Ex-NFL DL Raheem Brock says he probably would not shower with Michael Sam
Brock, who played in the NFL from 2002-2011 racking up 40.5 sacks, told TMZ Sports that he probably would not want to shower with Michael Sam, who on Sunday became the first high-level active football player to come out as gay.
Though Brock started off the conversation by saying in a nice manner that NFL players come from different backgrounds and that some might have a problem adjusting, he took a right turn straight into homophobiaville when he said he would not want to shower with Sam around.
“I know guys probably won’t go in the shower,” Brock said. “Guys aren’t going to go in the shower if they know a guy’s gay in there. They’re gonna feel uncomfortable. I would. If it was me, I probably would stay in my locker until he’s done getting out of the shower.”
You know what’s so funny about these comments? I bet you at some point in his football career, Brock showered with a gay person in the locker room and didn’t even know it.
Here’s the thing: I’m not going to come out and bash Brock for being homophobic. I actually believe sexual harassment can be a concern in the locker room just like bullying is a concern. But the real key is whether or not players are professional. As long as a gay player is professional around his teammates — and we have no reason to believe Sam or anyone else would not be — then there should not be any reason to worry about him checking out teammates or making passes. It’s rude, disrespectful, and foolish to presume they will be.