NFL star: ‘Football is not ready’ for gay player Michael Sam

Nick Duffy February 12, 2014
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Giants star Terrell Thomas has said that football ‘isn’t ready’ for gay player Michael Sam.

He said he thought Sam, who came out last Sunday, would struggle to find acceptance from fellow players in the locker room.

Thomas told the New York Post: “Me being a follower of Christ and a strong Christian, obviously that’s a sin and I definitely don’t believe in it.”

“I don’t believe in it, I don’t respect it, but if that’s what you want to do, so be it. I can’t speak for the NFL or our team or the locker room, I just know what goes on and what type of situation it’s going to put a lot of guys in.”

“In the locker room where guys are walking around naked, guys are joking, the way coaches talk, the way players talk, you have to be careful what you say because you don’t want to offend anybody.

“That’s the unfortunate thing, more than anything, because now it’s about him or his beliefs and not about football.

“I’m not saying he’s selfish by any means, I know what he did is very courageous, a lot of people wouldn’t do that, but at the same time no one really knows if the NFL is ready for it.”

On Monday, Michelle Obama tweeted that she was ‘proud’ of Sam for coming out.

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