Asante Samuel Of The Atlanta Falcons Comments On Jason Collins: ‘Gays Shouldn’t Flaunt Their Sexuality’

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Asante Samuel, cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons, had an interview with Fox Sports Radio to discuss his feelings on b coming out. Collins came out as a first openly gay athlete. The NBA player revealed his homosexuality on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

While during his interview he expressed that he meant no disrespect, Samuel seems to have an issue with the announcement. The Falcons player questions why homosexuals have to "flaunt" their sexuality.

Samuel stated, "Straight people are not announcing they're straight, so why does everybody have to announce their sexuality or whatever? You know, what they prefer...So that's just how I see it. That's my opinion on things. All respect you know, I have nothing but respect for the people whoever decisions they make and whatever, but you know, you don't have to show it and flaunt it like that. You know what I'm saying, we have kids out here, too."

It seems that Samuel believes in a world of "don't ask, don't tell." However the initial comment seemed non-offensive, his latest comments on ESPN seemed a bit more controversial. Samuel added to Chris McKendry in an interview on Sports Center, "I don't think it's something we have to express and let be known of what my sexuality preference is - just stick to sports. I don't want to teach my kids those things. I teach my kids God. You know, how God lives his life."


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