Peterson says having gay teammate wouldn't bother him
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said he would be accepting of a gay teammate.
By BRIAN HALLFS North
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. —Minnesota Vikings running back
Adrian Peterson is the reigning NFL MVP, so when he was asked last week about homosexual rights, his response was notable.
Now that he’s addressed the topic once, others are now asking him about the topic.
Peterson, in an interview with Sirius XM radio last week, said he did not believe in homosexuality, but that he held no bias toward gay individuals.
At an appearance in Tulsa, Okla., this week, Peterson was asked what he would think of a gay teammate. Again, Peterson didn’t avoid the question, but his answer wasn't controversial either.
"Really wouldn’t bother me that much," Peterson said, according to the Oklahoman newspaper, while in Tulsa to accept a 2013 Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Award.
Peterson, who attended Oklahoma University, was named the league’s MVP last season after rushing for 2,097 yards, the second-highest, single-season total in NFL history.
While he would be accepting of a gay teammate, Peterson did add there might be uncomfortable moments in the locker room.
"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."
The Vikings are used to having a player speak his mind, as former punter Chris Kluwe was well-known for making public stances on issues.
Kluwe, now with the Oakland Raiders, was particularly in support of equal rights and gay marriage, helping gain attention for the issues in Minnesota. Last month, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill into law making same-sex marriage legal.
Kluwe’s departure, with some believing the Vikings chose to draft his eventual replacement because of Kluwe’s outspoken nature, was the reason Peterson was first asked about gay rights when he appeared on Sirius XM radio last week.
"I'm not with it," Peterson said in the radio interview. "I have relatives who are gay. I'm not biased towards them. I still treat them the same. I love 'em. But again, I'm not with that. That's not something I believe in. But to each his own."