Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski Fine with a Gay Teammate

After initially snubbing him because he was "afraid of saying something wrong", New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski answered a couple of questions for Outsports' Cyd Zeigler at the ESPY's:

GronkowskiHe gave me time for two questions.

“Have you ever played with a gay teammate?” I asked.

He thought for a moment and said he didn’t know of any.

“How would you feel if one of your teammates on the Patriots came out of the closet this season?”

This time he didn’t pause.

“If that’s how they are, that’s how they are,” Gronkowski said. “I mean, we’re teammates so, as long as he’s being a good teammate and being respectful and everything, that’s cool.”

After all, if you're willing to "eff Tebow to take his virginity," you should be fine with a gay teammate.

Comments

  1. David in Houston says

    Oh, yeah, I’d totally hit that. Too bad he has that defect of heterosexuality.

  2. gary says

    he said …

    “I mean, we’re teammates so, as long as he’s being a good teammate and being respectful and everything, that’s cool.”

    i say …

    why is it just the gay athlete has to be “respectful and everything”? what about the f’in str8 players? huh? do *they* have to be respectful of their gay teammates? or can they continue to bash gay people to their heart’s content and that’s ok? ugggg.

  3. Tim says

    Check out Gronkowski on the cover of ESPA Magazine. His body is the shirtless ultimate.

  4. Matthew Mollinedo says

    Sometimes words are just words. He answered the questions fine. Jesus.

  5. Tim says

    All you should ask of a professional team mate is for them to do their job and be respectful of one another. He’s just stating the only things that truly matter, so well done. Let’s not look for things to get upset about. His criteria is regardless of sexuality, as any evolved person should be.

  6. Seattle Mike says

    I appreciate his response. I think he’s a supportive guy and/but he knows how touchy an issue this can be and he’s afraid he might put his foot in his mouth. Witness some of the responses above. He never said only gay players need to be respectful, but some people are choosing to read that into it. Jeez, let the guy be supportive.

  7. Seattle Mike says

    I appreciate his response. I think he’s a supportive guy and/but he knows how touchy an issue this can be and he’s afraid he might put his foot in his mouth. Witness some of the responses above. He never said only gay players need to be respectful, but some people are choosing to read that into it. Jeez, let the guy be supportive.

  8. Seattle Mike says

    I appreciate his response. I think he’s a supportive guy and/but he knows how touchy an issue this can be and he’s afraid he might put his foot in his mouth. Witness some of the responses above. He never said only gay players need to be respectful, but some people are choosing to read that into it. Jeez, let the guy be supportive.

  9. Seattle Mike says

    Sorry about the multiple postings of the same thing. The site froze when I hit “Post”.

  10. John says

    No wonder he was hesitant to talk to the reporter. People like Gary take anything that is said and unreasonably interprets the comments as something anti-gay.

    It’s a shame that members of our own community create an atmosphere that makes it difficult for our straight allies to voice their support.

    Shame on you, Gary.

  11. Icebloo says

    Are we hounding this man just because the gay community think he’s hot or is there some real, significant reason ?

    Who care if he is OK with gay people or not ?

    Most people will say they don’t have a problem with gays in public but what they say in private or in a group of their peers is usually the opposite.

    This is a non-story. It seems to me Towleroad just uses any stupid non-story like this as an excuse to publish pictures of an attractive body.

  12. Nino says

    Oh, Please! Of course he’d be fine with it. He’s a “tight end”! That’s the gayest position in football. All football fans know that.

  13. andrew says

    He has bigger muscles than Tom Brady, but Tom is way cuter. They both seem to be good guys.

  14. TANK says

    Well, well, well, it looks like the usual assemblage of pathetic, middle-aged queens has fallen yet again for a trick from the old closeted celeb pr playbook. This Gradkowski guy is obviously as gay as a goose! No guy who spends that much time making his body look perfect in every single detail could possibly be straight. His well-plotted comment, while supportive of gay people in a general sense, still has that “I’m a straight guy” vibe to throw gullible consumers of mass media nonsense off the trail! Just keeping it real, guys!

  15. anon says

    With a name like Gronkowski, I’d assume he’s naturally hairy. However, his grooming habits shouldn’t cause one to question his sexuality. Think Joisey Shore.

  16. Francis says

    His grooming habits obviously don’t designate him as gay automatically, but there definitely have been “rumors” about Gronkowski dating back to his college days. With that being said, this statement is clearly one in support, Gary, he shouldn’t be criticized. One can only hope he actually follows through with these words in real life and doesn’t act like a bigoted meathead.

  17. David Serrano says

    This is nice and all but why is this news? Why SHOULDN’T he be fine with a gay teammate? Does this somehow make him a humanitarian or something? Does he want a cookie? So what?!

  18. Rrhain says

    @MATTHEW MOLLINEDO, SEATTLE MIKE, JOHN, I see you’ve all fallen for the heterocentrist view of the world.

    Hint: Why would anybody start talking about “being respectful” of another teammate if there weren’t already an assumption that there is cause for concern?

    There’s a very simple, eloquent response to the question:

    “Why would I be bothered by a gay team member?”

    That’s all you have to say. It casts no aspersions upon the gay person and puts the one asking the question on the spot for coming up with a justification for why it should be an issue. If the questioner persists, you can continue the incredulousness: “Why is that an issue? My teammates are my teammates and I value all of them. That’s the point of being a team.”

    The moment you say, “If,” then that is the moment you cast doubt on your integrity.

    There is no “if.”

  19. Stefan says

    @Rrhain, Gary, and others: Witness many of the response on here about the hotness of Gronkowski, that the poster would like to enjoy him sexually, etc. The fact is that many gay men–probably still a minority, but still quite vocal–would have no problem making advances toward a straight man, even a married one. An entire subgenre of porn is devoted to the idea of a straight guy or straight married guy “going gay.” This isn’t like a white person saying they like black people “as long as they’re respectful.” Homosexuality is about sexual attraction toward men. So give me a break.

    Gronkowski’s statements are no more heterocentrist than your views are homocentrist.

  20. Josh says

    Has the statute of limitations run out on using a picture of this guy’s body? Leave it there much longer and we might think he’s really available. It’s a blatant case of false advertising. The ESPN pics are obscene in their beauty.

  21. Sergio says

    You guys are truly pathetic. Gary is right. What this player said is the same as saying about a black man that “I am cool with him around,as long as he does not steal anything.” Words do matter. His statement is clear that he is not comfortable with gay men. “as long as they are respectful.” What does that exactly mean, respectful? He could have simply said that he has no problems with gay men, but he had to go ahead and make sure we all understand that he is so straight, by add the big “BUT” to his statement. He automatically assume that gay men are not “respectful,” whatever that means to him and that is not being supportive of the gay community. It is more of being tolerant of us. Meaning, if a guy tells him that he is gorgeous, would that be disrespectful? Because he can sure say that to all the girls around him, right? Wake up silly guys!