Deion Sanders’ gay support for NFL players isn’t anything new, because he met several of them in the NFL. Sanders is showing support for Michael Sam, the Missouri defensive end who revealed earlier this month that he is gay.
Sam is projected to be drafted by an NFL team in May, which would make him the first openly gay player in the league.
“I don’t condone or condemn, but I’m going to love him,” Sanders said of the gay player on The Arsenio Hall Show. “He’s not the first gay guy in the NFL. He’s the first one to come out. Let’s get that straight.”
Sanders, a Pro Football Hall of Famer who was with the Cowboys from 1995-1999, said every team he played for had a gay player on the roster.
“We always knew,” he said. There were gay players in every locker room, according to Sanders. “But he was cool. That was our boy. We had to look out for him.”
Sanders, an eight-time Pro Bowl cornerback, also spent five seasons with Atlanta, one with San Francisco, one with Washington and his final two with Baltimore.