Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has said having an openly gay teammate "really wouldn't bother me that much" but admits that it could make him uncomfortable in certain situations. These comments come more than a week after he said that gay marriage is "not something I believe in" during a radio interview.
Speaking to the Oklahoman on Monday, the reigning NFL Most Valuable Player talked about the aspects of having an openly gay teammate that could make him "uncomfortable."
“Simple things, as far as showers and things like that, you know, of course, anyone would be uncomfortable,” Peterson told the Oklahoman. “But you know, I'm a grown man. There's things that I can deal with. I'm comfortable in my skin. I'll still high-five them. Pat them on the butt when he's doing good, and go on about my business.”
Peterson recently made headlines by revealing that he doesn't believe in gay marriage. The topic of marriage equality was raised during a discussion of the Vikings' decision to release punter Chris Kluwe, an outspoken advocate of marriage equality.
"To each his own. I’m not with it," he said, via NESN.com. "But you know I have relatives that are gay. I’m not biased towards them. I still treat them the same. I love'em. But again, I’m not with that. That’s not something I believe in."
Peterson told the Oklahoman that he never felt pressured to apologize for those remarks, but admitted he was surprised by the attention and backlash. The 28-year-old who starred at the University of Oklahoma may be in line for more negative reaction after seeming to imply that homosexuality was a choice as he expanded on his previous comments.
“Like I said when I made the statement, ‘To each his own,'” Peterson told The Oklahoman. “We have homosexuals who choose to live their life the way they do. You know what? To me, that's fine. You can do that. If you want people to respect that, then just respect my view."
Peterson's latest remarks to the Oklahoman come days after Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck told CNN that he would have "absolutely no problem" with an openly gay teammate.
“It’s the 21st century, and I know I would have absolutely no problem with it. I hope no one would treat him any differently than any straight player, no special treatment. He’s just another guy, another part of it," Luck said.