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Robert Kraft says he’d welcome openly gay players to Patriots

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As the debate and discussion continue regarding whether the NFL is ready for an openly gay player, Patriots owner Robert Kraft say he’s been ready to employ one.

“We’re about winning, and [if] someone can come in here and help us win,” Kraft said this week, via NESN.com.  “I don’t care what ethnic background, what racial background, what gender preference they have, if they can help us win and they’re about team then I’ll be happy to have them here.”
Kraft, who also congratulated NBA center Jason Collins for choosing to disclose his orientation, becomes one of the few owners to send a clear, unequivocal message of acceptance from the top of an NFL organization.  If more persons in positions of power do the same, a gay player inevitably will feel comfortable with disclosing that fact.
That said, we don’t believe that a gay player should come out just because it appears that plenty of people in the media and a select group of straight players seem to be almost rooting for it.  We believe people should just be who they are, being who you are possibly includes being gay but choosing not to share that characteristic publicly.
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33 Responses to “Robert Kraft says he’d welcome openly gay players to Patriots”
  1. green41563 says: May 4, 2013 11:15 PM

    He’s already got one.

  2. FoozieGrooler says: May 4, 2013 11:20 PM

    He already has a few, doesn’t he?

  3. therealpittbull says: May 4, 2013 11:35 PM

    What’s he going to say, “No, I don’t want them here!”. The man is in the business of making money, and alienating a small community that still buy jerseys and other team affiliated items, would be bad business practice. Again, stories like this are useless.

  4. dlbpatsfan says: May 4, 2013 11:37 PM

    This is what I call an organization with class and makes me proud to be a Pats fan. No discrimination here, not from us. We accept gay players with open arms. And yet people still hate us and call us cheaters. Haters gonna hate but oh well. GO PATRIOTS!

  5. gooboy6 says: May 4, 2013 11:42 PM

    What a brave , heroic thing to say Robert. Original too. What an innovator!

  6. lostsok says: May 4, 2013 11:45 PM

    I’ll never understand how a class individual like Robert Kraft can tolerate a cheating jerk like Belicheat.

  7. 1zzo says: May 4, 2013 11:59 PM

    The Brady jokes will surely be in full supply with this one.

  8. bbwasright says: May 5, 2013 12:09 AM

    So what you are saying, Florio, is that it’s OK to be gay and not tell anyone? So what do you suggest a gay player do at the team Christmas party when everyone is bringing their date over?

    If you were walking around town and everyone kept assuming you were a woman, would you feel a need to correct them? I know I would. Well, everyone assumes that a professional athlete is straight. If YOU were a gay athlete, at what point is it OK for you to say something?

    I’ve never had to worry about it, but I have plenty of gay friends. Their coming out moment is one of the most important parts of accepting who they are and ending the shame that they feel. Don’t doubt the importance of it for these players. It’s easy to say they should just be themselves and not worry about telling everyone. But then again, you don’t have to live with the weight of telling a lie to everyone around you every day.

  9. lanman11 says: May 5, 2013 12:10 AM

    As a former season ticket holder from the old days (the hard cores), long since living elsewhere and consequently one of the first customers of NFL Sunday Ticket, I am mortified. Robert, why couldn’t you just take a pass on this issue and duck under the stadium and tell everyone you had an important meeting to get to? You don’t have to go out and campaign for it. If it happens, it happens, I mean…..you know…..not that there’s anything wrong with it……..

    yuk yuk yuk……

  10. whatafungame says: May 5, 2013 12:15 AM

    I wonder if hed accept a very open anti gay jesus speaking christian

  11. Iknoweverything says: May 5, 2013 12:23 AM

    I really don’t know what is worse. The lame people that still use “LOL”, make “Drew Brees wants an explanation” comments, or those that STILL use “haters gonna hate” as an excuse

  12. revskip says: May 5, 2013 12:24 AM

    FoozieGrooler says: May 4, 2013 11:20 PM

    He already has a few, doesn’t he?

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    As does every team in the league. If one in ten men is gay that means every team has between 4 and 6 gay players every season.

  13. 20ereedboyyyy says: May 5, 2013 12:24 AM

    Liberal

  14. craigmaitland says: May 5, 2013 12:35 AM

    How is this news? It would be news if he said he wouldn’t.

  15. wkb2texans says: May 5, 2013 1:00 AM

    Sorry, but the for life of me I don’t understand the thinking behind all of this. Someone’s gay. That someone plays a sport. Whoopee. I don’t need to know that a guy likes doing it with another guy. Don’t care. We’re really whacked as a country when things like this draw so much attention/praise. Get on with life.

  16. pisano says: May 5, 2013 1:07 AM

    I’m sure Belichick is going to appreciate Kraft’s statement, after all he seems so kind and understanding.

