On Friday, LSU’ student newspaper, The Daily Reveille, posted a roughly three-minute audio clip of an interview between reporter Mike Gegenheimer and Tigers running back Alfred Blue about his thoughts on potentially having a gay teammate. A comment from Blue roundly drew criticism for insensitivity. Below is the full transcript of the conversation.
Q: There’s been a lot of reports in the national media of a player, or multiple players possibly coming out as gay. What do you think the national reaction to that would be?
A: Are you talking about the draft next year?
Q: No, coming out as gay.
A: What? I didn’t know nothing about that. There’s no gay players on this team?
Q: If someone were to come out as gay, what do you think the reaction would be? Hypothetically?
A: It would be a shock to everybody. Some people would dishonor it, and be like, ‘Man, you shouldn’t be like that.’ But everybody will accept it and move on.
Q: Do you think there are any gay players in major college football?
A: Oh, I don’t know. I mean, all I know is my teammates. I don’t really know about any other teams and their teammates. But as far as this team, ain’t nobody gay.
Q: Do you think the nature of football makes it more difficult for something like that to come out? You know, someone might be a litle hesitant to do that?
A: I mean, yeah. Football is supposed to be this violent sport — this aggressive sport — that grown men are supposed to play,” Blue said. “Ain’t no little boys out here between them lines. So, if you gay, we look at you as a sissy. How you going to say to say you can do what we do and want a man?” But like I said, it probably is hard for someone to come out knowing all that goes through somebody’s mind.”
Q: How do you think this specific LSU locker room would react to someone coming out? You said you ‘d be shocked, but do you think they would come to accept them?
A: I think we would come to accept them, and sit down as a team and probably discuss it if it became an issue, if someone wa sjust harrasing the person that came out. I’m pretty sure coach Miles would sit the team down and talk about the situation and explain to us, even though that’s how he wants to be, it doesn’t change how he contributes to this team.
Q: How would you feel lining up next to someone or against someone on the other team that you knew was openly gay?
A: It wouldn’t affect me none. As long as they doing their job contributing to help us win a national championship, you can be what you want to be.”
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