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Washington Redskins Quarterback Robert Griffin III Says Gay Players Should Come Out

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The star quarterback for the Washington Redskins told GQ Magazine that the time is right for any gay players in the league to come out.

Robert Griffin III, who is well known as RG3, said in an interview with GQ Magazine, "I think there are [gay players] right now, and if they're looking for a window to just come out, I mean, now is the window," according to FoxSports.com

Griffin, who starred as rookie for the Redskins last season and is recovering from offseason knee surgery, added, "My view on it is, yes, I am a Christian, but to each his own. You do what you want to do. If some Christians want to look at being gay as a sin, then thinking about other women, committing adultery—or any of those other sins that are in the Bible—those are sins, too. And God looks at all of us the same way,"

NBA veteran Jason Collins was the first active player from the four major U.S. sports to come out earlier this year. The Detroit Pistons are reportedly interested in signing Collins, who is currently a free agent.

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In early April, almost a month before Collins' announcement, former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, an advocate of LGBT rights, said four NFL players were close to coming out.

"I think it will happen sooner than you think," Ayanbadejo said, in an interview with the Baltimore Sun, according to The Guardian. "We're in talks with a handful of players who are considering it. There are up to four players being talked to right now and they're trying to be organized so they can come out on the same day together. It would make a major splash and take the pressure off one guy. It would be a monumental day if a handful or a few guys come out."

Not all players appear to be on the same page as RG3 though and right before Super Bowl XLVII, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver said, "I don't do the gay guys man. I don't do that. No, we don't got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do. Can't be with that sweet stuff. Nah … can't be … in the locker room man. Nah."

The 49ers were not pleased with Culliver’s comments and he issued an apology.

Sources: FoxSports.com, The Guardian