After previously stating same-sex marriage wasn't something that he believed in and that he's "not with that," Minnesota Vikings player, Adrian Peterson is now saying that having an openly gay teammate "really wouldn't bother me that much."
Still he notes, that having a gay teammate might make things a little "uncomfortable," telling The Oklahoman:
"Simple things, as far as showers and things like that, you know, of course, anyone would be uncomfortable. But you know, I'm a grown man. There's things that I can deal with. I'm comfortable in my skin. I'll still high-five them. Pat them on the butt when he's doing good, and go on about my business.”
Peterson tells The Oklahoman that he was surprised by the backlash that he received for his initial comments, though he never felt pressure to apologize:
“Like I said when I made the statement, ‘To each his own,' We have homosexuals who choose to live their life the way they do. You know what? To me, that's fine. You can do that. If you want people to respect that, then just respect my view.
“I'm not persecuting anyone or pointing a finger ... I got asked a question and I voiced my personal opinion, which, as a citizen, I'm free to do that. But, of course, when you've got the platform that I've got, you're gonna get a lot of different reactions and comments from it. I'm able to weather that and just deal with it.”
Let's acknowledge what's important, Instincters. He's still willing to pat a gay player on the butt when they do a good job. What more can we ask for?!
In all seriousness, what do you think of Peterson's position?