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The NFL seems ready for an openly gay player

Following NFL Draft prospect Michael Sam's decision to publicly come out, anonymous NFL executives seem unconvinced the NFL will welcome an openly gay player. On Twitter, the football community willing to put its name next to its opinion tells a different story.

Here are actual quotes from anonymous NFL executives to Sports Illustrated:

"I don't think football is ready for [an openly gay player] just yet. In the coming decade or two, it's going to be acceptable, but at this point in time it's still a man's-man game. To call somebody a [gay slur] is still so commonplace. It'd chemically imbalance an NFL locker room and meeting room."
"I just know with this going on this is going to drop him down. There's no question about it. It's human nature. Do you want to be the team to quote-unquote 'break that barrier?'"

Hm. Here is how the rest of the NFL world reacted on Twitter.

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Donte Stallworth took about 25 tweets to explain why, as a former member of the Patriots who had seen distraction in other locker rooms, Sam's sexuality wouldn't be an issue for winning teams.
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