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Kaepernick: Players don’t care if teammates are straight or gay

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Add 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to the list of players who say they’d be fine with Michael Sam, the openly gay former Missouri defensive end, in their locker rooms.

Kaepernick said in an interview with Michele Steele on ESPN that no one in the 49ers’ locker room would have an issue with Sam.

“I think when he steps into that locker room everyone’s going to know that he’s there to help us win games,” Kaepernick said. “And that’s why you’re in the NFL, to help us win games. No one cares if you’re black, white, straight, gay, Christian, Jewish, whatever it may be.”

That seems to be the prevailing sentiment in the NFL: Sam may become a trailblazer as the NFL’s first openly gay player, but the team he plays for will welcome him as just one more player who can help the team win.

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64 Responses to “Kaepernick: Players don’t care if teammates are straight or gay”
  1. calhounlambeau says: Feb 17, 2014 4:10 PM

    So Colin Kaepernick speaks for everyone now. Apparently he’s never met Chris Culliver, or has already consulted with him.

  2. illiniftw says: Feb 17, 2014 4:13 PM

    That IS the prevailing sentiment of the NFL. That won’t stop the media from digging until somebody says something stupid that they can blow up

  3. rdrs68 says: Feb 17, 2014 4:15 PM

    Only the older generations and those players and coaches with an outdated mindset will have a problem with gay players.

  4. donny1rodriguez says: Feb 17, 2014 4:16 PM

    Media just can’t wait for a big controversy to emerge from the Michael Sam “situation”. Like sharks circling wounded prey.

  5. drcap says: Feb 17, 2014 4:20 PM

    The dude is smart… I just wish he would learn to throw just a bit more accurately… sigh

  6. thelastwordyaheard says: Feb 17, 2014 4:25 PM

    don’t ever try the best with a sorry receiver like Crabtree..

  7. dinofrank60 says: Feb 17, 2014 4:25 PM

    Jeez, if a player helped me win games, win a Super Bowl, he could be gay, straight, 4’3″, have one arm, one foot and one tooth, that’s all I care about. People got more things to worry about than this silliness.

  8. ecupatsfan12 says: Feb 17, 2014 4:26 PM

    Well said Kaep, sad thing is ESPN doesn’t care about that, only ratings. They are going to blow this up into Tebow/Manziel proportions and try to make Sam a distraction.

  9. jonbeck316 says: Feb 17, 2014 4:28 PM

    And neither do the fans. But the media sure does.

  10. shaggytoodle says: Feb 17, 2014 4:29 PM

    The are the only people that care about players sexual orientation.

    Especially during the down time of the NFL season.

  11. johnnycamparm says: Feb 17, 2014 4:29 PM

    Well of course…. His teammates sure seem to not care that he’s their QB.

  12. cakesw says: Feb 17, 2014 4:30 PM

    The saddest thing about all of this…is that what does it really mean if they say yes, or no about playing with a gay teammate. It’s 100 % pointless….Kaepernick can say whatever he wants to the media, we have no idea if it’s true or not.

    Much like all of the ” coach speak ” we here, week in and week out….there is nothing binding to any if it….so why the media keeps running with this stuff is beyond me.

    Kaepernick is smart, he does play in a town, known for it’s large gay community. Saying anything less than what he did would have been ill received.

  13. beastmode5150 says: Feb 17, 2014 4:31 PM

    He is SURE of that.

  14. jasncondit says: Feb 17, 2014 4:32 PM

    Exactly, so can we please stop writing, reading and talking about it every article. Enough already. I am beginning to turn off the TV and Radio when this stuff comes on. Tired of having it thrown in my face everyday. Can’t wait until sports pick up to drown this slow news day drivel!

  15. purpleguy says: Feb 17, 2014 4:43 PM

    They’re probably more concerned with the goofy way Kaepernick wears his hats.

