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Barry Sanders

Gay NFL Players Will Get

Teased If They Come Out

2/1/2013 9:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Gay football players NEED to have thick skin ... 'cause there's a 100% chance they'll get "teased" in an NFL locker room if they come out ... so says NFL legend Barry Sanders.

The Detroit Lions icon had just touched down in New Orleans last night when we asked him if gay players pose a "problem" in NFL locker rooms.

Sanders response -- absolutely not -- adding, "I don't know that there haven't been MANY gay players [in the past]."

Sanders said gay players should not be afraid to come out to their teams -- but need to know that they WILL be teased in the locker rooms afterward ... because "in a locker room you get teased for anything."

He adds, "If somebody comes out, they're gonna get teased, but they need to have thick skin and go on about their life."

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pimpc    

First bitches!

573 days ago
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dman    

Grow the fvck up.

573 days ago
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Pudding Tang    

Not just in NFL locker rooms but any sausage fest event.

573 days ago
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KicksandGiggles    

Just tell them to do their jobs on the field and come close to earning the ridiculous $$$ they earn. We don't give a crap if they are gay, straight, crooked, whatever just do their jobs and give the fans their $$$ worth!! They can keep their private business to themselves.

573 days ago
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Blah    

And who cares about whether someone is gay or not...especially when you have the new Budweiser commercial: "Brotherhood"...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2prAccclXs

573 days ago
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Pudding Tang    

If Barry Sanders has a fair point. Why the general public animosity towards Chris Culliver's firm opposition?

573 days ago
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kerrplunk    

If Harvey wasn't gay this wouldn't be an issue here on TMZ! What's Kim or LinzBlow doin?

573 days ago
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KnuckleDragger    

You teach people how to treat you. Someone makes light of me or mine in jest...I've got thick skin, I'll laugh along with everyone else. You persist, or make a habit of it...I'll take you aside, let you know you're overstepping your bounds and if you bring it up again...I'll knock you're fvckin' lights out!

573 days ago
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BabyBubba    

Is this the reason, why Barry decided to remain in the closet?

573 days ago
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Parker    

Another bastard idiot ..............!

573 days ago
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judy jetson    

He speaks truth.

573 days ago
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I am Spartacus    

So the only thing TMZ is going to focus on now, relating every interview or story involving the Super Bowl or NFL players, is gays. Stick to Lohan & Kardashian articles TMZ, you sound like idiots when you get involved with sports.

573 days ago
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Tweeder    

We just went 180 degrees from where we were several years ago back then if you were for the gays you were looked down upon and now if your against the gays your looked down upon. Too bad we can't just get to the point of your opinion is your opinion period, and leave the name calling and hate on the side lines

573 days ago
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jeff    

what if we tease these black men about their lack of education?? fair lol

573 days ago
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Parker    

All this is proving that black people are as racist, insensitive as they think white people are...........so does that mean i can tease black people with the N word. No! Blacks should realize that they are in the same racist bigoted boat that Gays are in.......Theybdont like it...so why should Gay people respect them! Racism is a thing that comes around and goes around, until we stop it as people, not color sexual orientation or religion! Did any of you listen to Obamas speech..........Amazing speech when it came to accepting people as they are.......He even called them his brothers and sisters.......take a lead from this guy...He's black and understands!

573 days ago
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