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New York Giants’ Terrell Thomas on Michael Sam: It’s a Sin and I Don’t Believe in It

February 12th, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Only a few short days after owners of the New York Giants came out in support of Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam for living an openly gay lifestyle, cornerback Terrell Thomas offered an opposing view.

While speaking with the New York Post, the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent said Sam's presence in an NFL locker-room is likely to change the culture and alter the brotherhood experienced at the NFL — something that will only be made worse with the media and their ever-watchful eye.

“The biggest thing is the media, hearing that a bunch of 18 and 20 year olds can accept him, why can’t a bunch of grown men in an NFL locker room?" Thomas said to the New York Post. “To be honest with you, the culture’s different. It is a brotherhood unlike no other. [And] it changes things around the locker room. How you can act, how you can talk. Unwanted attention to your organization, unwanted questions that you have to answer. It puts a lot of pressure on certain people who don’t want to be in that position."

Beyond the impact it will have on a locker-room, Thomas cites his faith as a reason he's uncomfortable with Sam's homosexuality, calling it a sin and something he doesn't believe in.

“I don’t believe in it, I don’t respect it, but if that’s what you want to do, so be it," Thomas added. “Me being a follower of Christ and a strong Christian obviously that’s a sin and I definitely don’t believe in it."

Despite personal his beliefs — whether religious or his view on the locker-room — Thomas made it clear that, ultimately, he'd have no issue with Sam as a teammate or person and that his views are simply his own and no one else's.

“I’m not saying he’s selfish by any means, I know what he did is very courageous, a lot of people wouldn’t do that, but at the same time no one really knows if the NFL is ready for it," Thomas said.

Whether or not the NFL, its owners or players are ready, Michael Sam is on his way. He may not be a first-rounder, but he's very talented nonetheless. And if the true goal of an NFL franchise is simply to win a championship by any means necessary, then someone, somewhere will welcome Sam with open arms and get to work with that — and only that — in mind.

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23 Responses to “New York Giants’ Terrell Thomas on Michael Sam: It’s a Sin and I Don’t Believe in It”

  1.  rlhjr says:

    In this day and age, it’s every bit as brave of Thomas to take a stand.
    However as I’m pretty sure he would acknowledge, the same principals that frown on homosexuality, also frown upon hate.

    Bottom line is the locker room banter is not going to change because of Sam being part of any locker room. But once Sam proves he can play the game, he’ll be accepted as part of the locker room. He’ll be part of a family and within a family all manner of things are dealt with.

    I do warn however, it’s not going to be easy. I can remember when the expectation was that women were going to be NFL kickers/punters.
    What kind of locker room would that be?

    •  kujo says:

      I think the b-word you’re looking for to describe Thomas’ stance is “bigoted.”

      • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

        Bigoted: having or revealing an obstinate belief in the superiority of one’s own opinions and a prejudiced intolerance of the opinions of others.

        IE. Showing an intolerance for the views of a Christian.

        This is a two-way street. Let’s not forget that.

        •  kujo says:

          He can believe what he wants. I’m not “intolerant” of anything. But calling someone’s inherent self “sinful” is morally no different than calling a black person a monkey.

          • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

            Well, wait…. If you believe in the theory of evolution, we’re all monkeys. Black people included.

            •  TuckThis says:

              IF TT thinks homosexuality is an inherent sin because of his strong Christian beliefs, chances are he believes in creationism….monkeys (and Darwin) be damned.

              • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

                You may want to catch back up on that evolution theory, as it was recently dispelled that we evolved from apes/monkeys as it’s long been thought. Crazy thing about scientific theories….they’re just that. Theories. Most often disproved over time. Meanwhile, lots of biblical discoveries of late.

              •  Krow says:

                In the mid-19th century we of Irish ancestery were often characterized as apes. Oookah oookah … Thomas Nast … oookah.

  2.  Krow says:

    TT’s remarks are pretty well balanced if you ask me. But as well put as they are they pale into insignificance next to “no comment”. Now that response would have been brilliant.

  3.  Dirt says:

    Less gays, more druggies and murders in our locker rooms!

  4.  skinnydoogan says:

    Bottom line if you are worried about a gay guy in the locker room or shower, you are probably gay yourself. I am perfectly secure in desiring women, so therefore, I have no issue with a gay guy being in a locker room or shower with me. I go to the gym everyday, that includes the locker room and shower, last thing I have on my mind is looking at other dudes. I am pretty sure it is the same when you are going out to battle (football in this case) I highly doubt this young fellow has his sexual desires on his mind when he is preparing to either go out to battle, or coming back from one.

