We already love Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski for saying he’d bang Tim Tebow and for appearing naked on the cover of ESPN Magazine‘s “Body” issue. Now in an interview with OutSports, he announced he’d be down with a gay teammate.
You listening, Tebow?
OutSports’s Cyd Zeigler caught up with Gronkowski on the red carpet of the ESPY Awards, where the buff baller seemed a little caught off guard. After initially declining an interview, he relented:
“Have you ever played with a gay teammate?” I asked.
He thought for a moment and said he didn’t know of any.
“How would you feel if one of your teammates on the Patriots came out of the closet this season?”
This time he didn’t pause.
“If that’s how they are, that’s how they are,” Gronkowski said. “I mean, we’re teammates so, as long as he’s being a good teammate and being respectful and everything, that’s cool.”
Okay, so we wish he hadn’t added the “being respectful” part. We know Gronkowski was caught off guard, but it sounds a little like he thinks gridiron gays have a problem with controlling themselves.
Seriously—this is a sport where pros have raped women, murdered ex-wives, held dog fights and done God knows what else. Being respectful is hardly something NFLers aspire to.
Still, a positive message is a positive message, especially when it comes from one of the, ahem, biggest players in the game.