Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander ‘wouldn’t mind’ having gay teammate

But says 'walking around nude, or whatever' in locker room could be tricky for some

Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander ‘wouldn’t mind’ having gay teammate
07 March 2013

Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander can’t think of any reason why one of his teammates couldn’t come as gay.

But, he thinks it could get a little tricky in the locker room for some players.

‘I think it’s a tricky subject because you start getting into locker rooms and walking around nude, or whatever. And I think thatwould be more of a tricky subject than anything,’ he tells CNN.

No Major League Baseball player has ever come out as gay during their playing careers.

Verlander says he is ‘sure’ there are gay players in the league right now. If one of them were a member of the Tigers, he thinks they would be safe in coming out if they chose to.

‘I don’t see why not,’ he says. ‘Given the right situation, and a team that’s a family atmosphere, and I feel like we have that atmosphere here. I don’t think one of our players would be scared to come out. We got 25 guys, it’s a family, and our goal is to win a World Series. What your sexual orientation is, I don’t see how that affects the ultimate goal of our family.’

‘I don’t think that plays any effect on what we’re trying to do as a team, so I don’t see why that would matter,’ he adds. ‘I wouldn’t mind it.’

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