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There’s no better time for a gay football player to come out of the closet than right now, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III told GQ Magazine. The answer was part of the magazine’s profile of the second-year quarterback who won the offensive Rookie of the Year award last season and is currently recovering from a knee injury. Griffin is notably religious, but his beliefs as a Christian wouldn’t prevent him from accepting gay players in the league.
“I think there are [gay players] right now, and if they’re looking for a window to just come out, I mean, now is the window,” Griffin said, according to Fox Sports. “My view on it is, yes, I am a Christian, but to each his own. You do what you want to do. If some Christians want to look at being gay as a sin, then thinking about other women, committing adultery—or any of those other sins that are in the Bible—those are sins, too. And God looks at all of us the same way.”
LGBT rights advocates may not view that as a perfect statement of support, but given the reality that some Christians, as Griffin acknowledged, view homosexuality as a sin, he provides a way to balance one’s faith while also acknowledging that gay players deserve to live and play openly.
The NBA’s Jason Collins, a Christian himself, and Major League Soccer’s Robbie Rogers came out as gay earlier this year, breaking a barrier in major American team sports. There still isn’t an openly gay player in the NFL, though there were rumors early in the offseason that one player was considering coming out before the 2013 season began. The NFL strengthened its non-discrimination policies during the offseason in an attempt to make its locker rooms more conducive to openly gay athletes, and RGIII is yet another indication that NFL players and locker rooms are ready to be accepting of players, even if that requires s The big worry from one player who considered coming out, though, wasn’t his fellow players, but how he’d be treated by fans.