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NY Yankees manager: MLB would accept an openly gay player

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Frank Franklin II, APNew York Yankees manager Joe Girardi speaks during a news conference, at Yankee Stadium Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in New York.

Frank Franklin II, AP
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi speaks during a news conference, at Yankee Stadium Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in New York.

NEW YORK — Yankees manager Joe Girardi says Major League Baseball would accept an openly gay player.

Michael Sam, a former defensive end for Missouri’s football team, came out publicly in interviews over the weekend and could become the first openly gay player in the NFL.

Speaking Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, Girardi says “I think our world has adjusted to that.”

Girardi says he thinks players just want to win and he says “whoever the best players are in that clubhouse, get them in there.”

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  1. I Love Joe Girardi! xoxoxoxo

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 12:09am
  2. Not a surprise from New York. I might care more if it came from a state that didn’t already have marriage equality.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 12:10am
  3. Hhmm?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 12:10am
  4. In this day and age, can you imagine the public out cry if he didn’t.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 12:10am
  5. if he can deal w/ Alex the doper, he should be able to deal w/ a gay

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 12:10am
  6. I hope the same happens to my favorite baseball team Boston Red Sox

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 12:10am
  7. He’s adding good dialogue to major league’s acceptance of gay professional players. This comes at a good time after the recent sour responses from football.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 12:10am
  8. Awesome!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 12:12am
  9. I think we should just let the kid live his life. Its great that he came out, but isn’t the point to make people see being gay a normal thing? All this media attention is unnecessary and anti progressive.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 12:12am
  10. If he can play it doesn’t matter!!”!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 12:13am
  11. Funy part is..You already have! WE are everywhere!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 12:13am
  12. True that! xoxox

    Replied on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 12:33am
  13. I do believe he said "openly gay".

    Replied on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 2:32am
  14. Yes, that's the key point. Gay is one thing, open is quite another.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 2:43am
  15. we get to wow moments here. A great coach looking for the best players. I love Kent for their no tolerance of hate in their school there is just no room for it. Great Job NY Yankees & Kent.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 12:13am
  16. Wow, they would accept that, the world with come to an end soon :)

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 12:18am
  17. This is stupid! Why wouldn’t he???

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 12:19am
  18. I like the fact that these players are getting attention, the problem is they are getting the wrong sort of attention. The media is making this a big deal for the WRONG reasons. We should be celebrating these players for coming out, especially such prospective and highly sought after players. We should be accepting the fact that they are gay and rising them up as rolemodels for the other players or youth to have the assurance that they can be gay and sports players. It opens up more baseball, football, etc players to come out and be proud to be gay.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 12:19am
  19. People and institutions coming out to say things like this is what gives people hope. I’m sure a welcoming statement like this means the world to any gay kid who loves baseball. It’s something that IS worth saying, and anyone whose attitude is “this doesn’t even need to be said” obviously doesn’t understand how repressed so many in the lgbt community still are. This still needs to be talked about… until lgbt people from every walk of life can see that they are accepted.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 12:26am
  20. Common sense!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 12:28am
  21. player or players? There is always more then one person.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 12:30am
  22. Why shouldnt he. He is hired for his talent not his sexuality

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 12:42am
  23. Obvious cry for publicity

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 12:44am
  24. Well I should hope so.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 12:48am
  25. Chad Baker you said it i was thinking it!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 1:04am
  26. Why the FUCK again in 2014 is this a news worthy topic??? No fucking Wars to Start Obama

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 1:05am
  27. He is sexy

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 1:06am
  28. P.s I predict another War on Another Country ….( OBAMA and his endorsments) they need diversion and fear to run “Merica” People suck!!!!!!!!!!! I am for eternal a PERSON lover fuck .

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 1:09am
  29. Of course he would…. why are people pretending they have a choice?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 1:10am
  30. cool

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 1:13am
  31. A civilized world will always accept gay, bi or players with non straight sexualities.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 1:15am
  32. Woo hoo!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 1:15am
  33. Thanks Yankees! !

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 1:20am
  34. Shouldn’t it be about how well the person plays? Not who they fall in love with?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 1:21am
  35. And he says that like there’s never been a gay player. You may not have known about it, but I guarantee there have been gay players in the MLB and the NFL and every other sport!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 1:24am
  36. this is awesome news to the world of professional sports

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 1:25am
  37. Why not?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 1:29am
  38. They’d have to.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 1:55am
  39. love my favorite team

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 2:00am
  40. Of course though the pitcher and catcher jokes will be off the scale, and we might see a marked decrease (or maybe increase) in butt patting.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 2:00am
  41. Sounds like progress! :)

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 2:16am
  42. Why Not?? Even if he is gay as long as he is a GREAT PLAYER HE IS IN…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 3:21am
  43. progress

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 3:41am
  44. about time, God knows there are probably some already in the time,

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 3:46am
  45. YEAH NEW YORK!!!! My hometown…I am so proud of you!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 4:10am
  46. Wow. I still hate the Yankees, but I’ve got to say, you’ve got huevos! But,,, I’m not sure that there would be more than one or two other teams that feel that way. Ok maybe three or four, but no more.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 4:23am
  47. and why wouldn’t they?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 4:33am
  48. they haven’t yet.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 5:45am
  49. Good on him

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:06am
  50. Should be no question!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:10am
  51. So they fucking should!! It shouldn’t even be something to have to decide upon. FFS!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:52am
  52. Really, did he have to say that??? I mean does being gay make you any less of a baseball player???

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:20am
  53. He’d accept? WTF kind of shit is this? How very fucking grand of him.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 10:03am
  54. Finally the associations are coming on board and realizing being gay has no bearing on how well a player is on the field.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 10:20am
  55. Hell YES!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 10:22am
  56. As it should be. :)

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 11:04am
  57. he doesn’t have a choice anyway!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 1:19pm
  58. What does it matter? Mighty big of him to be so “accepting”……

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 2:09pm
  59. Well, that’s big of him :P

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 3:25pm
  60. it’s about time they admitted they don’t care about Gay Players , Now watch how many open closet door’s appear .

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 3:35pm