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Terrell Thomas on Michael Sam's coming out: "It's a sin"

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The fallout from Michael Sam's announcement that he is gay continues to rumble on - with  New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas the latest to offer his thoughts on the issue.

Sam will become the first homosexual professional athlete in NFL history if he is, as expected, picked up in the 2014 draft in May.

There's been plenty of players coming out in support of Sam after his announcement, although some have aired their concerns about having a gay player in the locker room. 

Thomas says that as a practising Christian he believes homosexuality is 'a sin' - but refused to get dragged into the debate any further.

"Me, being a follower of Christ and a strong Christian, obviously that's a sin, and I definitely don't believe in it," he told the New York Post.

"I don't care to comment on it any more. You start bringing religion and politics into football it just gets ugly. 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."

Terrell's comments are likely to provoke a response amongst Sam's supporters.

Earlier today New York Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson came out in defence of his former roommate at the University of Missouri.

He said that only an 'immature' locker room wouldn't be able to deal with having a gay player amongst their ranks - and also vouched for his friend's character.

"I am (proud)," Richardson told SportsNet New York on Tuesday night.

"He had his best season when he came out to the team. I'm actually happy for him and it worked out for him, it didn't go the opposite way. I know he was scared and he was nervous, and being himself and him getting that monkey off his back was well worth it, because he had his best season of football at Missouri."

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