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Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton Welcome Michael Sam and a Gay NFL Player: VIDEO

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ESPN asked 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and Panthers QB Cam Newton about Michael Sam and if he'll be welcomed into the NFL. Of course he will, they said.

Said Kaepernick:

"I think when he steps into that locker room, everyone's going to know that he's there to help us win games. And that's why you're in the NFL, to help us win games. No one cares if you're black, white, straight, gay, Christian, Jewish, whatever it may be. When you step on that field you're a member of in my case, the 49ers. Or the Carolina Panthers. That's your job. That's your occupation."

Newton added:

"Absolutely. His job is a linebacker. Colin said it best when he said we don't worry about each other outside of football. Of course we have, 'Are you ok? Is there anything I can help you with?' But we're football players. We're in this organization for one reason and one reason only. And if you're helping us to attain success, your personal life is your personal life."

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  1. are they gay?

    Posted by: mymy | Feb 18, 2014 9:56:36 AM


  2. And there you go, two of the NFL's best speaking openly and frankly about gay acceptance. Couldn't be prouder of them. Next item: what's with that hat on Kaepernick? He looks like a member of "Our Gang", the little kid TV show.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Feb 18, 2014 10:00:01 AM


  3. Kaepernick and Newton are awesome.

    Posted by: Mel Smith | Feb 18, 2014 10:01:02 AM


  4. Wise words, guys.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Feb 18, 2014 10:16:18 AM


  5. Don't piss on the Straight Allies...you sad little queens....

    Posted by: Ankerich | Feb 18, 2014 10:20:03 AM


  6. "He looks like a member of "Our Gang", the little kid TV show." - LOL! And Cam looks like the nerdy prep student.

    Posted by: Belthazar | Feb 18, 2014 10:24:33 AM


  7. Well, waddaya know: professionals--and good-lookin' well-spoken, intelligent professionals at that. Watta shame their professionalism hasn't seemed into the NFL management offices.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Feb 18, 2014 10:25:34 AM


  8. I'm really pleased to see this. Kaepernick is a very religious person, so I'm glad to see he can look beyond his beliefs and be accepting. It's a philosophy I wish more people would employ.

    Posted by: Larry | Feb 18, 2014 10:32:52 AM


  9. Two quarterbacks. That's very significant.

    Posted by: JeffNYC | Feb 18, 2014 10:35:43 AM


  10. This is great.

    And @Larry: just because someone is religious doesn't mean they have to "look past [their] beliefs" to be accepting. I have many very religious friends who will tell you that it's *because* of their beliefs that they are accepting. There are many different flavors of very religious.

    Posted by: Dan E | Feb 18, 2014 10:37:55 AM


  11. Very significant indeed. Very wise words from both. Very professional. Then again---we shouldn't be too surprised. They're both part of a generation that is, by and large, accepting. Michael Sam will be accepted quickly by all if he produces. It's all about helping the team win in the end.

    As for their style..I find it almost endearing. They're two regular guys. I see individual straight guys wearing similar get-ups to these two all the type. I think it speaks to the whole super macho NFL stereotype being a bit played out.

    Posted by: Francis | Feb 18, 2014 10:40:41 AM


  12. Well, I wish Colin would welcome other gay player - himself!

    Posted by: litper | Feb 18, 2014 10:52:20 AM


  13. It's generational.
    These guys are a lot younger than the NFL bosses.
    The problem is in the front offices, not the locker rooms.

    Posted by: woody | Feb 18, 2014 11:26:10 AM


  14. Two of the best, young QB's in the NFL, speaking eloquently of Michael Sams and why it really should be no big deal.

    Colin, you're time to be the Super Bowl champ is coming and I am one of your biggest fans.

    For TW readers, here's a link RE: Colin Kaepernick that you might find interesting:

    http://www.rickey.org/colin-kaepernick-espn-body-issue-2013-video/

    Posted by: jamal49 | Feb 18, 2014 11:31:32 AM


  15. Cam and those glasses! LOL! He looks like one big Nurd! Kudos to them both. I thought Colin was (and has always) been (a closeted) gay. Members of Our Gang definitely! LOL!

    Posted by: Jack | Feb 18, 2014 11:41:13 AM


  16. They are both beautiful!

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Feb 18, 2014 12:18:43 PM


  17. Hot damn, my crush on Kaepernick just grew exponentially

    Posted by: Jesus | Feb 18, 2014 12:40:03 PM


  18. @Dan E: Your friends are the exception, not the rule. If they were the rule, there wouldn't be state legislatures--and even our own Congress--debating laws protecting people's right to discriminate "for religious reasons."

    Anyway, it was a compliment, so I'm not certain why you had to dissect my word choices.

    Posted by: Larry | Feb 18, 2014 12:55:58 PM


  19. "I think it speaks to the whole super macho NFL stereotype being a bit played out"

    It is only a stereotype among effeminate gay men. Most football players are of normal masculinity, nothing more, nothing less. Which is what all well-adjusted men should be, regardless of sexual orientation.

    That they are willing to accept a masculine gay guy as a teammate should not lead you to believe that they regard effeminacy or cowardice among men as acceptable--They don't....and neither do other men, nor are they ever going to.

    As for them being attractive....well, I am glad somebody thinks they are (LOL)

    Posted by: Rick | Feb 18, 2014 1:54:05 PM


  20. Rick, just because you're a self loathing troll obsessed with masculinity doesn't mean the straight men you worship feel the same way. The only guys obsessed with the performed and perceived masculinity of other men who are hiding something. You're not out, so I can understand why you put so much weight in passing as straight and blending in. You're truly sad.

    Posted by: Tyler | Feb 18, 2014 2:18:25 PM


  21. cap on sorta backwards and askew = DOOOOOOOSH

    Posted by: D | Feb 18, 2014 2:21:05 PM


  22. Cam Newton is some kinda fine! Dayum!

    Kaepernick sounds like he's from my neck of the woods (MS). From what I can tell from the net, he grew up in Wisconsin? WTF did that accent come from.

    Both these guys are awesome.

    Posted by: AriesMatt | Feb 18, 2014 3:35:54 PM


  23. Cam's dad is a preacher & Kaep has religious tattoos all over his body, so it goes to show that you don't have to be a bigot to be a good Christian.
    Cam has his own clothing line!

    Posted by: Grady | Feb 18, 2014 4:02:01 PM


  24. Love you, Colin !

    Posted by: Pookie | Feb 18, 2014 4:38:34 PM


  25. THEY SO HAWT LEL

    Posted by: ggrr | Feb 18, 2014 9:01:37 PM


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