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Former Bears QB Jim Miller: Religious Culture Won't Allow a Gay Player in the NFL 'and We Should Wise Up and Accept It'

Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim Miller appeared on "The McNeil and Spiegel Show" on WSCR-AM 670 in Chicago today and weighed in on the topic of gays in the NFL, the Chicago Tribune reports:

Miller“There are some religions that are just not going to accept a gay individual in the locker room,” Miller told "The McNeil and Spiegel Show" on WSCR-AM 670. “So now, are you as an organization going to bring that element into your locker room and think everything is going to be OK?

"Last time I checked, whether it’s Christianity or Muslims or other religions that are out there, they’re just not going to accept it. They're just not. It's just not realistic for Mike Florio or any progressive or liberal to think that everything is going to be OK in the locker room and we should all just wise up and accept it.”

Asked his stance on whether gays should be accepted, Miller said, “I could care less. You can play football or you can’t. I’m just giving you my point of view that certain factions of a locker room will not accept it. ... That's the reality of the situation.”

In a radio interview this week, NFL prospect Nick Kasa reported that some NFL scouts had asked him about his sexual orientation, prompting an investigation by the NFL. Kasa's remarks followed statements earlier in the week from sportswriter Mike Florio indicating that there was interest from recruiters in knowing whether Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o is gay, that it was "the elephant in the room" at the Combine, and that scouts were too nervous to ask.

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  1. that's hilarious. "we", us horrid liberals, need to "just accept" prejudice and bigotry. it's not that bigots need to, you know, "just accept" reality.

    ten bucks the pig would say "just accept it" as he forced sex onto his own wife.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 27, 2013 7:13:16 PM

  2. uh...religions won't accept gay people in the lock...good god. he should be worked up for a traumatic brain injury.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Feb 27, 2013 7:20:43 PM

  3. Religion has absolutely nothing to say except when speaking of itself. It sees nothing except it's own, twisted fantasy.

    Posted by: Geoff | Feb 27, 2013 7:21:46 PM

  4. This is news to me. The NFL is run by "religions"......

    Now, will they "accept" an atheist in the locker room ?
    If the NFL, or anyone else won't "accept" gays as having the same rights as everyone else, then let's burn the whole house down, religion , NFL and any other house of bigotry.

    BTW, we are not applying for "acceptance".......we are saying **ck off out of our way.......and take your bigotry back to the trailer park.
    Jim Miller, you are an oaf.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 27, 2013 7:21:52 PM

  5. Another black homophobe!!!

    Black people are so homophobic!!!

    Posted by: Mel Smith | Feb 27, 2013 7:21:55 PM

  6. Um, yeah, last time I checked a locker room is not a church. Where did the expectation that everyone in a locker room is going to have the same religious convictions come from?? People are different, just accept that.

    Posted by: Jim | Feb 27, 2013 7:23:59 PM

  7. umm... how much less could he care?

    Posted by: Jeff M. | Feb 27, 2013 7:24:27 PM

  8. i think he got confused: he thought of Sandusky being protected by Paterno and instantly thought that Football and the Roman Catholic Church were the same thing.

    in other news, he recently read about Jackie Robinson and was like "listen, negroes just aren't going to be accepted in the locker room, ok? and you need to wise up and accept it."

    then he asked if anyone had seen his hood because he was late for the Klan meeting.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 27, 2013 7:26:39 PM

  9. Yup. Another bigot using religion to justify his bigotry - old joke, different day. Even funnier that he felt he had to hedge his bets and use several religions not just his own. It is like he sensed his argument was weak and tried to bolster it.

    There are already gays in the locker room. And in the supermarket. And in the subway - both the fast food joint and the transit system (all of them). Mr. Miller should just wise up and accept it.

    Posted by: MikeBoston | Feb 27, 2013 7:33:44 PM

  10. especially with all those Muslims in american pro-football.......


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 27, 2013 7:36:27 PM

  11. I agree with Morgan Freeman... I think we need to stop calling them "homophobes." They aren't afraid or phobic... they are just assholes.

    Posted by: fanboi | Feb 27, 2013 7:38:13 PM

  12. Professional football is an entertainment business, not a religion, despite how some people treat it that way. Stadiums and locker rooms are not religious edifices.

    If I owned an NFL team in a state or city with a nondiscrimination law, I would not inquire about a player's sexual orientation, or religion, as it would certainly open the possibility of a lawsuit if I released or did not sign the player.

    Please note, he expressed his personal view that as long as they can play, he doesn't care.

    I think he is saying as long as some players have strongly held religious views against gay players, the issue will continue, and I think he is being realistic about that.

