Well this is uncomfortable. Atlanta Falcons defensive back Asante Samuel was live in Bristol for an in-studio interview with Chris McKendry during the live 11am SportsCenter.
The conversation turned to Samuel’s recent comments about Jason Collins announcement to the world that he was gay. This is what Samuel had to say in an interview with Fox Sports radio:
“Straight people are not announcing they’re straight, so why does everybody have to announce their sexuality or whatever? You know, what they prefer. So that’s just how I see it, that’s my opinion on things. All respect you know, I have nothing but respect for the people whoever decisions they make and whatever, but you know, you don’t have to show it and flaunt it like that. You know what I’m saying, we have kids out here, too.”
McKendry asked for Samuel to expound on the comments, which is when things turned awkward.
McKendry: “What did you mean that ‘we have kids out here'”
Samuel: “I don’t want to teach my kids those things. I teach my kid God, you know, how God lives his life.”
Samuel continued to respond to questions on how he would react to a gay teammate. When the conversation turned to how the NFL would handle a openly gay player, Samuel said that he could help handle the situation if he was paid to do so. When pushed harder by McKendry, he delivered this gem:
“They gotta get the check first. Like that?!” [smile]
I respect his opinion, but i disagree with it. To compare coming out as straight to coming out as gay is ridiculous. There is a reason why no other male player in a major sport has let it be known they were gay while they were playing. While people being gay is more accepted nowadays people are still beaten or even killed for it.
Also to suggest that someone announcing they are gay has an effect on your children is crazy. I know he has religious beliefs, most people do, I just hope he also teaches his children to be accepting other peoples beliefs. I think that is one thing some people dont teach their kids when they teach religion to their children which could be one of many reasons of why people use violence against people who dont share the same beliefs.
While some may suggest his english stinks I applaud Asante for speaking his opinion in a reasonable, professional way
"How god lives his life.." Really Asante? Because of course you know how he lives his life.The problem is not gay players, it's ignorant, uneducated players like these who can barely read and speak past an elementary school level. Jason Collins to the contrare is well spoken and educated to say the least, we need more role models like him for all of sports.
What a well-spoken young man. I sure hope espn knew what they were getting with that choice of interviewee. Whan an idiot (Asante).
Good for him speaking his true opinions and not kowtowing to the obvious pressures by the media to either fall in line with groupthink or be villainized, like this article was trying to do to Asante. You don't have to agree with him to respect his honesty.
Hard to agree or disagree with him when it's near impossible to understand what he's trying to say. Take a 5th grade English class Asante.
He said, u faggots should keep your preference to yourselves. Stop blasting this gay rhetoric and campaigning all over tha airwaves, forcing our children to think this is a normal behavior. Sex and sports are do not go hand in hand, it has nothing to do wth wins/losses or performance, so why does tha general public have to know who he sleeps with.
Oh, believe me, I think Asante is an ignoramus, but it still takes courage to be honest and not politically correct in the media these days.
The main reason Samuel was there was to talk about the fact that he just graduated from college. I'm not joking.