A former teammate of NFL player and equal marriage advocate Chris Kluwe, has spoken out to say that he does not support equal marriage, despite having gay relatives.

Kluwe recently announced that he had been dropped by the Minnesota Vikings, saying that “making people aware of an issue that is causing children to commit suicide is more important than kicking a leather ball.” Some reports suggested his equal rights advocacy was the reason he was dropped.

A former teammate of Kluwe and a Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson spoke to Bruce Murray and Amani Toomer on Sirius/XM NFL Radio Thursday, to say that he did not agree that same-sex couples should be able to marry.

He said: “To each his own. I’m not with it. But I have relatives that are gay. I’m not biased towards them. I still treat them the same. I love ‘em. But again, I’m not with that. That’s not something I believe in. But to each his own.”

Reflecting on the fact that Kluwe was dropped by the team, and has now been picked up by the Oakland Raiders, Peterson said: “He was a good friend of mine and a really cool guy… probably one of the smartest guys I’ve ever been around. [He's] different”

He went on to say that he did not think the Vikings had made its decision based on Kluwe’s

Peterson said he didn’t think his team had made their decision based on Kluwe’s political views. He said: “They know Kluwe. They’ve been knowing him for a long time. They know he’s outspoken.”

According to an ESPN poll of NFL players last year, 38.5% said they did not think the US should legalise equal marriage, with 61.5% for allowing same-sex couples marriage equality.