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Robert Kraft: Patriots would welcome gay player

02.10.14 at 3:49 pm ET
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Robert Kraft said Monday he would welcome an openly gay player on the Patriots roster, saying it was “about winning.”

Echoing statements he made last May when he was asked about Jason Collins, the New England owner said in an interview with the Boston Herald that “if they can help us win, and they’€™re about team first, then I’€™m happy to have him here.”

“We’€™re about winning,”€ Kraft said when asked about draft prospect Michael Sam, who announced Sunday night that he is gay. “And anyone who can come in here and help us win, I personally don’€™t care what their ethnic background is, their racial background, the gender preference. If they can help us win, and they’€™re about team first, then I’€™m happy to have him here.”

Kraft said he had not spoken with coach Bill Belichick about Sam, but the coach knows where the owner stands on the issue of gay players.

“He knows that I would encourage him if [Sam] can help us win,”€ Kraft said. “€œHe and I have discussed this in the past. Anyone who can help us win.

“€œIf a player were gay and came into this locker room, it would be the most supportive system,”€ he said. “€œHe’€™d gain strength by being in here. And it wouldn’€™t be divisive and he’€™d make friends for life and they could help him win.”

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