Five time Pro Bowl star Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota has offered his opinion on the controversial subject of gay marriage.
When speaking to Amani Toomer and Bruce Murray on SiriusXM Radio, the star running back stated that he is “not with it” when it comes to same-gender marriages.
Citing his personal beliefs as the reason, Peterson was also unequivocal that he bears no grudge against gay people.
To each his own. I’m not with it. But I have relatives that are gay. I’m not biased towards them. I still treat them the same. I love ‘em. But again, I’m not with that. That’s not something I believe in. But to each his own.
He further explained that he has gay people in his family and he loves them and treats them equally.
However, when it comes to gay marriage it is something he just does not believe in. Peterson’s comments are the polar opposite of his former teammate Chris Kluwe, who was recently traded to the Oakland Raiders.
Kluwe is supportive of gay marriage and is quite vocal in his advocacy of what is now termed “marriage equality”. Politics aside, Kluwe and Peterson are good friends and got along well despite a difference of opinion on a hot-button social issue.
“It hurt me to see him leave,” Peterson said. “He was a good friend of mine and a really cool guy – probably one of the smartest guys I’ve ever been around…I’m sure the Vikings organization didn’t release him based on that. They know Kluwe. They’ve been knowing him for a long time. They know he’s outspoken.”
Peterson made his remarks during an interview on the Sirius/XM radio network. Peterson has made it to the Pro Bowl each year of his career and reached a milestone of 5,000 yards rushed in 51 games. Last season, he rushed for over 2,000 yards bringing his career total of yards rushed to over 8,000.
Why Gay Athletes don’t come out
Unlike the military, sports teams are not bureaucratic enterprises where attitudes can be changed by orders from above. Instead, they will have to change the way broader society did: through gay people making themselves known to be existing, nonthreatening and valuable.
Coaches, administration and straight athletes need to create an environment more conducive to coming out
A 2006 Sports Illustrated survey asked pro basketball, football and hockey players whether they would “welcome an openly gay teammate?” Over half the athletes polled from the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Football League (NFL) and National Hockey League (NHL) said yes.
For now, the pressures on athletes to remain in the closet are still extreme.
Adrian Peterson On Gay Marriage: ‘I’m Not With That’