Terrell Thomas on Michael Sam: I don’t believe in it, I don’t respect it

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terrell thomasAnother day, another football player being critical of Michael Sam.

On Tuesday, we had Mississippi State tight end Rufus Warren saying that he looks down on gay players. A statement he later apologized for. And now, we have New York Giants DB Terrell Thomas telling the New York Post that while he would shake Sam’s hand for his courage, he would also inform Sam that he doesn’t “believe in it” and he “doesn’t respect it.”

“I don’t believe in it, I don’t respect it, but if that’s what you want to do, so be it,’’ Thomas told The Post Tuesday night, a day after Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch said if Sam is deemed worthy of selection, he will be taken by the team. “I can’t speak for the NFL or our team or the locker room, I just know what goes on and what type of situation it’s going to put a lot of guys in.’’

While some believe that Sam will see the most backlash outside of the locker room, Thomas isn’t so sure.

“I think the biggest thing is going to be in the locker room,’’ said Thomas, a cornerback and soon-to-be unrestricted free agent. “Not on the football field, not on the practice field but in the locker room where guys are walking around naked, guys are joking, the way coaches talk, the way players talk, you have to be careful what you say because you don’t want to offend anybody.

“When you look at the Miami Dolphins situation [between Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito] that happened last year nobody wants that in their locker room. That’s coming and that’s the unfortunate thing, more than anything, because now it’s about him or his beliefs and not about football.’’

Like Hines Ward, Thomas also thinks the NFL isn’t ready for a gay player.

“You have to be able to take that and when you’re dealing with somebody that is considered gay, to make any type of comment of that nature towards him or towards somebody else, you don’t know if you’re offending him,’’ Thomas said. “It changes a lot of things and I don’t know if the NFL is ready for that.’’

One of the biggest issue that isn’t being discussing is the religious component of all of this. Thomas, being a Christian, sheds light on how Sam could be viewed by other Christians in the league.

“Me being a follower of Christ and a strong Christian obviously that’s a sin and I definitely don’t believe in it,’’ he said. “I don’t care to comment on it any more. You start bringing religion and politics into football it just gets ugly.
“I’m not saying he’s selfish by any means, I know what he did is very courageous, a lot of people wouldn’t do that, but at the same time no one really knows if the NFL is ready for it.’’

We shall soon find out if the NFL is indeed ready for this.


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  1. There is no way I would be comfortable in a locker room if knew there was a homosexual in the same locker room. It’s simple women would not be comfortable with a man in their locker room as many men would not be comfortable with a woman in their locker room. That’s why we have men and ladies restrooms. Having a gay man in a mens locker room is like have a woman in a mans locker room or having a man in a womens locker room.

    • Well said!

    • How do you know there werent any gays in the same locker room as you?
      Did you poll everyone?

      Sorry dog looks like this problem is in your pea brain.

      • It doesn’t take a pea brain, just one with common sense to tell you that homosexuality is not natural, totally against nature. Furthermore a woman may not know a man is watching her, so she may be totally comfortable, but we still call the peeping Tom a pervert. Homosexuality is perverted, pure and simple, but so is adultry and pedophilia, which our society is way to comfortable with.

  2. “you have to be careful what you say because you don’t want to offend anybody.”

    Had Thomas’ grandfather entered a locker room at his age, he would have made people uncomfortable because he was black and people would have to change the way they talked around him. Wonder if that has crossed his mind.

  3. What a fool! Over 5oo species of mammals exhibit homosexual behavior and relationships. It’s not a belief, choice, or lifestyle. It’s a genetic anomaly

  4. Humans are not animals, we do not live by instinct we live by reason. Man was never meant to live and follow his base instincts or passions, no we are better than that and real men are in full control of their desires, lusts, or passions whatever you want to call them. Murder, rape, inscest, adultry, homosexual acts, and every other crime committed are the results of people who couldn’t control their desires and emotions.

    • Wow, you’re ignorant. The 1950′s called, they want your bigoted antiquated line of reasoning back. Should “real men” also suppress a desire to have an interracial relationship because it is a kin to murder and rape?

