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NFL boss: Gay players will be accepted, not just tolerated

Back in March, a month before the NBA's Jason Collins revealed he was gay, CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman wrote that some people believed the atmosphere was safe for an NFL player to come out.

Linebackers Scott Fujita and Brendon Ayanbadejo and punter Chris Kluwe have long championed gay rights, and all think NFL locker rooms could handle a gay teammate. On Thursday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell weighed in on the matter. In an interview with NFL.com's Steve Wyche, Goodell was asked, in light of the positive response to Collins coming out, if he believed a gay player would be "accepted."

"Yes. Again, I have such great respect for our players," Goodell said. "I don't think it will just be tolerated, I think it will be accepted. These are individuals who play in our league. We're all different in some fashion, and we're accepting of our differences. That's what this is all about.

"To me, if it happens in the league, that's a personal choice that someone would decide to do," the commissioner continued. "But I know their teammates and teams, and I think the fans will all respond the right way."

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