A poll by US sports broadcaster ESPN claims 86% of NFL players surveyed would accept having an openly gay teammate – and that 76% would be comfortable showering around them.
ESPN surveyed 51 players (nearly the equivalent of an NFL roster) and asked four true-false questions.
The results showed 44 players (86%) indicated that a teammate’s sexual orientation did not matter to them, and 39 (76%) indicated they would be comfortable showering around a gay teammate.
However, 32 players (just under 63%) said they had teammates or coaches who had used homophobic slurs last season.
Meanwhile, only 25 (49%) of the players surveyed indicated that an openly gay player would be comfortable in an NFL locker room; 21 (41%) said he would not be comfortable, while another five (10%) did not answer the question.
Michael Sam could become the US National Football League’s first openly gay player – if selected for the NFL draft.