OutSports.com spoke to a number of NFL players about the possibility of having a gay teammate, and the response was overwhelmingly supportive and positive.
Robert Griffin III was one of those players quoted, and he revealed that he had a gay teammate in high school.
Griffin remembered a high school teammate who had come out to his team in Copperas Cove, Texas. While Griffin said he has gay friends and wouldn’t care if a player came out on his new Washington Redskins team, he remembered a sad ending to the football career of his gay former teammate.
“When he came out, he stopped playing,” Griffin said. “He might have stopped playing because of the negative feedback he might have gotten from being that on the football team. So, I think that’s probably why he ended up quitting.”
It was from that out player that Griffin learned a gay teammate poses no threat.
“Just because they’re gay doesn’t mean they’re hitting on you,” he said.
It's not out of the question to think that there may be gay players in the Redskins locker room, and the changing social landscape suggests that most teammates would be able to accept that.
Other players quoted in the article included Trent Richardson, Coby Fleener, Jevon Kearse, Ahman Green and Eddie George. Green, who has a brother and half-sister who are gay, summed up what seemed to be the general feeling of the players.
“In our sport, to be honest, I think it would be hard for any guy to come out while he’s playing,” Green said. “And that’s not a happy thing to say. The gay community is just like everybody else, but they’re treated differently. It’s a double standard. If a guy was gay, he wouldn’t come out while he was playing. He knows the possibility of the scrutiny he might face from the locker room, which would be unfair. I am very open-minded. It is what it is. People are born that way. You can’t control it. Just like you’re white, I’m black. But a lot of people don’t think my way. I wish they did, because then there wouldn’t be guys who wanted to stay hidden.”