New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski , in an interview with ESPN Radio on Wednesday, said he would accept a gay teammate saying “If that’s How they are, that’s how they are.”
In the interview with Stephen A. Smith and RyenRuocco, Gronkowski said, "You've got to accept the player. Everyone has their own ways to live their life and as long as he's respecting me, keeping distance, respecting myself, I'll respect him back.”
"If he's being a great teammate and he's a guy on the field doing a great job, well then you've got nothing to complain about. He's another teammate and another friend."
As a follow up Gronkowski was asked if he thought other players in the NFL feel the same way he does. "I'm not really sure," he replied. "I never went around asking players on my team or in the NFL, 'Hey, what would you think if someone on our team is gay? How would you take it?' I never thought of that, and never asked anyone that and never tried to find out if there is [a gay player] on the team.
"If someone is on my team and they are a great teammate and a great player on the field, helping the team win -- that's all you've got to ask for."
The interview comes on the heels of a report this week from Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com in which Freeman states that a current NFL player is “strongly considering” coming out publicly in the next few months. Freeman bases conclusion on a series of interviews that he has had with several current and former NFL players.
According to Freeman's report the player is not worried about the reaction from inside the locker room but is more concerned about the reaction from outside of the locker room…from the public.
From Freeman's article:
This player's true concern, I'm told, is not the reaction inside an NFL locker room but outside of it. The player fears he will suffer serious harm from homophobic fans, and that is the only thing preventing him from coming out. My sources will not say who this alleged player is.
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