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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.

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

    Posted by: David in Houston | Jul 16, 2012 6:03:19 PM


  2. 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.

    Posted by: gary | Jul 16, 2012 6:07:30 PM


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

    Posted by: Tim | Jul 16, 2012 6:12:36 PM


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

    Posted by: Matthew Mollinedo | Jul 16, 2012 6:13:20 PM


  5. I want carnal knowledge of him.

    Posted by: Adam | Jul 16, 2012 6:21:52 PM


  6. 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.

    Posted by: Tim | Jul 16, 2012 6:48:49 PM


  7. 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.

    Posted by: Seattle Mike | Jul 16, 2012 6:53:54 PM


  8. 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.

    Posted by: Seattle Mike | Jul 16, 2012 6:54:07 PM


  9. 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.

    Posted by: Seattle Mike | Jul 16, 2012 6:54:27 PM


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

    Posted by: Seattle Mike | Jul 16, 2012 6:55:35 PM


  11. 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.

    Posted by: John | Jul 16, 2012 7:28:56 PM


  12. 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.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jul 16, 2012 7:47:52 PM


  13. Go back to mis-reading the Bible Gary!!!

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Jul 16, 2012 8:47:15 PM


  14. 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.

    Posted by: Nino | Jul 16, 2012 9:59:34 PM


  15. has gronkowski lost his virginity?

    Posted by: t | Jul 16, 2012 11:10:57 PM


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

    Posted by: andrew | Jul 16, 2012 11:34:31 PM


  17. 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!

    Posted by: TANK | Jul 17, 2012 9:01:38 AM


  18. GRONK!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: John | Jul 17, 2012 11:09:20 AM


  19. 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.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 17, 2012 11:23:27 AM


  20. 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.

    Posted by: Francis | Jul 17, 2012 11:31:34 AM


  21. A "tight end" of a football team talks about the possibility of gay teammates. Gotta love football!

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Jul 17, 2012 1:17:21 PM


  22. 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?!

    Posted by: David Serrano | Jul 17, 2012 6:53:35 PM


  23. @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."

    Posted by: Rrhain | Jul 17, 2012 8:54:41 PM


  24. @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.

    Posted by: Stefan | Jul 21, 2012 11:46:33 AM


  25. this isn't news. embarrassing.

    Posted by: Bob | Jul 24, 2012 10:27:35 AM


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