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NFL Players Say They Would Support a Gay Teammate

Post submitted by Eric Cameron, HRC Digital Media Specialist

The professional sports world has made some major advances in LGBT inclusiveness in recent years, with MLB, NHL and other pro sports teams voicing support for LGBT players and fans.

But for many, professional football seems like the final frontier.

That culture might finally be changing. Outsports’ Cyd Zeigler talked to a dozen incoming NFL rookies and alums at the NFLPA’s recent Rookie Premier in Los Angeles. All of them stated they would support a gay teammate.

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, the second pick in the 2012 draft, remembered what happened when his high school teammate came out in Copperas Cove, Tex.

“When he came out, he stopped playing,” Griffin said. “He might have stopped playing because of the negative feedback he might have gotten from being that on the football team. So, I think that’s probably why he ended up quitting.”

It was from that out player that Griffin learned a gay teammate poses no threat.

“Just because they’re gay doesn’t mean they’re hitting on you,” he said.

Other players emphasized that at the end of the day, the success of the team trumps sexual orientation. Former Green Bay Packer Ahman Green even revealed that his brother and half-sister are gay.

Read the full article here.

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