The 2012 NFL MVP made national headlines last week after announcing that he was "not with" gay marriage. And on Monday, the former University of Oklahoma phenom told The Oklahomanthat he wouldn’t mind having a gay teammate … but the shower situation could make him “uncomfortable”
Peterson said an openly homosexual teammate “really wouldn’t bother me that much” … [but] did admit, though, that some aspects of it might make him uncomfortable.
"Simple things, as far as showers and things like that, you know, of course, anyone would be uncomfortable," Peterson said Monday. "But you know, I’m a grown man. There’s things that I can deal with. I’m comfortable in my skin. I’ll still high-five them. Pat them on the butt when he’s doing good, and go on about my business.”
Baby steps, bro …
"To each his own [but] I’m not with it. I have relatives that are gay. I’m not biased towards them. I still treat them the same. I love them. But again, I’m not with that. That’s not something I believe in. But to each his own."
"I have friends that are gay. I’ve worked in theater, I’ve been in art. We work shoulder to shoulder. There’s a lot of love from me to them, too. That’s life. And if you’ve got a hangup about it, I hope you can get over it because it’s real."
Adrian Peterson’s original remarks on marriage were asked in the context on Minnesota’s new equal marriage law. On May 13, Minesota joined Delaware and Rhode Island to become the third state to approve marriage equality within two weeks. Minnesota and Rhode Island’s laws become effective August 1. Twelve states and the District of Columbia will now allow same-sex marriage.