NFL announced Thursday that the league’s “core values” will include “respect for all people,” “equality under the law,” and “a commitment to diversity and inclusion.”