    Finally, whatever the team's owners decide, it is always up to the individual player whether or not to disclose any aspect of their personal life.

    Posted by: jpeckjr | Feb 27, 2013 7:38:33 PM

  13. I should add, being realistic about our opponents informs and strengthens our efforts to overcome homophobia and bigotry.

    Posted by: jpeckjr | Feb 27, 2013 7:43:42 PM

  14. his "apathy" is shameful. in 2013, "not caring" (ignore his pathetic mangle of the english language which actually would suggest he DOES care...) is not enough. it's because of men like Miller that this closet culture continues.

    why? they feign ambivalence when what is needed is ACTIVE SUPPORT.

    saying "Hey, um *burp* I don' really care if they's gays or not as long as they can play football" is not enough, it's time for "Yeah. your ability to play is all that should matter and it's time the locker room was a place where people can be themselves."

    this is not the face, nor voice, of an ALLY.

    this is some idiot who, apparently, uses terms like "progressive" and "liberal" as pejoratives (!) and then refuses to take any form of stance that a real man should take; namely, "i support you to be whomever you are, and i'll back you up if others give you crap about it."

    Progressives and Liberals wouldn't be seen as "extremists" if it wasn't for conservatives like this man, who possess the courage and integrity of a bowl of oatmeal.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 27, 2013 7:47:14 PM

  15. as there is zero backup, in any religious scripture in any culture, that forbids a person from playing football with a gay person, any "religious" arguments are null.

    or else we're expected to believe that there is NEVER any sexualizing of females in their locker-room talk. because, you know, that would be offensive to the Christian (and Muslim) belief that sex is a sacred thing that is intended solely for procreation.

    how can a person have a religious problem with ...well....anything relating to football? the sport they play, like heathens, on a Sunday?

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 27, 2013 7:53:20 PM

  16. WTF????? Religion???? In the locker room???
    I guess wife beaters, murders and drug addicts are totally okay, though.

    Posted by: niles | Feb 27, 2013 8:10:58 PM

  17. *curtain rises*

    "Yo, last night this hooker was totally sucking my..."

    "-EXCUSE ME! this is a CHRISTIAN locker room!"

    said no football player, ever.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 27, 2013 8:19:02 PM

  18. Religious culture in the NFL? LOL, LOL, LOL, LOL, LOL, Please help me, I can't stop laughing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 27, 2013 8:38:43 PM

  19. OK, let's keep the "element" causing the problem out of the locker room - i.e,, intolerant religious nuts who think they have a right to force their beliefs on everyone else.

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 27, 2013 8:40:00 PM

  20. Jim Miller said: "Last time I checked, whether it’s Christianity or Muslims or other religions that are out there, they’re just not going to accept it."

    Last time I checked, football locker rooms are not places of worship. Unless, Mr. Miller, you are saying you regularly go down on your knees in the locker room...but then...wouldn't that just dismiss your argument?

    Posted by: Jay | Feb 27, 2013 8:59:03 PM

  21. @MEL SMITH Jim Miller isn't black....

    Posted by: Derrick | Feb 27, 2013 9:20:11 PM

  22. This is ludicrous thinking! Mr. Miller should well know that we gays invented the locker room for our own enjoyment and the world isn't going to start locking us out now!

    Posted by: thepolarbeast | Feb 27, 2013 9:21:06 PM

  23. First of all: This guy is clearly anti-gay and he's in a round-about way trying to say that liberals keep trying to force and flaunt homosexuality on people.

    Now that we got that out of the way.........HAAHAHAHA. Laughing at sports locker rooms being hailed as religious sanctuaries. Oh please. Religion is nothing but an excuse. We know most NFL players aren't living so-called God-fearing lives. All of this is nothing more but persecution against a group of citizens people consider weak, vulnerable, rudderless and don't respect aka the LGBTQ community. Nothing more, nothing less.

    Good thing is just how pathetic Jim Miller's comments are and will be looked at by most of the public. That only helps our cause.

    Posted by: Francis | Feb 27, 2013 9:27:42 PM

  24. This guy thinks the NFL is a religion?! Sports fans, I beg you to join people who are concerned with protecting lions as an endangered species. Not enough lions, too many Christians.

    Posted by: Artie_in_Lauderdale | Feb 27, 2013 9:30:12 PM

  25. Oh but these very same religious players will accept scantily-clad female cheerleaders, won't they? And what about adultery? I'm sure there's some back-slapping going on there.

    The other thing that irks me is 'could care less', which means he cares a lot.

    Posted by: rise | Feb 27, 2013 9:42:14 PM

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