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Retired NFL player concerned if gay player Michael Sam ‘pats somebody on the butt’

Retired NFL player concerned if gay player Michael Sam ‘pats somebody on the butt’

College star Michael Sam has not played in a single game in the NFL yet but retired Former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Ellis already has some concerns.

Ellis wondered aloud to ESPN Radio about Sam’s potential on-field and locker room behavior since fellow players would know that the University of Missouri grad is openly gay.

‘If he pats somebody on the butt, how is that to be received?’ Ellis said.

The former player, knowing he was stepping into controversial territory, remarked that ESPN might not have him back for what he was saying.

But he plunged ahead anyway.

‘If he said, "Come on baby?" I called guys baby all the time on the football field, but when you have taken a stand and went and go public and say that, "I am gay," how is that going to be received?’

Ellis said he had Dallas Cowboys teammates who did not want you to pat them on their butt.

‘So God forbid if you pat one of those guys on the butt it’s going to be a major problem,’ he said.

Then Ellis moved the conversation from on the field to the locker room and he said he would have been uncomfortable in the showers with an openly gay player in his presence.

‘People who’ve never been in an NFL shower room, not just locker room, it’s a open room. We don’t have private curtains. It’s just an open-form shower, so everybody sees each in the nude.’

‘Well if you’re looking at men as if you’re looking at women or vice versa, how are those guys to receive that? I don’t know. I don’t know how they will receive that.’

If it had happened to him, Ellis would not have suffered in silence.

‘I do know it would be a situation where I would go to the coach and try to work something out to say, "Obviously this is going to be a problem. What can we do? The kid can help us play, can help us win football games. We need him on the team. But this situation right here, we need to do something."’

In the end, Ellis believes Sam should have stayed in the closet and has this advice: ‘He has to be careful. He has to come in, close his mouth. It should’ve never came out. I know half the people will say, "Why not?" Because it hurts his opportunity to be welcome into a football club.’