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Refreshing to Hear that Rob Gronkowski Would Support Openly Gay Players in NFL

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Sexual orientation has been a rampant topic in recent weeks for the NFL. Several draft prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft Combine were asked about their sexual preference.

Nick Kasa, a tight end from Colorado University, explained how he was asked “weird” questions at the scouting combine.

“They ask you like, ‘Do you have a girlfriend?’ Are you married?’ Do you like girls?’”, Kasa told ESPN Radio Denver, “Those kinds of things, and you know it was just kind of weird.  But they would ask you with a straight face, and it’s a pretty weird experience altogether.”

Denard Robinson, a quarterback from the University of Michigan, made similar claims about the scouting combine and their odd questions in an interview on the “Dan Patrick Show”. He depicted that the scouts did not directly ask if he was gay, instead beating around the bush and probing his relationship status.

Sexual orientation appears to be a pertinent issue among this draft class, especially considering the recent fake girlfriend of potential NFL draftee Manti Te’o. The NFL seems over consumed with the sexuality of players, leading many to question the integrity of the league.  With the rumors of Te’o potentially being homosexual, many have depicted how an openly NFL gay player could never play in the NFL because of the intense media scrutiny that would emerge.

Rob Gronkowski, tight end for the New England Patriots, said he would accept a gay teammate.

“I got this question before, about a year ago, and I basically will say the same answer that I did a year ago,” he said Wednesday in an interview with Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco on ESPN Radio New York, when asked how the Patriots’ locker room would receive an openly gay player. “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.”

“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.”

Gronkowski should be commended for his support of potential gay players on an NFL team. Outside of Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, few players have stood up and braced the potential of an openly gay person playing in the NFL. Currently, no active NFL player has publicly come out as a gay.

The topic of sexual orientation is frankly ludicrous. It should not matter if a player is gay or not because their personal life does not affect their play on the football field.  Hopefully more players will openly support gay players in the NFL like Rob Gronkowski so the inappropriate topic of sexual orientation in the league will vanish.


Tyler Ash is a New England Patriots Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on twitter @TyAsh34 Like His Facebook Page, or add him to your network on Google Plus