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Redskins Quarterback Welcomes Out Athletes

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Wednesday Aug 14, 2013
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In a recent interview with GQ magazine, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III said that he would welcome gay athletes and feels that the "window is now" for out players.

"I think there are [gay players] right now, and if they’re looking for a window to just come out, I mean, now is the window. My view on it is, yes, I am a Christian, but to each his own," Griffin said in GQ’s September issue. "You do what you want to do. If some Christians want to look at being gay as a sin, then thinking about other women, committing adultery -- or any of those other sins that are in the Bible -- those are sins, too. And God looks at all of us the same way."

A sea change in attitude towards LGBT athletes may be in full swing, especially after NBA’s Jason Collins became the first active male professional athlete in a major U.S. team sport to publicly come out. But before Collins’ revelation, a number of athletes have been vocal about their support for gay teammates, namely Brendon Ayanbadejo and Chris Kluew.

Additionally, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski told ESPN that he’d be fine with having an out athlete on his team.

"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 said.

Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander echoed the football player’s statements and in March told CNN that he’d also be cool with an out teammate.

"I don’t think one of our players would be scared to come out. We got 25 guys, it’s a family, and our goal is to win a World Series," Verlander said. "What your sexual orientation is, I don’t see how that affects the ultimate goal of our family."

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