Roger Goodell says NFL locker rooms would welcome gay playersCommissioner believes current athletes are accepting of differences
In an exclusive interview with Steve Wyche from NFL.com, 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.