Roger Goodell says NFL locker rooms would welcome gay players

Commissioner believes current athletes are accepting of differences
05/10/2013 2:41 PM ET
By Matt Hughes

Roger Goodell likes how accepting the league is of differences.(AP)
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says that not only will gay players be tolerated in the league, they will be accepted.

In an exclusive interview with Steve Wyche from, the commissioner spoke on the issue:

"Yes. Again, I have such great respect for our players. I don't think it will just be tolerated, I think it will be accepted. These are individuals who play in our league. We're all different in some fashion, and we're accepting of our differences. That's what this is all about. To me, if it happens in the league, that's a personal choice that someone would decide to do. But I know their teammates and teams, and I think the fans, will all respond the right way."

Goodell's comments come just two weeks after Jason Collins, a 12-year NBA veteran, came out as the first openly gay male athlete in major American team sports.

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