"If he's helping me win football games, I don't give a damn," Tuck said on Thursday.
The veteran noted that the reaction to a homosexual player would be far greater in the social world than it would be in the locker-room. He feels they would be widely accepted and treated no differently than any other player. They'd be expected to work hard and help their team win.
"The outside reaction to a gay player will be greater than inside the locker room," he said.
Before signing with the Chicago Bears, tight end Martellus Bennett shared similar thoughts on having a gay teammate. He also speculated that each team already has approximately one or two gay players, and no one gives a damn as long they contribute — the same expectations that are put on every single person who wears the uniform.
"There's definitely at least one or two gay guys on every team. Who cares? If someone can play ball, let em play." he tweeted at the time.
Of course, his comment came on the heels of a statement made by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver, who said "I don't do the gay guys man. I don't do that." The 49ers later apologized for his comments.
Several gay NFL players have recently considered coming out publicly, and it's expected at least one will before the close of the 2013-2014 season.
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