The always dapper (and hopefully gay!) 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick appeared on ESPN’s Sunday Conversation this week alongside a super-cute, bow-tied Panthers quarterback Cam Newton to discuss the hot topic of openly gay athletes entering the locker room.
(Side note: These two would make a pretty freakin’ adorable couple.)
When asked if NFL draft prospect Michael Sam would be accepted in their respective locker rooms, both agreed with a resounding “absolutely.”
Speaking of Sam, Newton said:
His job is a linebacker. Colin said it best when he said we don’t worry about each other when we’re outside of football. Of course we have, ‘Are you OK? Is there anything I can help you with?’ But the main focus is, we’re football players. We’re here in this organization for one reason and one reason only. And if you’re able to help us attain that winning success, your personal life is your personal life.
No one cares if you’re black, white, straight gay, Christian, Jewish, whatever it may be. When you step on that field you’re a member of, in my case the 49ers, or the Carolina Panthers, that’s your job. That’s your occupation.
Their sentiment seems to be on par with a majority of the NFL—it was revealed yesterday that an overwhelming 86% of NFL players surveyed by ESPN would openly accept a gay teammate.
Wonder what Aaron Rodgers thinks?