Atlanta Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel was taking his turn going through the Bristol Car Wash today, appearing on a multitude of ESPN programs. When he reached the SportsCenter stop, things got awkward. Anchor Chris McKendry brought a quote from Samuel to his attention regarding Jason Collins and gay players coming out. While Samuel's original quote doesn't necessarily cause warning sirens to go off, it's a bit clumsy. His sentiment is basically that Collins' sexuality should be kept to himself, which is a viewpoint that doesn't really take into account the fact that Collins feeling the need to keep his sexuality a secret is the problem to begin with.
Given the chance to expound upon it only led to more confusion and head-scratching. Video via Ride the Pine...
Samuel's "stick to sports" mantra would be all well and good if it didn't completely ignore what's happening in our world. His statement that he teaches kids "how God lives his life" is again awkwardly worded, as if God is currently engaged in some kind of a heterosexual relationship. That just sounds like a bad Family Guy tangent.
But then comes the kicker. McKendry asks Samuel how he would deal with a gay teammate and he responds by saying, "we'll deal with it at the time." McKendry rightly pushes on the topic again and Samuel states it's for the NFL to figure out how NFL locker rooms would accept a gay teammate. Then, Samuel adds, "If they pay me to figure it out I could do it... they gotta get a check first."
Soo... Asante Samuel is all for accepting an openly gay teammate in the locker room as long as the NFL or the Falcons gives him some kind of "gay teammate" bonus? Something tells me that doesn't classify as true "progress."
Oh, that nervous laugh. Samuel makes it clear he respects Collins and his courage for coming out at the end of the interview so I don't think it's fair to completely crush or judge Samuel or his motives here, but maybe he should think about choosing his words a bit more carefully next time. He's still got a few stops in the Bristol Car Wash to go.
I can't believe this is even an issue. Who cares, if someone is gay or not, if someone has a problem with the homosexual lifestyle everyone makes them out to be some derogatory human being that's holding society back. He should be just as proud for standing up for his views as a homosexual should for coming out. Because he's gonna catch all the grief not the homosexual it's hypocritical of us to mock people for being against it and then encourage homosexuals to speak up and be who you really are that makes no sense if we tirade people against it. I don't care either way I just think it's ridiculous that everyone makes this into such a big deal
If you really want to get to the heart of the issue say what no other media outlet will. BLACK PEOPLE ARE EXTREMELY HOMOPHOBIC! I am tired of the media dancing around the issue that black and Hispanic cultures are primarily the ones holding back homosexuality in sports. Of all blogs this is the one, let's hit the heart of the issue. The problem isn't with gays in sports with jocks. The problem is with gays in sports with heterosexual black men.
@ILiveInSTJ some blacks are homophobic but i have white friends who dont like this sin either so you can go both ways w/ it. there are also a lot of gay black men, ever been to atlanta. prayer is whats needed for these men & women who have truly lost sight of God's best for them!
Okay, I have to ask: is it really necessary that we get every single athlete's opinion on this? I'm assuming his original comments were in response to a question. Why? Everybody has a right to their opinion, but not every opinion needs to be broadcast to the world. An NFL player will eventually come out. Given the importance of this issue, said player(s) will be protected. Everybody will be on their best behavior, they'll have no choice or will risk significant backlash from the public which will affect the NFL's bottom line. A handful of players making awkward and clumsily worded statements really isn't news to me.
"Soo... Asante Samuel is all for accepting an openly gay teammate in the locker room as long as the NFL or the Falcons gives him some kind of "gay teammate" bonus? Something tells me that doesn't classify as true "progress.'"
That's not what he said, though. He said to pay him so he can advise on how to deal with it...not to pay him if a teammate comes out of the closet.
He is a funny guy. I teach my kids God blah blah blah but i will only accept a gay athlete if I am paid to accept it. What a loser and I hope he gets dementia from playing footbal for being so stupid