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Shouldn’t NFL Players Just Shut Up When Asked Their Opinions On Issues Like Gay Marriage?

Submitted by on May 28, 2013 – 11:34 amNo Comment
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Last season’s NFL MVP Adrian Peterson is “not with” gay marriage. During a SiriusXM interview late last week, AP made the stunning revelation when he was asked about former teammate Chris Kluwe, who was cut by the Minnesota Vikings earlier this spring. Kluwe has been an outspoken advocate of gay rights in the past and openly fought for gay people to have the right to get married in Minnesota. But AP doesn’t share his opinion on the subject and said so in his response about Kluwe.

“To each his own,” Peterson said during the interview, “[but] I’m not with it. I have relatives who 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. But to each his own.”

Immediately, AP’s comments caused a whirlwind of media coverage. He hasn’t spoken up again about his beliefs. But many people have come out and said that what he said during the interview offends them. Specifically, they’re not sure why he felt the need to point out that he is “not with” gay marriage. And I have to say that I agree. While AP is entitled to his opinion and while you could make the argument that what AP thinks about gay marriage is more or less unimportant in the grand scheme of things, the truth is that this entire controversy could have been avoided if AP had just said, “We will miss Chris Kluwe in the locker room, he was a nice guy.” Or better yet, he could have said, “No comment.” Instead, he chose to share his insensitive thoughts on gay rights.

AP isn’t alone in his thinking, either. After NBA player Jason Collins came out recently, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace made a comment about gay people on Twitter. Like AP, he didn’t have to do it. He wasn’t tricked into making an anti-gay statement by a reporter. He freely offered up his opinions on gays. And to that, I say: Shut up. Seriously, guys. Do yourself a favor and shut the hell up. You are doing damage to yourselves, to your team, and to the entire NFL when you open your mouths and talk about gay rights in a negative way. And it’s completely avoidable. All you need to do is shut up.

Yet, NFL players can’t seem to do it. They can’t seem to keep their mouths closed and steer clear of controversy when it comes to gay rights. It’s unfortunate and it’s hurting the league. So, can’t someone out there get through to them and tell them that enough is enough? Someone better, or this problem with NFL players is just going to continue to get worse.

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