Mike Freeman of CBS Sports reported Monday that there may be a player ready to make history and come out as the first professional sports athlete to come out while still actively playing. The player still hasn’t been revealed but his readiness may suggest that the NFL is ready and players are ready to accept a gay teammate. One player who says he would accept a gay teammate is tight end Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots who answered the question Wednesday in an interview with Stephen A. Smith on ESPN Radio.
Gronkowski is one of many current NFL players who said he would be accepting and supportive of a gay teammate because what matters most is how the player performs on the field.
“If he’s being a great teammate and he’s a guy on the field doing a great job, well then you’ve got nothing to complain about. He’s another teammate and another friend.” READ MORE