  16. taylorgangtrippymane says: Feb 17, 2014 4:45 PM

    Well the Niners accepted Kaeperpick so…

  17. keltictim says: Feb 17, 2014 4:47 PM

    Didn’t he also say that Peyton would pick apart seattle? His track record for accuracy ain’t too good

  18. beerndrums says: Feb 17, 2014 4:47 PM

    Everyone can go on tv or radio or tweet till their fingers fall off and say they’re gonna paint rainbows in the family room but I bet when they are relaxed with their friends smoking weed and drinking booze….they probably sing a different song.
    Not all of them but more than you’d think

  19. raiderheart says: Feb 17, 2014 4:53 PM

    As long as he can fill the gap & stop the RB from hitting the hole no ones gonna care……

  20. realdealsteel says: Feb 17, 2014 4:53 PM

    Kapernick isn’t qualified to speak for the entire league. He’s the same guy who said Seattle wasn’t anything and then said Peyton Manning will find plenty of holes in the Seahawks secondary. blah, blah, blah, blah, blah…

    He just talks to hear himself talk.

  21. zombiebuddha says: Feb 17, 2014 4:54 PM

    The Dolphins showed that locker rooms are full of guys waiting to embrace you, no matter what your story might be.

  22. mrwalterisgod says: Feb 17, 2014 4:59 PM

    I’m interested in knowing what he took in high school to get a 4.2 GPA, given that is on the field issues and puzzling off the field comments do not reflect someone of such high intelligence.

  23. doctorrustbelt says: Feb 17, 2014 5:01 PM

    I wonder how Aaron Rodgers and his ex-“roommate” Kevin Lanflisi feel about this issue.

  24. packattack1967 says: Feb 17, 2014 5:18 PM

    Nope, only the liberal media does.

  25. acebuccs08 says: Feb 17, 2014 5:20 PM

    That’s why he did that photo shoot of Sport Illustrated naked!

  26. craigkintexas says: Feb 17, 2014 5:30 PM

    If you like your insurance you can keep it, I promise.

  27. pkrlvr says: Feb 17, 2014 5:32 PM

    So sick of hearing “liberal media”. What a bunch of crap. All media are vultures, not just the libs. The libs just like pushing this topic because they know it makes you back woods conservative christians cringe.

  28. zeeman911 says: Feb 17, 2014 5:34 PM

    Says the guy living in the closet….

  29. Ed Bandell says: Feb 17, 2014 5:36 PM

    There have been plenty of comments from current and former NFL players that seem to contradict what Kaep is saying.

  30. ojdiddoit says: Feb 17, 2014 5:36 PM

    Prediction 1..Sam will not be drafted by Niners

  31. phillyshouldsignmaclin says: Feb 17, 2014 5:36 PM

    It may take a more significant player to not matter

  32. seattlelibtard says: Feb 17, 2014 5:38 PM

    Kap’s teammates seem fine with him, so I think he is correct.

  33. MasMacho says: Feb 17, 2014 5:42 PM

    Players only care if you turn it over 3 times in the 4th Quarter of your conference championship game.

  34. alshonbrandontandem says: Feb 17, 2014 5:45 PM

    Packer players seem to be ok with Aaron Rodgers

  35. gbpackbacker says: Feb 17, 2014 5:47 PM

    But the fans in Wisconsin do care!

  36. jwilliamsspf says: Feb 17, 2014 5:50 PM

    Well, Kaepernick…the media does. So you better get used to more questions.

  37. jonanthans says: Feb 17, 2014 5:52 PM

    What else do u expect him to say?

  38. packfanaj12 says: Feb 17, 2014 5:54 PM

    If nobody cared, then this would not be as much of an issue. The problem is people DO care… Thus it is an issue.

  39. jgedgar70 says: Feb 17, 2014 5:56 PM

    I think most players are most interested in if a player can help win games, not who he ates in his personal life. (Obviously, there are exceptions.)

    I’m ready for this to die down until draft time.

  40. chawk12thman says: Feb 17, 2014 5:57 PM

    Two items: He isn’t the first openly gay NFL player, Yet…..He needs to be drafted. Secondly, and likely most importantly, he hasn’t been accepted into any NFL locker room, yet. Everyone is saying the right things and we wouldn’t expect anything different. Time will tell.

  41. brettfavresmidget says: Feb 17, 2014 6:00 PM

    Was he wearing his powder blue Dolphins’ hat?

  42. tombstone7 says: Feb 17, 2014 6:04 PM

    Enough already! Sam is setting the NFL for a lawsuit ..If he goes lower that he expects in the draft, he will claim discrimination because of his sexual orientation. Prove it!..

  43. whinerssuck says: Feb 17, 2014 6:25 PM

    Figures this guy would agree lol. I mean they all are going to say this but I absolutely think this guy may be as well.

