In an interview Wednesday on Larry King Now, Sanders says he reached out to openly gay football player Michael Sam because he has a cousin who’s gay. Which would have been a nice sentiment if he’d left it at that.
But he continued.
“I’m not saying condone it,” he told King, “but I don’t condemn it. I don’t love what he do but I love him as a man.” Sanders, who has publicly expressed support for Sam in the past, said it was important for Sam to “understand the burden and the weight that he’s carrying.”
Naturally, King couldn’t resist asking Sanders if he thought being gay was a choice, and the athlete paused before answering. “It could be,” he said.
Watch the clip below.