Former NFL player Mike Flynn joined Gary Tanguay and Kirk Minihane on Early Edition to discuss the first openly gay football player, and future NFL player, Michael Sam.
Many wonder how the league will take to a player coming out publicly about being gay, but Flynn doesn't think it'll be a major deal. He knew that this moment would come sooner than later, and feels NFL teams thought the same.
"I think this kid is going to be well protected from the league, the coaches, from society in general," Flynn said. "To me, when I heard the news, my first thought was, 'OK, here we go.' I mean, it was inevitable. I just thought it's about time. And I think most players believe that. With that said, you're in the locker room, things can change. But I think he'll be protected and there will be no friction amongst other players, at least openly."
Minihane says that in this day and age, being openly gay just isn't a big deal for others the way it may have been in years past.
"For these guys, it's a lot different than if a guy came out of the closet in 2003, forget about 1980," Minihane said.