PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis is speaking out about the challenges gay football players would face if they came out while playing in the NFL.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, the former Steeler said that there were no out players on the teams he played for, but the numbers make it likely that he had gay teammates.
Bettis said, “because it’s so testosterone driven, it’d be really really difficult for a gay player to stand up and say ‘hey, I’m gay and an NFL player.’”
He also said that he would have no objection to a teammate coming out, saying that “if your play is to the caliber where you belong here, you belong here.”
Meanwhile, a recent poll done by Quinnipiac University, shows that Pennsylvanian’s are divided on same-sex marriage, with 47-percent in favor, and 43-percent opposed.
The poll show, support is 50 – 40 percent among women, while men are divided, with 44-percent in favor and 46-percent opposed.
Support is 65 – 27 percent among Democrats and 51 – 38 percent among independent voters. Republicans are opposed 67 – 23 percent.
The university surveyed 1,221 registered voters, and say the poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points.