Ahead of this weekend’s Superbowl XLVIII, Denver Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie believes “some guys would be uncomfortable” sharing a locker room with an openly gay NFL player.
Recently-retired German footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger revealed he was homosexual earlier this month, yet such an admission is very much the exception rather than rule in the world of sports.
By Scott MacArthur – @scottmacarthur8
The 27 year-old said: “I would have nothing against it if a player is going to come out,” he said. “You cannot look at him differently.
“But I think it would be hard because, in this league, you have to shower with guys and be around guys and some guys are going to be uncomfortable and some aren’t.”
Rodgers-Cromartie’s opinion is shared on the whole by fans and media alike, but not every NFL player believes such a step is so unlikely.
In fact, when a player comes out as gay in the world of sport, it is normally followed by the complete opposite, with fans and fellow professionals offering their support and praise.
It will be interesting to see the reaction of the NFL within the coming days as Rodgers-Cromartie prepares himself for the most important game of his life in New Jersey this Sunday.