Fred Smoot says “no one cares” about the gay players in NFL

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As Michael Sam was trying to become the first openly gay player in the NFL, it was an open secret that he was not close to being the first gay player in the NFL.

While common sense might tell you that’s the case, former Washington and Minnesota cornerback Fred Smoot told us also yesterday.

Smoot did a Reddit AMA (“Ask me anything”) yesterday, which is the verbal equivalent of taking Rob Ryan to a beer-and-appetizer buffet. You never know what you’re going to get, but you know you’re going to get a lot of it.

Via Des Bieler of the Washington Post, Smoot said that he encountered “several” gay players, adding that “everyone knew” and “no one cares.”

Of course, most gay players (and most people in the world) are more discreet about their own off-field exploits than the former first mate on the Vikings’ infamous “Love Boat” cruise.

Since that came up, Smoot mentioned that if it happened now under Roger Goodell’s watchful eye, he’d have been “banished from the league”

“Gotta be famous for something i guess,” he said.

But while Smoot’s a bit of a clown, the fact he’s so matter-of-fact about gay players in the NFL should tell us something — very few teammates would care, so long as that teammate could play.

35 responses to “Fred Smoot says “no one cares” about the gay players in NFL

  1. Believe me, a lot of people would care if Oprah came barreling through the locker room with her cameras. In a team sport, it’s best to be discreet about your personal life – gay or straight.

  2. Key phrase here — “… so long as that teammate could play.” Michael Sam can’t play at an NFL level, that’s why he’s languishing in the CFL. All these idiots who went out and bought jerseys the day he got drafted.. are that, just idiots.

  3. Honestly, the only people to whom it’s a big issue that there are gays playing in the NFL is the media. If it wasn’t a media circus every time a guy “comes out”, it would be treated as matter-of-factly as it should be. A guy’s sexual preference is a non-issue to other players. All they care about (with very rare exceptions) is if the player is good enough to help the team win. The day it’s treated by the media as a non-issue will be a huge step forward for all gays.

  4. “Two-thirds of the world is covered by water and the other third is covered by Fred Smoot.” – F. Smoot. One of the greatest lines ever.

  5. I don’t care about my neighbors sexual preference. I don’t want details, but if he likes clowns with light up noses in lingerie, I don’t care. As long as you don’t throw it in my face, I can pass him on the street and wave. I have trouble imagining most people don’t feel this way.

  6. He’s right but he forgot to mention the media would tell us different and there would be a new headline every few hours about it …I think Sam and Tebow are recent enough examples of nothing to report but there were endless dumb stories written to keep the wheel turning

  7. I think that more coaches and front office types care, since there is a big generational divide about gays. And I think there are bound to be a few players who are jerks about it, but less than are being jerks about other things.

    Still doesn’t make it easy for Michael Sam or for anyone who follows in his footsteps.

  8. Exactly..NFL players want to get paid, play, and win. If a guy can do that, who cares. There already are and have been gay players for years and none of the players care as long as the guy can play at a high level.

  9. its common sense. its a big deal to the media and no one else. that goes for the NFL and any other work place.

  10. I agree. If you’re gay and you’re a NFL player, more power to you. What I want to know is can you play football and help the team you play for win.

    That is all what matters in the NFL. Win games.

  11. Don’t care? You’re not allowed to not care.
    If you aren’t cheering, then you’re a hater. (That’s what my TV told me.)

  12. He’s right. Part of being accepted means being treated just like everyone else. Which is why the media hype about Sam was always so odd. If it’s not supposed to be a big deal, why the circus?

  13. hippieway says:
    Jun 30, 2015 9:33 AM
    Tolerance won’t really be tested until there is an openly gay superstar QB, then we will see how understanding people are.


    The important part of that description is “superstar QB.” Who cares who your quarterback is diddling in their own time if they’re winning football games?

  14. Sure, Fred. Ask Bobby Jindal, Antonin Scalia, Mike Huckabee, and many of the rest of the public figures of a certain political persuasion about treating gays equally. I think you’ll still find a lot of ignorant hate.

  15. “But while Smoot’s a bit of a clown, the fact he’s so matter-of-fact about gay players in the NFL should tell us something — very few teammates would care, so long as that teammate could play.”

    I don’t think players care even if the guy CAN’T play. If they are as prevalent as we’ve been told, then plenty of them were washouts, scrubs and has-beens. And nobody has made a big deal of it.

  16. Fred Smoot, another in a long line of FA busts signed by the Vikings. The fact that he was ineffective was just the first mistake, then he added on to that by organizing the Love Boat tour. But you can’t be the laughing stock of the NFL by making pedestrian mistakes, you really have to screw up big time as the Vikings have demonstrated with great consistency.

  17. Coach: “Do you like to sleep with men or women?”

    Player: “Men.”

    Coach: “How fast can you run?”

    Player: “Faster than anyone on your secondary.”

    Coach: “You’re hired. I’ll get you a locker.”

  18. kcflake says:
    Jul 1, 2015 12:14 AM
    Well Fred, some NFL fans Do Care. Just so you know.
    Why the h3ll would fans care?

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