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04/02/2013 04:36 pm ET Updated Apr 02, 2013

Washington Redskins' Adam Carriker Says Having Gay Teammate Not 'Big Deal'

If you're a Washington Redskins player and you're gay, that wouldn't be a problem, at least according to Washington Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker.

Speaking on his radio show, "4th & Pain," last week, Carriker said that the Redskins' locker room would be accepting if one its players came out as openly gay, according to CBS DC.

"If it were a Washington Redskins player, I don’t think it would be a big deal," said Carriker, adding, "We have a lot of veteran good guys, good veteran leadership on this team."

The Nebraska native's comments came less than a week after a CBS report from Mike Freeman claiming that a gay NFL player is thinking of coming out in the next few months.

Carriker prefaced his response by saying that it is inevitable that somebody in the NFL is gay. "There's...almost 2,000 NFL football players? Maybe just under. Odds are somebody out there in the big wide world of the NFL is gay," argued Carriker.

However, Carriker noted that some NFL locker rooms may not be as accepting as the Redskins' would be.

"If somebody comes out, I think it’s going to depend on the locker room," Carriker suggested. "There are certain locker rooms that have veteran leadership more so than others."

Carriker's remarks come in opposition of Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons, who wrote in a series of Tweets that it would be "selfish" for an NFL player to come out.

While former NFL players have come out and a number of players have stated their support for the LGBT community, most notably Chris Kluwe of the Minnesota Vikings and Brendon Ayanbadejo of the Baltimore Ravens who filed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court urging it to strike down California's Proposition 8, there are not currently any openly gay NFL players.

In May 2012, former Redskins Pro-Bowl linebacker LaVar Arrington said on his own radio show that the first NFL player to come out would be "national hero."

The NBA may not be as progressive as the NFL. Earlier today on a HuffPost Live segment former NBA player and coach Phil Jackson said he'd "never run into" a gay professional basketball player throughout his career. Former NBA player, coach and current ESPN analyst Kurt Rambis said he had the same experience.

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