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Robert Griffin III: Now is the time for gay NFL players to come out

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RGIII says his Christian upbringing doesn't affect his perspective on gay people

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III
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Last May I interviewed Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III about gay football players. Ryan Wilson at CBS Sports caught up with the quarterback recently. Griffin had this to share:

I think there are [gay players] right now, and if they're looking for a window to just come out, I mean, now is the window. My view on it is, yes, I am a Christian, but to each his own. You do what you want to do. If some Christians want to look at being gay as a sin, then thinking about other women, committing adultery-or any of those other sins that are in the Bible-those are sins, too. And God looks at all of us the same way.

He's one of the very few NFL players I've spoken to who has had a teammate he knew was gay. He told me:

"When he came out, he stopped playing," Griffin said. "He might have stopped playing because of the negative feedback he might have gotten from being that on the football team. So, I think that's probably why he ended up quitting."

It was from that out player that Griffin learned a gay teammate poses no threat.

"Just because they're gay doesn't mean they're hitting on you," he said.

This is a really cool guy with funky socks. Though some continue to believe he's of the minority view among NFL players, it's becoming more and more clear he speaks for most of the guys.