Posted March 29, 2013

Rob Gronkowski: Gay teammate would be ‘another teammate and friend’

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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said he'd be OK with a gay teammate. (Brian Babineau/Getty Images)

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said he’d be OK with a gay teammate. (Brian Babineau/Getty Images)

Amid reports of a gay, active NFL player “strongly considering” coming out publicly, New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski suggested he’d be fine if one of his teammates was gay.

“You’ve got to accept the player. Everyone has their own ways to live their life and as long as he’s respecting me, keeping distance, respecting myself, I’ll respect him back,” he told ESPN Radio New York’s Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco on Wednesday.

“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.”

No active NFL player has publicly revealed he is gay, but CBS’ Mike Freeman reported on Monday that one unidentified player “feels the time is now for someone to take this step.”

The report came in a week during which the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on two high-profile cases involving gay marriage, including California’s Proposition 8 law and the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Supreme Court decisions on those cases are scheduled to come by June.

Other NFL players offered vocal support for gay marriage ahead of the cases. Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo filed an amicus brief in the Proposition 8 case, and Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita wrote a lengthy New York Times op-ed in support of gay marriage.


12 comments
dahlqvist
dahlqvist

Why can't gay people keep their sexual orientation to themselves? Show a little discretion.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

There obviously shouldn't be any sexual tension in a locker-room; whether it's hetero or gay is an irrelevant distinction in principle, because it'd be a problem either way.

 

So long as a gay teammate on a sports team can keep his or her teammate relationships platonic, there's no issue with it.

 

It's odd (and more than a little stupid) that there are so many heterosexual males out there that are so deathly afraid of the prospect of a gay male flirting with them.  If it happens, so what?  Be clear on your own orientation and the issue resolves itself.  It's not as if being gay is contagious.

 

LeilaniHernandez
LeilaniHernandez

what if the player sucks on the field, then gronk's reasoning becomes illogical.

TonyDeStefano
TonyDeStefano

That's what he says.  What would he say when his "friend" is caught staring at his %^&*.

Mike72
Mike72

Maybe gronk is gay then.....

Goatman
Goatman

Yeah, he can be my friend, as long as he keeps his distance, nice job Gronk, you really came off humbled...

vanboja
vanboja

Maybe for the same reason that us heterosexuals don't keep our sexual orientation to ourselves.  

Fifilo
Fifilo

 @TonyDeStefano Wouldn't that be happening now, or does someone have to come out before they can stare?

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

 @Mike72 Maybe you're a homophobe then, if this is the conclusion you immediately beeline to.

HalCooper
HalCooper

 @Goatman , you know what he meant, he means as long as the guy doesn't come on to him.  Which is a bit goofy, show's stereotypes exist, but at least it's the least harmful stereotype... ;-)