January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft with girlfriend Ricki Noel Lander attend the 2013 AFC Championship against the Denver Broncos football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Kraft: Patriots would welcome gay player


On the heels of Missouri Tigers’ defensive end Michael Sam announcing that he was gay on Sunday, nearly everyone associated with anything in the sports world is being asked about their reaction.

New England Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft said the Patriots would welcome Sam or any other gay football player, as long as they can play, just like any other player.

“We’re about winning,” Kraft told Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald. “And anyone who can come in here and help us win, I personally don’t care what their ethnic background is, their racial background, the gender preference. If they can help us win, and they’re about team first, then I’m happy to have him here.”

Kraft went on to say that any player would be supported in New England.

“If a player were gay and came into this locker room, it would be the most supportive system,” he said. “He’d gain strength by being in here. And it wouldn’t be divisive and he’d make friends for life and they could help him win.”

Kraft even told reporters he thought Sam’s announcement was “good for America.”

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