Les Miles Says Gay Doesn’t Matter to Team
In an interview with The Advocate, Les Miles said that a player’s sexual orientation doesn’t matter and that his team would accommodate a gay football player.
Homosexual players in football is now a hot-button issue, and Miles was asked about his thoughts on Missouri Defensive End and SEC Defensive Player of the Year Michael Sam coming out as gay.
“We require so much from our team that we really don’t look at things that make us different,” said Miles. “We look at things that make us similar…If that was a difference, I think our team would accommodate that guy who’s a really good football player and a contributor to our team.”
In a Tuesday interview, Miles stated he believed coaches would not make decisions based on a player’s sexual orientation: “I think that those preferences are sincerely the decision of the player and I think that we’re playing the best player, the toughest guy, the most capable, fastest. I don’t know that we’re making a determination based on any preference.”
Concerning Michael Sam, who will likely be the first openly gay player selected in the NFL draft, Miles wished him “the very best.”
Sam notified his Missouri teammates in August of his sexual orientation. He is projected to be a 3rd-5th round pick in the NFL draft.