    •  Shavo Davis says:

      Imagine yourself in a locker room full of half naked or naked women taking a shower. Imagine most of the women have good bodies. You are there day in and day out. Really? You look at whatever you are attracted to. It’s natural. He is attracted to men. It will be natural for him to get a little heated around the men. I think it changes the scope of the locker room and it makes it uncomfortable. We all go through life not knowing many mind frames, but to know is different.

      •  tgowen says:

        Yes, because all of his hard work and effort finally will allow him to reach his goal of doing nothing but staring at naked men in an NFL locker room. The guy was part of a MIZZOU team that nearly played for the national title when nobody thought they would (and it had about twice as many dangling dongs in it as an NFL locker room). Doesn’t sound like it really affected much.

        Anyone concerned about what he is or isn’t looking at needs a reality check and is completely unaware of what it means to be a professional at anything.

  5.  Shavo Davis says:

    It’s amazing someone shares he’s gay and he is marked a hero, but someone shares their opinion of the gay guy entering a locker room and he gets bashed. You folks are killing me. We all have a right to believe and think how we want. Sams had a right to come out the closet and others have a right not to agree with him. Most of this country is being politically correct in their responses, but I believe the individuals who speak out and not hide behind what the media thinks are the brave ones. My personal opinion is Sams is selfish. I would not draft him. He has not proved anything in the NFL and he is not super human football player. He put himself above any of his possble future teammates. Sams said he wants to be judge by his ability to play football. Really? In that case play football and not put the focus on your sexual orientation. You have did well so far being a gay guy and playing football. He wants attention. F*ck everyone else I need to comfortable. Wow.

  6.  robert g says:


    he’s a hero because he is shunned and looked down upon for living an unaccepted(by some not all) lifestyle. TT is not a hero because he shares and already accepted view (by some not all) of the general public. i agree with a poster above if TT has such a big problem with it he is probably not comfortable with his own sexuality. I dont want to hear “the bible says…” crap. the bible also says slavery is ok but i dont hear him volunteering that info. sam is not a selfish person he is just being himself as he should. everybody wants to say people who disagree with tt are attacking their christian “values”, no we are just showing we are better servants of god loving one another regardless of color or sexual orientation. if tt is trully a “christian” than he should ashamed because jesus would be the first to tell sam he loves him. for the record i believe in a higher power but i dont believe in organized religion and this instance is exactly why

    •  Shavo Davis says:

      I removed the biblical values from all thought as I do not mix the two. I responded to the previous poster also. Because TT could have a problem with Sams in the locker room does not mean he is insecure with his own sexuality. Just as those who are against homosexuality try to make homesexuals have the same mindframe as straight men, it is also rediculous when men whom are gay believe straight men are insecure with their sexuality because a straight man may not be comfortably naked in from of a man which is gay. Our society has has built a culture around turning our heads against the what is not norm and being gay is one of those hot topics. Cut TT a break. He is just telling what he believes may be the truth and the truth may possibly hurt if that all the truth is ” the truth”. He did not bash Sams he just stated his opinion. My point is both can be heroes in their own rights.
      Both could also be selfish.
      Is this about football or is this about making a statement for Gay Rights or Sam’s Rights? He wants to feel comfortable with himself. I understand. GM’s and teams will need to evaluate their team and locker room before making the decision to draft the young man. Eitherway whichever team makes the decision, I wish the guy luck.
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  7.  robert g says:


    shavo its not just gays making that conclusion. im straight and have had gay friends therefore it does not bother me. maybe he just hasnt ever met an OPENLY gay person therefore doesnt know how to react. i have no problem with somebody expressing their beliefs. what i have a problem with is when somebody expresses their belief that TT is a bigoted homophobe they are branded an oppressor or “attacking” their values. its hilarious really, they can share their bigoted misinformed view about an individual they have never met and thats okay because its their belief, but somebody shares their counter beliefs and they are attacking the bigotted view. see the hypocrisy here?

  8.  robert g says:

    “It’s amazing someone shares he’s gay and he is marked a hero, but someone shares their opinion of the gay guy entering a locker room and he gets bashed.”

    this is the comment have issue with. one guys oppressive outlook is a belief while the other calling him out on it is “bashing”. i hate this double standard outlook and it goes on way to much in mainstream media. TT basically bashes sam, but others cant bash tt because those are his beliefs??

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      T2 didn’t bash Sam at all. Said he respected the man for coming out and would welcome him to the locker-room even though he didn’t agree with his lifestyle. That’s not being intolerant.

      The anti-T2 sentiment on the other hand… That’s being intolerant.

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