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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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warrior007    

Which pillow biting players??? The wide receiver's or the tight ends?

631 days ago
17.

dman    

Bob Costas made a great point recently about all these NFL players, gun violence and head trauma. So you have all these players, most of them black, a lot of them growing up poor, maybe into rap and the gun culture that music celebrates. Now they are successfully playing in the NFL making lost of money, playing an aggressive game and getting slammed in the head regularly. What's going to happen when one of these players takes his glock or his AR-15 out of the closet and goes on a spree. It will be a very bleak day for the NFL. Maybe the end of it.

So if players can't be mature enough to handle gays in the locker room, or admit when they get a concussion how are they going to mature enough to avoid this eventuality?

631 days ago
18.

Jackie    

Why do they need to come out?...I don't see straight people coming out. KEEP YOUR DAMN SH!T GAY LIFESTYLE TO YOURSELVES.

631 days ago
19.

Tweeder    

Some people just need to get over what other people say. If your gay why the fvck do you care what someone else thinks if they approve of your choice or not? You don't approve of his way of thinking so why should you care if he approves of your way of thinking. Some people need to build a bridge and either get over it or jump off. Stop with the victim card it's old

631 days ago
20.

Scottie    

Teased? really?? GROW THE F*CK UP! YOU ARE GROWN ASS MEN....

631 days ago
21.

Carmen    

Gay people are too emotional. They're more emotional than women. You got your apology. Can the world move on. We have a Superbowl game, chips, hot wings, and salsa to think about. Being gay, racist, ect ect will not solve the U.S. problems. So gay people accept the apology. Stop being emotional and move on. Oh yea Gooooo 49ers!!!

631 days ago
22.

whateveryou    

If they're just teasing what's the big deal? No man who's comfortable with himself is going to care who you're attracted to. In terms of meaness that only comes from the men that have the same secret so why would you care?

631 days ago
23.

bernergirl    

These are NFL players, they can handle trash talk!

631 days ago
24.

hotrocker71    

Not all gay men are effeminate. Most are very masculine and I seriously doubt that they would get hurt feelings easily.

631 days ago
25.

abbadappdo    

This is absolute stupidity. They are football players, not congressmen.

631 days ago
26.

Truth    

TMZ doesn't seem to understand that everyone isn't an uppity gay person like the people at TMZ.

631 days ago
27.

JDoors    

If he is implying that someone should not come out BECAUSE they will get teased, he's full of it. Like he said, you'll get teased no matter what, so getting teased for your sexual nature isn't any different that getting teased for ... whatever it is they're teasing each other for in the men's locker room (no one's ever teased me in a locker room so I can't imagine what these guys are saying to each other).


If you're already subject to teasing, what difference would the TOPIC of that teasing make? Whether it's "you're stupid" or "your [body part] isn't [slur for inadequate]" or "you're gay," so what?


One difference I can see being an issue though. Real homophobes and guys who aren't respectful of gays will have to watch what they say. It isn't cool to use homophobic slurs anyway, but it would be particularly sketchy if you use such slurs when there is a known gay person standing right there.

631 days ago
28.

Teach172    

What about all the NFL players who've committed crimes - both criminal and domestic? DO SOMETHING Goodell!

631 days ago
29.

I'm out :-/    

They deserve to be teased

631 days ago
30.

LVFlame    

I would applaud a player that came out, while actually playing in the league. The concern I have is; if a known gay player came out and later, his game play started to decline and he were cut. Would he claim he was cut, unfairly? Just a thought. But I could see a whirlwind *hitstrom brewing. I'm just thinking out loud.....

631 days ago
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