  44. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Feb 17, 2014 6:26 PM

    Of course. It’s always been that way. Does anyone think Sam is the first gay player ever in the NFL?

    However for some liberal media, this will not be enough. They want NFL players to approve and agree with the lifestyle. You don’t have to do that to work beside each other including the NFL.

  45. mightyminer says: Feb 17, 2014 6:35 PM

    the mostly older, white, conservative owners tend to have a different view of things…and since they sign the checks…

  46. channer81 says: Feb 17, 2014 6:49 PM

    Wait until a starting Quarterback comes out as gay, the face of a franchise, last I checked its rare that DE are the face.

  47. wopp22 says: Feb 17, 2014 6:55 PM

    Sounds good for print,but we know that’s BS

  48. number1hawkfan says: Feb 17, 2014 7:02 PM

    Smartest thing Kap has ever said. His prediction about the Super Bowl wasn’t exactly smart though.

  49. billb49 says: Feb 17, 2014 7:43 PM

    I was hoping that the Seahawks championship would help make Seahawk fans less annoying. I can see by the comments above that I’m going to be disappointed.

  50. pgilbert2013 says: Feb 17, 2014 7:47 PM

    Come on Number1… Really? You want your QB saying “I’d like to maybe make it to the playoffs?” Really? I want my QB ever year to think he’s going to the Super Bowl.

    Be a gracious winner. Both of our teams would have trounced the Broncos. Honestly, I bet you had a little concern as the Niners were driving down the field with time winding down. I know because I was confident we would score… Kaep will grow up soon… Then it’s going to be Western domination for years.

  51. raiderapologist says: Feb 17, 2014 8:09 PM

    Some players care, for sure. Kaepernick gets endorsements, and isn’t going to say anything to screw that up, no matter how he really feels.

  52. bmd2099 says: Feb 17, 2014 8:10 PM

    If only you could read a defense with such omnipotence Kap

  53. stercuilus65 says: Feb 17, 2014 8:25 PM

    I think a lot of players aren’t comfortable showering with a pecker checker!

  54. richardcolvinreid says: Feb 17, 2014 9:01 PM

    He’s just saying that cause he clearly is and he wouldn’t judge someone with the same lifestyle.

  55. dynastyposeiden says: Feb 17, 2014 9:06 PM

    after his pitiful display in the espn body issue … the jury IS out on CK as well

  56. vikinganswer says: Feb 17, 2014 9:30 PM

    Of course not when you are in SF.

  57. jayquintana says: Feb 17, 2014 10:08 PM

    Though probably disingenuous, it’s smart. Professional athletes should learn from Derek Jeter: never say anything controversial. Then you never have to say you were misquoted or your words were taken out of context.

  58. JSpicoli says: Feb 17, 2014 10:08 PM

    Blah blah blah.

    Words mean nothing. But one should never miss an opportunity to scale Mt. Make Yourself Look Good.

  59. chinahand11 says: Feb 17, 2014 10:56 PM

    Media will keep fishing until they get someone drunk to shoot his mouth off with some anti-PC slurs then boom! They will have the story they’ve been digging for.

  60. stephenolszewski says: Feb 17, 2014 11:21 PM

    And this is the way it should be.

  61. NJ49er says: Feb 18, 2014 5:54 AM

    Michael Sam plays football.
    He’s also brought himself out of the closet so to speak.

    Some people have a hard time accepting who they are.
    Not so in Michaels’ case.

    He felt compelled to be open about his sexuality.
    No harm, no foul.

    Aaron Hernandez wasn’t so honest about who he really is.

    Who’s happier in their own skin now?

    Ex College team mate and current NYJ DT, Sheldon Richardson, roomed with him at Mizzou.

    He’s got no problems with him, why should anyone else?
    It’s about playing football.
    You can, or you can’t.

  62. listenup823 says: Feb 18, 2014 10:29 AM

    Neither does anyone else

  63. bagadeez04 says: Feb 18, 2014 11:00 AM

    I think the vast majority of players/fans could care less about his sexual oriention. He’s a person like anyone else…who should be judged by his character and what he accomplishes.

    That said…it’s the media that is obsessed with his being gay and that sees him as being different. Kinda funny when you think about it.

  64. yordo says: Feb 18, 2014 12:00 PM

    We the people DO care. Some of us have morals.

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