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Denver Broncos player brings up showers when discussing acceptance of gay NFL players

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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
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We have our first comments this year at the Super Bowl regarding the acceptance of gay players in the NFL. From the Twitter feed of Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News:

Broncos CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was asked today if he thought NFL players could deal with an openly gay teammate. His response:

"It's going to be hard. I mean, in this league, you gotta shower with guys and be around guys. Some guys are going to be uncomfortable and some guys aren't. It's going to be hard for some guys to accept (a gay player)."

I am not ready to slam Rodgers-Cromartie since it seems he was asked to predict how other players would handle a gay player, and it is unclear what his feelings are.

But the shower comments always piss me off. It implies that an openly gay player would suddenly become a voyeur if he was out and insults the professionalism of athletes in their work environment. It also reinforces the stereotype that a gay man would desire any man and could not control his urges. I bet Rodgers-Cromartie has already showered with gay teammates either with the Cardinals, Eagles or Broncos, but he just didn't know it.

Hat tip to Joe in Philly