Kirk Cousins did an interview with Michigan Live in which the Redskins quarterback was asked to share his thoughts on the possibility of having a gay teammate. The question was inspired by Jason Collins’s decision to come out, and I’m sure it’s one every athlete will be asked eventually. Here’s what Cousins had to say, after admitting that he hasn’t “given a whole lot of thought to” the issue:
“But I think we need to show love to every single person on this Earth,” he said. “Jesus showed love to everybody, and whether it was Mary Magdalene, who was a prostitute had seven demons inside her, he showed love to her, and he didn’t have a problem with her.
“Jesus called on a tax collector, Matthew, to be one of his disciples, and while many Jewish people had a problem with Matthew, Jesus didn’t have a problem with Matthew. What Jesus wanted was for Matthew to grow.
“At the end of the day, anybody in our locker room who is struggling with something and isn’t perfect – which would be everybody in the locker room – my attitude would be that I want to show love to them in a way that shows them Jesus, and hope that they can encounter the same love that I encountered from Jesus that saved my life.”
Cousins is releasing a book in June called “Game Changer: Faith, Football and Finding Your Way.” The book is centered around advice Cousins gives to his 15-year-old self on how to make it to 25.
“I wrote this book with perspective what would the 15-year-old Kirk Cousins need to know to be able to navigate through this high school years and his college years, in a way he looks back 10 years later and is grateful for the choice that he made along the way,” Cousins told the Holland Sentinel.
If only he could warn 24-year old Cousins about bad haircuts.