      • Talk about ignorant, you don’t even see the idiocy in your own reasoning. You are among the many willingly ingnorant who are not enough of a man to take responsibility for your actions. No, you want to blame genetics or god or anybody else. What a convenient world you’ve created for yourself, sad thing is it’s all based on lies, and feelings which are so easily manipulated.

        • The funny thing is, even IF a man has control over all of his desires and he decides he likes men over women, that is NOT a crime. The only literature that has stated that it was is the Bible, the same book that claims the Earth is 4000 years old and that there was a giant flood that miraculously wiped out an and all of evidence that it even happened. Right. Sorry, but it’s not a credible source of fact.

          There is nothing wrong with homosexuality. If you don’t agree with it, that’s fair. But if you’re going to judge people and group them in with murderers and thieves BECAUSE they’re homosexual, then you need to re-evaluate your life son.

          • Your ignorance is glaring! I am authority on the bible and it does not claim that the earth is 4000 yrs old. Not even the those of us with a creationist world view claim the earth to be 4000yrs old. As for a world wide flood, evidence is abounding, just open your eyes with some real objectivity and you will find it.

            My point about vices, whether it be murder, homosexuality, adultery, lieing, is simple, sin is sin, we mankind put one sin above another, not God. All sin separates us from God, if you are not willing to admit your sin, then there is no way you will ever be able to receive forgiveness for your sin. Jesus became sin for us and took the punishment for our sin upon himself, and forgiveness is offered as a free gift, but a gift left on the table or never received is a gift never enjoyed or benefited from. We are saved by grace, through faith. Faith is what it takes to receive the grace of God. He that comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a re-warder of those who diligently seek after Him. When we receive Him, he give us the power to rise above and resist the desires of the flesh. The flesh is where the vices reside and we are not to be controlled by our flesh and God shows a way to live apart from those sinful desires.

  5. Present some facts and I can engage with you. Stories are anecdotal. Children have no awareness of self control or desire the boy that likes to play with girls and dolls reveals that. You are a fool! We are animals your simple mind proves that…no ability to evolve or become enlightened.

  6. My reasoning is plain and unasailable, but what facts have you? That’s what I figured, just conjecture and insults based on your feelings about the subject. Feelings are misleading and so easily manipulated, anyone who lives by them is destined for the couch. The Psychiatrists couch of course, odds are you’ve already been there.

    • We’ll just have to take solace in the fact that the majority of people do not share your religious nut job beliefs and your type is going the way of the dodo birds. Suck it sneddog.

      http://blacksportsonline.com/home/2014/02/michael-sam-receives-standing-ovation-at-mizzou-bball-game-video/

      • I would disagree, you are not in the majority, but no matter because being right doesn’t require a majority opinion.

        • Being right requires you to believe a book that claims one guy could round up two of every species of animal on earth onto a boat and that a dude had a conversation with a burning bush. Funny how the “miracles” stopped around the time when they could actually be documented and recorded. Also, I hope the shirt you’re wearing isn’t made of two different fabrics or you’ve never had shellfish because as an authority on the bible, you know those are sins as well. hah. Half the stories in the bible aren’t even original. The virgin birth and resurrection stories out date it by centuries… Feel free to keep using it as an excuse to discriminate though. I’m sure that is exactly what a god would put you on earth to do. What a joke.

          • Mircales haven’ stopped and evidence of them is being found all the time, but you are unwilling to open your eyes and see them. Seriously do some objective research on evidence of many things, the great flood, the Jews in Egypt and their exodus from Egypt, the life of Jesus and the miracles he performed. And I am sure you won’t, but if you did some research you could also find the testimonies of people who have been set free from homosexuality by the grace and power of God.

        • Hard to reason logically with someone who thinks that the first woman was made from the rib of a man. Open my eyes? You have to be willfully ignorant to believe such a crazy story. Go talk to a snake and try to convert the gays. There are billions of galaxies in the universe and you have the ego to think that it was all built for us a couple thousand years ago. Literally, there are trees alive today that are older than the bible claims the earth to be…

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