Browns' Scott Fujita Says Most Would Be Okay with Gay Teammates in the Lockroom
While the NFL is investigating claims that potential NFL draftees were questioned about their sexual orientation, Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, a LGBT supporter, says that it wouldn't matter if a player was gay and that most of his teammates would agree with him.
Fujita said while talking with 92.3 The Ticket on Friday:
“I would argue that the overwhelming majority would be fine with having a teammate who was gay."
Fujita also explained that sometimes when players use gay slurs, "a lot of guys don't mean it to be harmful in any way." He adds, however, that they need to be told that it is not acceptable and:
“A lot of times it is about educating a guy and letting him know, ‘Hey, a lot of people might be affected by that. You have no idea if the guy in the locker next to you could be affected by that, so why not create an atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable to be who they are?’”
Fujita also said that when an NFL player does finally come out as gay, it will at first be a big deal, but then it will be accepted:
“Once a guy comes out, yeah, it’ll be very newsworthy. It’ll be a huge, huge breakthrough and then it’ll be another one and another one and another one. Then it’ll be just another guy in the locker room. So the sooner we get to that point, we can get past all the difficult things the PR staffs feel they might have and should be ashamed they even feel that way, but once we get over that first hurdle then everything should be just fine.”