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NFL Pro with Gay Brother Says Gay Player Coming Out Would Not Be 'Selfish' or a 'Distraction'

Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin is dismissing remarks made last week by Seattle Seahawk Christopher Clemons, who said via Twitter that having a teammate come out publicly as gay would be a "selfish" distraction.

BarwinSaid Barwin, who has an out gay older brother, to USA Today:

"I don't think it would be selfish," he tells USA TODAY Sports. "As a heterosexual man, I can't speak to what it must feel like to be gay in the NFL. I don't know what somebody goes through. I imagine its very hard to go through. So I would support that teammate no matter what.

"I don't think it would be a distraction. And even if it was, the NFL has distractions in every locker room. You would work through it like anything else. If somebody had a problem with a teammate being gay, they would realize very quickly that it was something they could get over."

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  1. I've seen this guy without a shirt on. If his brother is half as gorgeous as he is, I SO want to date him!!!! :-)

    Posted by: Fruit-for-Peace | Apr 1, 2013 9:01:42 AM

  2. heroic and manly.....

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Apr 1, 2013 10:31:33 AM

  3. and apparently he likes bears.. ;)
    check the link under my name for this image, if I can't get it to load here..

    Posted by: dego | Apr 1, 2013 10:45:10 AM

  4. dego:

    Yum? Beauty and brains go together.

    Posted by: dd | Apr 1, 2013 12:00:18 PM

  5. Open minded, talented, totally hot... I think I have a new favorite player in the NFL. :p

    Posted by: Ryan | Apr 1, 2013 12:41:18 PM

  6. He describes himself as "heterosexual?" Hmm... Still, it's incredibly wonderful of him to say what he said.

    Posted by: Gabe R L | Apr 1, 2013 1:32:30 PM

  7. Another crack in that big dumb jock stereotype. What are we going to do when we don't have any stereotypes left?

    Posted by: andrew | Apr 1, 2013 5:20:43 PM

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