Now one notoriously anti-gay pundit is mincing no words on the subject, saying that signing an openly gay football player would create sexual tension in locker rooms, leading to a "grenade-like explosion" that would destroy the NFL team in question.
"The NFL's not gonna put up with that kind of nonsense," the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer declared on his "Focal Point" radio show, according to Right Wing Watch. "They know you get sexual tension in a locker room ... you can't avoid divisive things coming into the locker room."
He went on to note, "If an NFL team says we're going to be completely OK with open gays in the locker room...they know that other players are gonna stay away from that team in droves."
Fischer's latest rant follows an interview with Scott Fujita, in which the Cleveland Browns linebacker said he "would argue that the overwhelming majority [of NFL players] would be fine with having a teammate who was gay," and that "it would not be an issue" to have an openly gay player in the locker room.
"It’s important for closet gay athletes everywhere, not just at the professional level, but more importantly athletes at the younger level in high school and college, to understand they do have support around them and that they can come out and feel comfortable," Fujita told 92.3 The Ticket in Cleveland with Bull and Fox. "And honestly, that is going to help save lives.”
The issue of gay players in professional sports has been a heated issue ever since San Francisco 49ers player Chris Culliver told Artie Lange that he would not welcome gay players in the NFL or on his team. "I don't do the gay guys, man," Culliver is quoted in the pre-Super Bowl interview as saying. "I don't do that."