February 11th, 2014
12:45 PM ET

Stallworth: If You Can't Handle Gay Player, "Your Team is Already a Loser on the Field"

On the heels of NFL prospect Michael Sam revealing he's gay, an outpouring of support has flooded social media.

Though some, like former NFL coach Herm Edwards, suggest the NFL isn't ready for a gay player.

In an ESPN interview, Edwards asked: "Can the players handle the media attention they are going to get when they get the question asked, 'Are you okay with a gay teammate?'"

Former wide receiver Donte' Stallworth took to Twitter to respond, saying: "If any NFL team can't "handle the media coverage" of drafting Sam, then your team is already a loser on the field."

Stallworth spoke to CNN's Chris Cuomo on Tuesday to back up his online comments.

"This is a new day and age," he said.  "Society is moving more towards acceptance of the LGBT community and I think that Michael Sam will have a pretty good opportunity – not only to be successful in the NFL – but guys will rally around him. And the opportunity that we have to have Michael Sam in the NFL, is to have a better understanding of what the LGBT community is all about."


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