  17. eleventyeight says: May 5, 2013 1:13 AM

    Robert Kraft-

    Making Politically Correct and Socially Popular statements anytime it might make him look good and some money too!

    And- if it just *happens?* to make him look progressive all the better….

    “Look everybody- I said it first!!! I’m the MOST un-gay-a-phobic football owner of them ALL!”

  18. eleventyeight says: May 5, 2013 1:15 AM

    BTW-

    It is now a federal felony offense to hurt ANYONE’s feelings in the United Soviet States of America.

  19. jeremycrowhurst says: May 5, 2013 1:16 AM

    therealpittbull says:May 4, 2013 11:35 PM

    What’s he going to say, “No, I don’t want them here!”. The man is in the business of making money, and alienating a small community that still buy jerseys and other team affiliated items, would be bad business practice. Again, stories like this are useless.

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    30 owners have said nothing. (Not sure what the 90,000 owners of the Packers have said.)

    Sorry, guys, it’s a story. Classy move by Kraft.

  20. vertskate900 says: May 5, 2013 1:57 AM

    Translation: “I’m going to give the most pc answer I can give so as not to interrupt the steady flow of gold coins to my bank vault which I go swimming in everyday á la Scrooge McDuck.

  21. hawaiifunfnull says: May 5, 2013 2:01 AM

    Kraft’s position is hardly surprising from any rational resident of Massachusetts. Marriage equality has been the law of the Commonwealth for nearly ten years, and the sky has not fallen.

  22. rajbais says: May 5, 2013 2:51 AM

    You’re a good man Mr. Kraft.

    However, opposers should admit a reason that’s not just related to religion.

    More than likely there are straight players who are afraid of being given a pass by another dude.

    It’s not offensive to say this because it’s one thing to pander to their sentiment despite its offense towards gay players; but it’s another thing to give ca reason without siding with either side.

  23. olhoss1884 says: May 5, 2013 4:15 AM

    The change is inevitable…the more public support for non-discrimination we here from management and players, the less of a big deal it will be when someone finally comes out.

  24. aywill23 says: May 5, 2013 6:37 AM

    Nothing wrong with gays. But there is something wrong with cry babies like tom Brady

  25. classactcalvin81 says: May 5, 2013 6:59 AM

    Man the Tebow jokes get more and more LAME!! Give it up ppl

  26. bencoates57 says: May 5, 2013 7:07 AM

    Sorry, but when you’re married to the world’s top ranked model, you’re ALL MAN.

  27. therealpittbull says: May 5, 2013 8:28 AM

    It’s not classy, its business. He, like the other NFL owners of Billion dollar organizations are getting out in front of a media crap storm. If you don’t support it, your damned. If you do, your damned. So do what they always do, in the best interest of money. If you personally believe that all the owners and players are doing cart wheels waiting for RuPaul to come out, there not. It’s not how society works. But, just like hollywood actors, some are willing to sell their souls for the mighty dollar. It means more to them, than stand ing up for their own thoughts, rather than facing a camera crew screaming their wrong for having their own thoughts. Anyone who comes up against this media agenda will fall, and we’ve seen the lengths the patriots will go, to be on top.

  28. giantssb42champs says: May 5, 2013 8:44 AM

    Wow Bob you’re quite a guy. Give yourself a big pat on the back.

  29. prijak1 says: May 5, 2013 4:43 PM

    I’m tired of all these gays making headlines and everyone having to suck up to them by acting diplomatic towards them. I don’t care if you are gay. Stop bashing it down our throats be considerate towards the children and have some respect for God!

  30. drelms says: May 5, 2013 11:26 PM

    Now that Welker and Woodhead have been thrown away I am so glad I no longer have season tickets. Now the owner wants to make BIG news for himself that he is on-board with the gay lifestyle. I guess he gave up on God when his wife passed away.

  31. bullcharger says: May 6, 2013 10:26 AM

    drelms says:May 5, 2013 11:26 PM

    Now that Welker and Woodhead have been thrown away I am so glad I no longer have season tickets. Now the owner wants to make BIG news for himself that he is on-board with the gay lifestyle. I guess he gave up on God when his wife passed away.

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    He is setting a tone of acceptance for his organization. It’s not very classy say the guy gave up on God because you don’t agree with him.

  32. therealpittbull says: May 6, 2013 12:19 PM

    @bullcharger

    I agree. He may not have given up on God, but he did succumb to the monetary pressures of the moment. He’s no man, a real man stands, regardless of the pressure.

  33. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 7, 2013 7:45 PM

    I really believe the comments from Kraft represent the other owners as well. The NFL and our economic system are set up to reward winning which takes talented people. So if anyone can help a team win, why discriminate for any reason?

    Does anyone actually think there already haven’t been gay players in the past or aren’t any current gay players in the NFL?

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