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Thomas Roberts: If NFL Can Embrace ‘Alleged Murderers,’ They Can Handle ‘Nice Clean-Cut Gay Guy’

Over the weekend, University of Missouri lineman Michael Sam came out, stirring up the debate about the NFL’s treatment of gay people. On Morning Joe Monday, Thomas Roberts put things in perspective by saying the NFL has already overlooked people accused of murder and beating their wives, so what’s one “nice, clean-cut gay guy” going to hurt?

For Joe Scarborough, the whole issue doesn’t matter, because when it comes right down to it, football is about winning and finding the right guys for the job. He cried “they would take an avowed communist” if it would help them. Roberts said, on the other hand, gay football players definitely look good in comparison to some of the other people the NFL’s embraced.

“The league can overlook alleged murderers, wife beaters, and people that don’t pay child support. I don’t think that letting a nice, clean-cut gay guy is going to hurt anybody.”

Also on that list: people who served jail time for dogfighting.

For its part, the NFL put out a laudatory statement, but there are still questions about gay tolerance in the league.

Watch the video below, via MSNBC:

[h/t TVNewser]

[photo via screengrab]

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