Kick in the Head

Deion Sanders Likes Michael Sam As A Man But Thinks Being Gay Might Be A Choice

deionIf athlete and NFL commentator Deion Sanders wants to keep that punter’s foot out of his mouth, he should probably stick to talking about football.

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.