On the day after the first openly gay North American team sports athlete (that’s a lot of qualifiers) Robbie Rogers of MLS’s L.A. Galaxy competed on the field, a much more prominent athlete has spoken out against gay marriage: running back Adrian Peterson of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings.
In an interview on Sirius/XM NFL Radio, Peterson was asked about his position on the issue of whether gays should be legally allowed to marry. He reiterated what he’s stated in the past, though never as definitively: he’s against it.
And he did a pretty poor job supporting his stance.
“To each his own,” he said. “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.”
Of course, the obvious question that arises out of these comments is how Peterson can claim to not be biased against homosexuals while simultaneously arguing that they shouldn’t be afforded the same rights as the rest of society. That’s kinda the definition of biased.
Peterson appears unlikely to face much criticism for his stance, however, because he was so careful to avoid saying that he believes homosexuality is wrong. Unlike other NFL players, like the San Francisco 49ers’ Chris Culliver, who said gay players would not be welcome in his team’s locker room (and then almost immediately apologized for his comments), Peterson’s anti-gay views seem to be contained to the issue of marriage.
Despite his position, Peterson revealed that he has a good relationship with former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, perhaps North American sports’ most outspoken advocate of gay rights.
“He was a good friend of mine and a really cool guy,” Peterson said. “[Kluwe is] probably one of the smartest guys I’ve ever been around. [He's] different.”