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Pro football: Adrian Peterson would not be bothered by having a homosexual teammate

Peterson — a little more than a week removed from expressing his opposition to gay marriage in a radio interview — did admit, though, that some aspects of it might make him uncomfortable.
by Jason Kersey Published: June 3, 2013
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photo - ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, DEC. 15-16 - FILE - This Nov. 11, 2012 file photo shows Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson waving to fans before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File) ORG XMIT: NY181
ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, DEC. 15-16 - FILE - This Nov. 11, 2012 file photo shows Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson waving to fans before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File) ORG XMIT: NY181

Peterson's expressed opposition to gay marriage comes at a time when public opinion on the issue has drastically shifted in the other direction.

In late April, veteran NBA center Jason Collins penned a first-person Sports Illustrated article to announce his homosexuality. The response was largely positive and accepting from his NBA colleagues, including superstars such as Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant.

“If the guy's happy, whatever he does, that's cool with me,” Durant said the day of Collins' announcement. “Jason Collins, playing against him, seems like a great guy. ... Nobody has any right to judge. He's his own man, makes his own decisions.”

Peterson's original comments also happened to come on the same day the Los Angeles Galaxy's Robbie Rogers became the first openly gay athlete to play in one of the United States' five major pro sports leagues.

Peterson said he never felt pressure to apologize because his sentiment wasn't hateful or disrespectful, and that he was surprised by some of the harshly negative public response.

“Like I said when I made the statement, ‘To each his own,'” Peterson said. “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.

“I'm not persecuting anyone or pointing a finger ... I got asked a question and I voiced my personal opinion, which, as a citizen, I'm free to do that. But, of course, when you've got the platform that I've got, you're gonna get a lot of different reactions and comments from it. I'm able to weather that and just deal with it.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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