Deion Sanders: Gay NFLers in all of my locker rooms

Deion Sanders says he had a gay teammate in each of his NFL dressing rooms. (AFP)

Deion Sanders says he had a gay teammate in each of his NFL dressing rooms. (AFP)

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Football legend Deion Sanders played for five teams during his 16-year NFL career.

At every stop, he said he shared his locker room with at least one gay player.

In his latest appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show, Sanders was asked about Michael Sam, the draft-eligible University of Missouri defensive end who recently came out as gay.

Multiple reports claim Sam’s revelation will undoubtedly have an impact on his draft status.

NFLDraftScout.com rated Sam the 110th-ranked prospect ahead of last week’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

But the 46-year-old Sanders says it should have no bearing.

“I don’t condone nor do I condemn,” Sanders told Arsenio Hall. “Everyone out there has someone of homosexuality in their family and someone on drugs or alcohol. How can I judge them? It’s up to me to give them love. To give him support. To just be there for him.

“Everyone talks about how football is a family, but when they have opportunity to extend and really show you’re a family member, this is the opportunity. “

The eight-time Pro Bowler, who won a pair of Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers, says he was aware of gay teammates in Atlanta, Baltimore and Washington, too.

“He’s not the first gay guy in the NFL, he’s just the first one to come out. Let’s get that straight,” Sanders said. “Every team I played for there was (a homosexual). That was our boy. We had to look out for him. Every team I’ve played on ... there was someone gay in the locker room.

“If he can make plays, he can play the game.”

Sanders’ words come just days after 35-year-old NBA veteran Jason Collins, who is openly gay, was signed by the Brooklyn Nets.


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