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Nick Saban would recruit openly gay player to Alabama

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Would Alabama ever recruit a gay football player? If Nick Saban is the head coach, the answer is yes.

The question has been a popular one this offseason, especially in light of the recent NFL Draft seeing Missouri defensive end Michael Sam make some history by becoming the first openly gay football player to be drafted by an NFL franchise. The St. Louis Rams selected the 2013 SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the seventh round. Sam’s momentous day continues to be opening doors for discussions regarding other openly gay athletes in various sports, college football included.

Asked about whether or not he would recruit an openly gay football player at the SEC spring meetings in Destin, Florida on Tuesday, Saban confirmed he would not hesitate to do so, with a very Saban-esque response.

The response is everything you would hope to hear from a football coach. Saban is saying he would not be opposed to recruiting a gay football player as long as a comfortable environment can be created that works for everyone in the program. Though the quote may come off needing a little more polish, the sentiment is one that would apply to any football recruit. In recruiting, everybody needs to feel comfortable with each other, between coaching staff, players and family.

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32 Responses to “Nick Saban would recruit openly gay player to Alabama”
  1. thehakko936 says: May 28, 2014 11:10 AM

    I am going to guess the “folks like that” comment is going to get him a certain amount of heat.

  2. dhardy8207 says: May 28, 2014 11:20 AM

    OMG… Even though the man is saying he would not hesitate to recruit an openly gay player, the GLBC will go nuts over the wording of that comment…

  3. mikefoxtrottango says: May 28, 2014 11:21 AM

    Honestly, who gives a sh*t?

  4. cfballfan1 says: May 28, 2014 11:32 AM

    If some people like that have a problem with being described as such, they should shut the hell up, get over it, and focus on the positive message.

  5. bonerchamp says: May 28, 2014 11:50 AM

    Why not? Bruno seemed like he was welcomed with open arms.

  6. guinsrule says: May 28, 2014 12:04 PM

    What else could Saban SAY?

  7. spunhead73 says: May 28, 2014 12:09 PM

    The NFL is already messed up by having a gay player in the league,please don’t mess up College Football.

  8. tigers182 says: May 28, 2014 12:30 PM

    Did we really expect Saban to answer “no, we will not recruit an openly gay player”? You can ask every coach in D1 football and you’ll get the same scheduled answer.

  9. dmvtransplant says: May 28, 2014 12:33 PM

    The head coach at UCLA already said he was fine with it almost a year ago, but I guess everytime Saban opens his mouth this site is determined to write an article?

  10. Straight Cash Homie says: May 28, 2014 12:34 PM

    Only if he was 5 stars.

  11. Professor Fate says: May 28, 2014 12:38 PM

    And then he would transfer.

  12. classyjacklambert says: May 28, 2014 1:03 PM

    How exactly is the NFL “messed up” from having a gay player Spunhead? And if you think Michael Sam is the first gay player in the NFL, you are beyond dumb. If anything, the NFL is messed up due to poor administration by the commissioner, overcomplification of the rule book, and a desire by the owners to water down the product to squeeze every penny out of the fans.

  13. jpiro says: May 28, 2014 1:24 PM

  14. cyraider says: May 28, 2014 1:37 PM

    He totally would! I mean he’d pay him less, but he’d still try to get him….

  15. spunhead73 says: May 28, 2014 1:38 PM

    The NFL is messed up because they allowed Sam in,and if he gets cut,all the gay supporters will say it was because he’s gay. Real men play football,and believe me,he’s no man. He needs help for being gay. Disgusting.

  16. drummerhoff says: May 28, 2014 2:10 PM

    Does spunhead live in America or the MiddleEast?

  17. thraiderskin says: May 28, 2014 2:22 PM

    Damn spunhead…. you have every right to think anyway you want, but that is some shame full thinking. I don’t have to agree with you, but I do have to EXCEPT it, because you’re not the only one who CHOOSES to think that way.

  18. pawloosa says: May 28, 2014 2:26 PM

    Again… This is news?? Who cares!!.. A persons sexual orientation is irrelevant!

  19. wolfman55h says: May 28, 2014 3:26 PM

    I thought everybody in Bama was homo

  20. goodellisruiningtheleague says: May 28, 2014 3:35 PM

    why does sexuality have to come into it

  21. crindal3000 says: May 28, 2014 3:52 PM


    you probably needed help passing 5th grade math when you were in 9th grade

  22. spunhead73 says: May 28, 2014 4:59 PM

    @crindal- You need to learn how to use Capital letters when starting a sentence,before you try and make a dumb comment. Good luck loser.

  23. classyjacklambert says: May 28, 2014 5:11 PM

    I think most people on this thread wish Spunhead’s father had been gay at this point.

  24. spunhead73 says: May 28, 2014 5:31 PM

    @classy- Just because you’re gay,doesn’t mean everybody else wants to be like you.

  25. crindal3000 says: May 28, 2014 5:44 PM


    blogs are inherently informal, no capital letters are needed. punctuation isn’t that important either, lucky for you and your last post.

  26. spunhead73 says: May 28, 2014 6:13 PM

    @crindal- Trying to cover up your lack of education,doesn’t make your comments right. Punctuation is important in everyday life.

  27. classyjacklambert says: May 28, 2014 6:14 PM

    I’m not gay. I just have no problem with gay people. There’s a pretty big difference but it’s easy to see why you’re confused.

  28. florida727 says: May 29, 2014 7:20 AM

    Seriously, is there a coach in America that would answer that question by saying ‘no’? It’s political correctness suicide to answer it any other way. Would he ACTUALLY recruit one? Doubt it. Different in the NFL. They’re grown men. They can deal with it. Young kids with a college-age mentality and maturity level? Not so much. No coach wants that kind of distraction, regardless of how they answer the question in a media session. Kudos to Missouri for being able to handle it. Few colleges could IMO.

  29. planecrashguy says: May 29, 2014 2:09 PM

    What would the legal consequences be for a coach who said he’d not recruit gay players? Wouldn’t that violate at least federal law?

  30. osage44 says: May 30, 2014 2:30 PM

    Don’t hold your breath.

  31. buzzfan says: Jun 1, 2014 9:30 AM

    @spunhead73 – “Trying to cover up your lack of education,doesn’t make your comments right.”

    The comma in the above sentence is superfluous.

  32. beanocook says: Jun 1, 2014 2:26 PM

    New York has never had an openly gay governor…bigots

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