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Ex-Phillie Michael Young: 'I guarantee you I've had a gay teammate'

The Phillies´ Michael Young is congratulated by teammates. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
The Phillies' Michael Young is congratulated by teammates. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Former Phillies third baseman Michael Young, who recently retired after 14 seasons in MLB, told ESPN 103.3 FM in Dallas that although he never suspected a teammate was gay, he is certain that he's had a gay teammate.

This is what the seven-time All-Star said when the topic of playing with a gay teammate came during a discussion about Missouri All-American Michael Sam coming out as gay:

No, I haven't, but I guarantee you I've had a gay teammate. This may be the first openly gay player in the NFL, but clearly we know there have been tons in every sport -- male, female, there have been tons in every sport.

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  • We just don't know about them or who they are. They're out there right now. They're out there in the NBA, in the NHL, in the big leagues and in the NFL. Hopefully players are just comfortable being themselves.

    If a college program can pull it off, you'd like to think a bunch of paid professionals can do the same. For me, it comes down to, 'Can this guy help us win? Is he a winning piece? Can he execute on the field and be a good teammate in the locker room?' I'd like to think it wouldn't be an issue at all, and all the teams I played on, I know it definitely wouldn't have been an issue.

    It would've come down to, 'Is this guy accountable? Is he responsible? Is he willing to have his teammates' backs? Can he go out there and do his job well?'

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