Outsports.com, a gay sports community on the web, asked Rob Gronkowski at the ESPYs how’d he’d feel if one of his Patriots teammates came out as a homosexual.
At first, Gronk passed entirely on answering the question, saying he was afraid of saying the wrong thing. Eventually, though, he went back to the guy and gave an answer.
Which way do you think it went? Did the Summer of Gronk continue, or did we take a turn towards negative town? Let’s find out:
“If that’s how they are, that’s how they are,” Gronkowski said. “I mean, we’re teammates so, as long as he’s being a good teammate and being respectful and everything, that’s cool.”
I like to think that Gronk thought to himself, “You know, I shouldn’t be afraid of saying the wrong thing. I have an answer and I believe it’s the right thing to say, so screw it, I’m just going to say it.” The day after I canonized him for his willingness to be himself, I hope he just felt like continuing to be himself.
And perhaps someday, no one will have to ask this question anymore, and it will just be assumed that NFL locker rooms are like any other workplace, where acceptance and civility will be assumed to be the norm. Perhaps someday, it will only make news when an NFL player has anti-gay attitudes, because that will be the deviant behavior.
Rob Gronkowski would be just fine with a gay teammate