CNN “Crossfire” host Newt Gingrich says that giving sensitivity training to NFL players who made anti-gay statements about Michael Sam’s draft day kiss is “repression” and that the LGBT community should learn to be open to homophobia.
Dolphins safety Don Jones was fined and suspended for making anti-gay remarks on Twitter last weekend, when ESPN broadcast Sam celebrating by kissing his boyfriend.
“Nobody would have said anything if Michael Sam would’ve turned and kissed a beautiful young lady – it would have been something we’ve seen all the time,” said former NFL player Jamal Anderson. “He’s a gay American. This is in fact how he chose to celebrate. Yes, it surprised a lot of people, it was the first time a lot of people may have seen that. But it was about inclusiveness.”
“Let me ask specifically,” Gingrich interrupted, “I think you guys, you guys talk about how you want to be inclusive, except of course if somebody tweets this.”
“That’s repression. That’s not inclusive,” Gingrich said.
“Is it repression to try to teach them to be understanding and open to other people?” Anderson argued. “Especially when you’re talking about people they’ve not be exposed to?”
“Shouldn’t you also be teaching people who are gay to be open and understanding to people who think [the kiss was inappropriate],” Gingrich said.
Gingrich also supported retired NFL player Derrick Ward who tweeted anti-gay remarks about the Sam kiss and says he's received death threats over it.