New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas is the latest NFL player to admit he would not be comfortable with an openly gay teammate. For starters, Thomas believes the “unwanted attention” Michael Sam would bring could cause tension for teams.
“The attention on him is going to bring attention to the team — unwanted attention, questions that the players, the coaches, the whole organization is going to have to answer — and that’s a lot for one player to carry by himself,” Thomas told ESPN.com’s Dan Graziano in a phone interview Tuesday night.
Personally, I think the “distraction” angle has been overblown. As Donte’ Stallworth explained in his well-reasoned take on the Sam situation, NFL teams have to deal with a number of distractions during the season — most of which they have no time to prepare for. If the organization that drafts Sam makes his sexual preference a non-issue and a subject that won’t be discussed from day one, the media will eventually give up.
Thomas then raised the locker room and shower situation concern.