The reaction to Missouri defensive end, Michael Sam's coming out continued today, with his former teammate James Franklin explaining his position.
And Franklin, the team's starting quarterback for the past three seasons, stopped short of offering outright support for Sam:
"I don't drink. I don't curse. I don't support (homosexuality) - but it doesn't mean I don't accept Michael," NFL.com reports.
Franklin, who performed the role of team captain for Missouri last season, was amongst the first people to know of Sam's sexuality after the player told his teammates as early as last August.
But while it seems that the team were completely accepting of the SEC defensive player of the year, Franklin was keen to highlight the difference between acceptance and full blown support when speaking to the media recently:
"I wouldn't say supportive, but accepting.
"A lot of people confuse supporting and accepting...Michael respected us. He didn't make us feel uncomfortable in the locker room."
While others in the world of professional sport have come out in full support for the likely NFL draftee, it is surprising that the player made a point of defining his position so specifically.
But he ended the interview reaffirming the fact that Sam's sexuality does not effect Franklin's personal relationship with the player:
"He can be whoever he wants to be.
"I'll be there for him no matter what," explained Franklin.
With Sam expected to be taken in the upcoming NFL Draft, Franklin himself is hoping to earn a contract in the pros but missed out on being invited to the NFL Combine which begins next Wednesday.
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