Former Vanderbilt defensive lineman Riley Tindol will share the screen with former NBA player Jason Collins, soccer star Megan Rapinoe and former SEC defensive player of the year Michael Sam in a new documentary.
‘Alone in the Game’ is set to air on June 28 at 8 p.m. on AT&T’s Audience Network, and will feature the former Commodores player sharing his story of being a LGBQT athlete in the SEC.
Along with Tindol’s story, Collins, Rapinoe, soccer player Robbie Rogers, high-school athlete Trevor Betts and Pepperdine women’s basketball players Layana White and Haley Videckis are among those who are featured in the film, according to a report from the American Film Institute.
“I really want the audience to understand that even though America’s cultural, social and political climate is becoming increasingly accepting of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens, competing and participating in sport is still considered to be an unsettling and unsafe environment for many LGBT athletes, coaches and sport administrators on and off the field,” executive producer David McFarland told the AFI in a recent interview. “I hope that communities all across this country will see this important film and take action to ensure that the opportunities and dreams are the same for all athletes, coaches and those who participate in sport regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The obligation is on us all, regardless where in the sports power matrix you reside, or even in society as a whole.”
Tindol, who defensive line for the Commodores from 2014-16, can be spotted in multiple clips of the documentary’s trailer, including a few shots inside Vanderbilt Stadium:
Tindol, who was listed at 6-foot-5 and 252 pounds during his time with the Commodores, was a 2-star prospect for the Class of 2014 out of Autauga Academy in Prattville, Ala. He saw limited action during his SEC football career.
The Audience Network offers the following description of ‘Alone in the Game’ in anticipation of its June 28 premiere:
“Despite the growing acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, sports continues to be an unsettling environment for many LGBTQ people on and off the field. Homophobia, transphobia, and a culture of secrecy strongly persist in American sports, often seen as the final frontier for LGBTQ equality. In the five major North American professional leagues – NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, and MLS – where statistically we would expect hundreds of openly gay athletes, there are no openly gay male professional athletes currently competing. Alone in the Game is a powerful documentary that enters into the old boys’ club world of sport and examines this major dilemma at the professional, Olympic, collegiate, and high school levels – capturing rarely seen stories of struggle, perseverance, and triumph. This 90-minute documentary premieres on AUDIENCE Thursday, June 28th at 8pm ET/PT and includes interviews with notable people such as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Olympic Skier Gus Kenworthy, former NBA player Jason Collins, pro soccer players Robbie Rogers and Megan Rapinoe, and others.”