Most LSU players seem open to having a gay teammate (PHOTO: Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)
In a story by The Daily Reveille, LSU’s student newspaper, several LSU players voiced confidence in the football program’s willingness and ability to accept a gay player as a teammate.
With one exception. The Daily Reveille‘s story includes a comment from LSU running back Alfred Blue, who said football “is supposed to be this violent sport – this aggressive sport that grown men are supposed to play. Ain’t no little boys out here between them lines.”
Said Blue: “So if you gay, we look at you as a sissy. You know? Like, how you going to say you can do what we do and you want a man?”
Blue’s statement echoes one made by San Francisco 49ers safety Chris Culliver, who said at this season’s Super Bowl Media Day that he doesn’t “do the gay guys, man. I don’t do that.”
“Ain’t got no gay people on the team,” Culliver continued. “They gotta get up outta here if they do. Can’t be with that sweet stuff.”
By and large, however, LSU players quoted in The Daily Reveille, as well as LSU coach Les Miles, seemed willing to leave their personal beliefs outside the locker room and accept a gay teammate. (The Daily Reveille does note that LSU’s athletic department “would not allow players to be asked questions on the topic before they were properly prepped for the interview.”)
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“I would handle it as what’s important and what’s best for the team,” Miles said. “I would treat him, and expect his teammates to treat him, in an appropriate and straightforward manner.
“It would have to be something that I took to an office and kind of describe how I saw locker rooms and how I saw travel and how I saw staying in hotel rooms and how I saw those things. If that’s not an issue, I think things could be resolved.”
Several LSU players made similar statements.
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