02/10/2014 04:04 pm ET Updated Feb 10, 2014

Thomas Roberts: If NFL Can Overlook 'Alleged Murderers,' 'Clean-Cut Gay Guy' Won't Hurt Anyone

MSNBC's Thomas Roberts said on Monday that the NFL has handled players with far more incendiary backgrounds than Michael Sam, who could be the league's first openly gay player.

Sam, a former Missouri defensive lineman, came out on Sunday and is eligible for the 2014 NFL draft. His disclosure touched off a huge wave of discussion about whether or not the league was ready to deal with a gay player.

On Monday, Joe Scarborough dismissed speculation about whether coming out would hurt Sam's prospects. His reasoning was that "winning" is all the NFL cares about.

Roberts, who is openly gay, agreed. “The league can overlook alleged murderers, wife beaters, and people that don’t pay child support. I don’t think that letting a nice, clean-cut gay guy is going to hurt anybody," he said.

(h/t Mediaite)