Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon says he'd be OK with sharing the locker room with gay NFL prospect Michael Sam. He should know; the pair already did it in college.
Top brass at the Falcons have said all the right things since Sam, a standout at Missouri, came out in February. Weatherspoon, a senior at Missouri in 2009 when Sam was a redshirt freshman, sounded off this week. His take? Sam's teammates already knew, according to ESPN.
“I was happy Mike was able to come out and be himself,” Weatherspoon said Monday, his first public comments about his former college teammate. “I think the thing right now is that he would rather focus on football. But it's kind of tough, with everybody just wanting to talk about the potential of a gay player being in the locker room. To me, it's not a problem. I've already been in the locker room with Michael. Guys didn't talk about it, but we all kind of knew.”
Weatherspoon says Sam's challenge is now proving that he's ready to step into the NFL. On the field, that is.
“For right now, my advice to Mike is just to make sure you stay in shape because at the end of the day, it doesn't matter who you date,” Weatherspoon said. “It's all about what you do on Sundays. That's going to determine how long you play here. The main thing is football.
“We are in a time where the locker room has not matured yet. But Mike, he's a guy with a great sense of humor. I think after a while, it won't be a big deal at all. Hopefully it's not going to be a big deal to the team he goes to.”