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Redskins Quarterback: 'Now Is The Time For A Gay NFL Player To Come Out'

RedStar quarterback for the Washington Redskins Robert Griffin III, commonly referred to as RG3, told GQ in a recent interview that he believes that now is the appropriate time for a gay NFL player to come out of the closet, The Advocate reports:

"I think there are [gay players] right now, and if they're looking for a window to just come out, I mean, now is the window," he said in an interview with GQ. "My view on it is, yes, I am a Christian, but to each his own. You do what you want to do. If some Christians want to look at being gay as a sin, then thinking about other women, committing adultery — or any of those sins that are in the Bible — those are sins too. And God looks at all of us the same way."

Griffin's call comes just months after rumors swirled about the possibility of 4 gay NFL players coming out. However, those rumors have yet to materialize into anything more substantial.

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  1. I don't think rumors (plural) "swirled" about the possibility of 4 NFL players coming out. I think that rumor was based on a single source, Brendon Ayanbadejo, with other media outlets publishing the rumor.

    Posted by: will | Aug 16, 2013 8:33:18 PM


  2. How refreshing—a non-hypocritical Christian.

    Posted by: David R. | Aug 16, 2013 9:21:39 PM


  3. Well, although he thinks homosexuality is a sin, at the very least, he's consistent and he's respectful. That's all we can ask. We know plenty of NFL players likely hold similar views regarding homosexuality and their religion, but as long as they're cordial, things will be fine.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Aug 17, 2013 1:58:29 AM


  4. He's a good guy, I like him.

    Posted by: Pookie | Aug 17, 2013 3:05:39 AM


  5. @ Francis #1
    He said: "If some Christians want to look at being gay as a sin..." He said nothing about his own views, except that to each his own. That could be interpreted as he might think it's a sin, but that is peoples own business. But that is perhaps a bit cynical a view.

    Posted by: Bry | Aug 17, 2013 6:48:56 AM


  6. RGIII really needs to just shut the hell up about now. I appreciate the sentiment, but he needs to focus less on making press statements and undermining his coach, and more on rehabbing and getting ready for the season. He loses his bully pulpit if the team cuts him because he doesn't know when to zip it and DO HIS FREAKING JOB.

    Posted by: Jerry | Aug 17, 2013 7:10:50 AM


  7. Love this guy!

    Posted by: Alejandro | Aug 17, 2013 8:42:03 AM


  8. Wow. This is amazing. He's so celebrated in NFL too. What an encouraging comment!

    Posted by: USC Trojans Fan | Aug 17, 2013 8:42:28 AM


  9. This is so wonderful to read on so many different levels. I hope every LGBT on social media reaches out to him to thank him for this, because he'll get a lot of heat from many sports fans, but he needs to know many of us appreciate this commentary on his part.

    Posted by: Kyle | Aug 17, 2013 8:43:18 AM


  10. He's basically one of the most prominent sports stars in the country right now. His being so accepting and open to a gay NFL player, almost welcoming them, does an INCREDIBLE thing for not only closeted players, but LGBT youth who want to play the sport.

    This is beyond nice to see.

    Posted by: Duration & Convexity | Aug 17, 2013 8:44:38 AM


  11. He really is a big deal in football, and so too is this quote by him.

    You know things are getting better when one of the most celebrated athletes tells one of the most well known men's magazines that now is the time for gay players to come out.

    Posted by: Junior | Aug 17, 2013 8:46:25 AM


  12. He really answered this flawlessly. He didn't say he thinks it's a sin, he didn't mention any discomfort with fellow gay players, and he basically accepted the realities of gay people in all brackets of society.
    I wish more athletes could take such a professional and respectful approach.

    Posted by: L.J | Aug 17, 2013 8:47:35 AM


  13. He has a lot of fans. A lot of male fans. And I'd imagine some are young gay men. I just hope at least one of his gay youth fans gets to see what he said here and it inspires them to know they aren't hated. Even their hero athlete accepts them as they are.

    Posted by: LipstickDiva | Aug 17, 2013 8:49:08 AM


  14. I agree. PLEASE tweet him a thank you if any of you all get a chance. Yes, most celebs do read their tweets and he in a position to make more of an impact. Let him know it's appreciated.

    Posted by: BamaMan | Aug 17, 2013 8:50:01 AM


  15. Let's face it, according to the Xtian belief system there isn't much that human beings can do to avoid sinning.

    Posted by: mike | Aug 17, 2013 9:02:40 AM


  16. Woohoo regarding everything about this story.

    Go Washington redskins!

    Posted by: Jennie | Aug 17, 2013 9:27:23 AM


  17. Thank you Robert Griffin III for this interview and your respectful comments.

    Posted by: Benivo | Aug 17, 2013 9:41:27 AM


  18. Good for him! He's a great addition to the Redskins!

    Posted by: Reality | Aug 17, 2013 10:05:25 AM


  19. He hasn't caught a lot of heat for his comments by fans, really, which is a good thing. In fact, surprisingly, his comments haven't gotten that much attention like most similar statements on gay players, probably because RG3 is involved in many other story lines and the season is about to start. But his comments are nice and respectful and I know closeted players in the NFL and gay/bi youth/college athletes read this and felt happier.

    These players throughout all leagues and sports saying "we accept you" is very important. To serve as an example, to make things less scary for gay people in sports, and to send the message that homophobia isn't OK. The wall that existed separating gay people from the sports world is breaking down rapidly.

    Bry---he did imply being gay is a sin. He didn't say it, which I respect him for. But he did imply it. I mean, he went to Baylor, so it should come as no surprise. But he took the compassionate Christian route, which is respecting people for who they are even if you disagree with them morally. That's all we can ask for.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Aug 17, 2013 10:12:59 AM


  20. jerry, deal with it. the qb vs coach thing has been blown up by reporters looking for a story, it's a load of bs and we all know it, nothing more than sportscenter looking for ratings they should be getting with great baseball plays at this point in august. there's no issue between rgiii and shanny, stop harping on the guy.

    Posted by: jenn | Aug 17, 2013 10:17:55 AM


  21. Let him know we're thankful for saying this. Already sent my social media thank you.

    Posted by: Michelle | Aug 17, 2013 10:19:21 AM


  22. Great to see yet another example of the fundamental change that is taking place in the male culture; homosexuality become more acceptable and emotional intimacy between men becoming more acceptable (the "bromance" phenomenon)......which will ultimately liberate all men from dependence on women and make their lives much happier and more fulfilling.

    Posted by: Rick | Aug 17, 2013 1:29:44 PM


  23. It's one of those things: if you consider yourself a strong man, Come Out.

    "masculine" and "Not Out" are in fact mutual exclusives.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 17, 2013 2:10:31 PM


  24. RG3 sounds like a good guy, even though I don't like all the primitive bible references.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 17, 2013 5:24:38 PM


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