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Rob Gronkowski: I’d be accepting of a gay teammate

03.28.13 at 8:13 pm ET
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Asked Thursday about the possibility of an NFL player coming out and whether or not he’d be accepted by his teammates and fans, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski echoed his statements from last July, saying that “if he’s being a great teammate and he’s a guy on the field doing a great job, then you have nothing to complain about.”

“I got this question before, about a year ago, and I basically said the same answer that I did a year ago,” said Gronkowski during an interview with ESPN NewYork. “You have to accept the player. Everyone has their own ways to live their life and as long as he’s respecting me, keeping distance, respecting myself then I will respect him back. If he’s being a great teammate and he’s a guy on the field doing a great job then you have nothing to complain about. He’s another teammate and another friend.”

Gronkowski was asked if he had confidence that other players in the NFL would feel the same way.

“I’m not really sure. I never went around asking players on my team or in the NFL, ‘Hey, what would you think if someone on our team is gay? How would you take it?’ I never thought of that and never asked anyone that and never tried to find out if there is one on the team. If someone is on my team and they are a great teammate and a great player on the field, helping the team win, that’s all you can ask for.”

Click here for the transcript of the interview.

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