Nick Saban expects players to treat openly gay teammate with ‘dignity and respect’

Nick Saban hits the links. (Curtis Compton / AP Photo / Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Nick Saban knows exactly how his football team would deal with an openly gay player.

“I would expect everybody to be very respectful of what is private for most people and treat that person with dignity and respect and respect them for being a good teammate and being a part of our team and doing the things that require them to be a good person on our team,” Saban said before teeing off at the Regions Tradition Pro-Am in Shoal Creek, Ala. (via “I can’t speak for everybody, but that’s what would be my expectation for the people that we control in our organization and on our team.”

Over the weekend, Michael Sam became the first openly gay player to be taken in the NFL draft.


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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