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ESPN survey: Eighty-six percent of NFL players OK with gay teammate

February 17, 2014
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In light of Michael Sam coming out as gay, ESPN conducted an anonymous survey of 51 NFL players, asking them four true-false questions regarding a potential teammate’s sexual orientation.

Forty-four of the 51 polled (86.3 percent) responded false when asked if a teammate’s sexual orientation mattered to them.

Trying to determine how Sam will be received by the NFL has been a focus since his announcement. SI.com’s Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans spoke with eight NFL coaches and executives about how welcome an openly gay player would be in the league and received sobering answers. “I don’t think football is ready for [an openly gay player] just yet,” one told them.

READ MORE: http://tracking.si.com/2014/02/17/espn-survey-eighty-six-percent-of-nfl-players-ok-with-gay-teammate/?eref=sihp


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