Adrian Peterson says he’d be okay with a gay teammate


Adrian Peterson says he’d have no issues with a gay teammate. (Jim Mone / AP)

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson may not favor gay marriage, but having a gay teammate “wouldn’t really bother me that much.”

“Simple things, as far as showers and things like that, you know, of course, anyone would be uncomfortable,” Peterson told Newsok.com Monday. “But you know, I’m a grown man. There’s things that I can deal with. I’m comfortable in my skin.

“I’ll still high-five them. Pat them on the butt when he’s doing good, and go on about my business.”

Peterson, who played at the University of Oklahoma, was in Tulsa to receive a Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Award for athletic and charitable accomplishments. Last week, in a Sirius/XM NFL Radio interview, he was asked his views on same-sex marriage. His former teammate, punter Chris Kluwe, has been an outspoken advocate.

“I’m not with it,” Peterson said. “I have relatives who 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.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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