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Miller: Certain Religious NFLers Will Not Accept A Gay Teammate

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Manti T'eo. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Manti T’eo. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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(WSCR) On Monday, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio said that NFL teams want to know whether or not Manti Te’o is gay.

Florio said: “It’s just that they want to know what they’re getting. They want to know what issues they may be dealing with down the road.”

On Tuesday, former Bears quarterback Jim Miller told The McNeil and Spiegel Show that it’s naive to think certain religious NFL players will openly accept a gay teammate.

“There are some religions that just are not going to accept a gay individual in the locker room,” Miller said. “So, now, are you as an organization gonna bring that element into your locker room and think that everything is going to be hunky dory? … Last time I checked, whether it’s Christianity or Muslims or other religions that are out there, they’re just not going to accept it. That’s just not realistic for Mike Florio or any progressive or liberal to think that everything is going to be okay.”

Miller did clarify that he has no issue with a gay athlete in the NFL.

“I couldn’t care less,” Miller said. “You can either play football or you can’t. I’m just giving you my point of view that certain factions of a locker room will not accept it.”

Miller also discussed Te’o’s less-than-desirable 40-yard dash time of 4.82 seconds, which he thinks will push the linebacker out of the first round in the upcoming draft.

“I think it’s big,” Miller said.  “I think the line of demarcation is 4.7. We can talk about game speed and all those things, but as bad as he played against Alabama that (brings up) a lot of question marks. He said, ‘Oh, I was under a lot of stress. That’s why I didn’t play well.’ Here, he’s under stress at the combine and doesn’t run a 40 time well. The last time I checked, big games are going to be stressful. How are you going to perform under stress? That’s what the game is all about.”

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