NFL Survey: Gay Teammate
Michael Sam has been all over the news since he acknowledged being gay. Sam has been getting mostly supporters and that showed up as well in an NFL survey.
A survey was done by ESPN.com’s NFL Nation and ESPN The Magazine this past week off the news of Sam coming out as the first openly gay NFL prospect. Fifty-one players, responded to four true or false questions.
Forty-four players said a teammate’s sexual orientation didn’t matter to them, and 39 said they would be comfortable showering around a gay teammate. But 32 players said they had teammates or coaches who used homophobic slurs last season, and when asked if an openly gay player would be comfortable in a NFL locker room, just 25 players said yes; 21 said no, while another five declined to answer, according to ESPN
According to one starting receiver, “Whoever takes [Sam in the draft] should have an open talk at the beginning of camp, where everybody can ask what he’s comfortable with, what offends him, what boundaries there should be. When it comes to race, people already know the boundaries, to a certain extent. But I don’t think football players are overly familiar with what can and can’t be said around a gay person.”
The survey shows that not only did the NFL change, but the whole nation on how gay athletes like Michael Sam are viewed in today’s world. Approximately 86% percent of professional football players are ‘ok’ with a gay teammate. If this was in the 20th century, it would most likely be the opposite.
More of this story on ESPN.
Sports-Kings Down and Distance Contributor Ahmed Isaq @Isaq_SK