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Bruce Smith: 90s Bills Had Multiple Gay Players, And It Didn’t Matter Then Either

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After Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib came out as gay, NFL Hall of Famer Bruce Smith wanted to make sure the NFL community knows: gay football players are nothing new. Based on his comments, it appears that such players have never been a problem.

“We had gay players in our locker room,” Smith said to TMZ. “I think it was the mid to late 90s and I think we might have had two, but that wasn’t what we were focused on.”

And rightfully so. Why on earth would players give a rip if their teammate sleeps with men or women? Sexual orientation is literally irrelevant to the task at hand, and that’s clearly how Bruce Smith thinks. The fact that we’re just hearing about this story now goes to show his teammates felt the same way.

“We were focused on winning games and each and every person that was in that locker room contributing to the goal at hand, which was winning football games. None of that other stuff mattered. This was about winning football games and trying to be a good person.”

He did encourage Nassib, though:

“Obviously, we like to see the inclusion part,” Smith continued. “We like to see folks understand that the world is changing, and you have to embrace those that may be a little bit different and it’s okay.”

Smith went on to explain that, ultimately, sexuality isn’t important, but character is.

“Judge me by my character and judge me by the way I treat people. If we show a little bit more love and compassion in the world, this will be a much better place.”

Overall, Bruce Smith is on the money. The world is changing and we have to come to grips with that. Having said that, is identifying the sexual orientation of players on NFL rosters important to changing the culture in NFL locker rooms? Who said gay NFL players have been mistreated by teammates? Athletes like LeBron James claim “locker room talk” and overall toxicity doesn’t exist, so why are we suddenly pretending that culture is toxic towards gay players? Seems to me that any player can pretend he isn’t welcome and force the NFL and its players to coddle him.

It seems that these type of stories will never end. We’re glad Nassib feels confident in his own skin. However, it’s still annoying we have to have this discussion. It’s simply irrelevant information that doesn’t affect winning or losing in any type of way. And winning and losing is all we care about.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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  1. This stuff only matters to “activists” who’s goal has deviated from winning games to social change. Thus, making themselves disconnected with the rest of the team.

    The vast majority of players, coaches and fans only care about the game on the field.

  2. My father was a WWII vet. I was sitting with him one day back when gays in the military was the big issue. He turned to me and said, “Do you know what I think about gays in the military?”. I thought, oh no, this isn’t going to be good. He said ” They’ve always been there and no one cared, so what’s the big fucking deal?”. Never was a problem.

  3. I don’t think how homosexuality was viewed in the 1990’s was nearly as “libertine” as the country is about it today. This country’s morals have changed a lot folks, and all that thanks to academia’s constant push towards moral relativism. Now those students are grown and here we are. It wasn’t always like this. Let’s be honest. If those players would have “come out” back then, oh yeah, it would have become a distraction all right…a GIGANTIC distraction. They didn’t say a peep and that’s the only reason why it wasn’t an issue. Let’s be clear.

  4. Exactly. Nobody cares if you are L G B or Q. Just don’t let your sexuality define you, mind your own business and treat others with respect. The problem is not with the individual but with the LGBTQ political movement that is trying to indoctrinate our impressionable youth and normalize this as part of mainstream culture. The mores of this movement are destructive to moral Western culture and are damaging to the individual. And moral opposition to the same is not bigotry, never mind the problems these lifestyles cause with individual mental and physical health.

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