UPDATE x 11: During a recent interview, Titus O'Neil was asked if he knew his tag team partner Darren Young was gay. Here is what O'Neil had to say…
"Yeah, again, it's no big deal. I don't know why he never said anything before, but maybe he just woke up one morning... Darren is a strong guy and he made a great decision."
UPDATE x 10: Here is a video of Darren Young appearing on "The Today Show" earlier this morning:
UPDATE x 9: Vince McMahon posted the following on Twitter today…
I respect @DarrenYoungWWE's decision to come out and am happy to see the support from the WWE Universe.
— Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) August 16, 2013
UPDATE x 8: The Associated Press, CNN, and NUMEROUS other media outlets have picked up the Darren Young story. You can expect to see more and more media outlets pick up the story in the coming days. I didn't say this earlier but major props to Darren for having the guts to come out and reveal that he was gay. What he did today is groundbreaking for a number of reasons and will hopefully allow other active talents to come out if they choose to do so.
Speaking of Darren Young, he was the guest on TMZ Live today following his public coming out as gay.
UPDATE x 7: The official Twitter account of Darren Young has the following listed under his bio: As comfortable in the VIP section as he is in the ring, Darren Young’s life revolves around three things — money, women and wrestling. It's very possible he's simply bi-sexual as he had been in a prior relationship with WWE Diva Tamina Snuka. That relationship took place in 2012 but ended after several months. If you're interested, you can click here to view photos of the former couple together. John Morgan also made a good point on my Facebook page this morning, noting "It could've been that he was just dating Tamina as a "cover." A lot of gay guys will do that if they haven't "come out," yet."
Speaking of Darren Young, following a boatload of support after he "came out" last night in a video that was posted on TMZ.com, Young tweeted the following quote:
"Never b bullied n2 silence.Never allow yourself 2 be made a victim.Accept no ones definition of your life; DEFINE YOURSELF- Harvey Fierstein"
UPDATE x 6: Zack Ryder, Drew McIntyre, Evan Bourne and others posted the following on Twitter today in support of Darren Young…
Zack Ryder: "Proud of you bro @DarrenYoungWWE"
Evan Bourne: "Nothing but love and respect for my dude @DarrenYoungWWE!"
Josh Matthews: "Very proud to be apart of @WWE today. Tremendous show of courage from @DarrenYoungWWE"
Renee Young: "Happy for @DarrenYoungWWE! Big moment for him and everyone else. Happy for you, bud!"
Tony Dawson: "“@StephMcMahon: Congratulations to @DarrenYoungWWE for being the first openly gay WWE Superstar!” I support D Young 100%."
Curt Hawkins: "Wow! @DarrenYoungWWE is fearless. This is a historic day for the sport of professional wrestling. Good for you D-Young!"
Drew McIntyre: "History in our business will remember @DarrenYoungWWE as a pioneer with the courage to say proud, this is who I am. Hell of a talent & a man"
David Otunga: "I'm proud of @DarrenYoungWWE for his courageous decision. He's a genuinely good dude and one of the most talented performers in @WWE"
Carlito: Im happy for you darren young! A lil advice..dont go to Russia any time soon!!
UPDATE x 5: More talents have reacted to Darren Young coming out:
Titus O'Neil: "I'm VERY PROUD of @DarrenYoungWWE He's been like Family 2Me&My Kids And that won't Change! #ImInFullSupportOfDarren"
Rosa Mendes: "@DarrenYoungWWE I'm so proud of you!! See you this week!!"
Matt Morgan: ENORMOUS courage out of @DarrenYoungWWE today! U should be very proud of...