Atlanta Falcons Asante Samuel wonders why gays “flaunt” their sexualtiy

Atlanta Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel told FOX Sports Radio that he doesn’t understand why gays have to “flaunt” their sexuality when asked about NBA center Jason Collins.

Said Samuel:

“Straight people are not announcing they’re straight, so why does everybody have to announce their sexuality or whatever? You know, what they prefer…So that’s just how I see it. That’s my opinion on things. All respect you know, I have nothing but respect for the people whoever decisions they make and whatever, but you know, you don’t have to show it and flaunt it like that. You know what I’m saying, we have kids out here, too.”

I’m not sure what the “we have kids out here too” comment means, but it comes across as a judgement of some kind in this context.

Samuel addressed the comments again on ESPN:

“I don’t think it’s something we have to express and let be known of what my sexuality preference is – just stick to sports….I don’t want to teach my kids those things. I teach my kids God. You know, how God lives his life.”

Kind of an awkward interview, no?

I’m not sure what Samuel classifies as “flaunting.” Anytime straight folks talk about their girlfriend/boyfriend/wife/husb­and without a second thought, they are telling people what team they play for. If you have pictures of your gf/bf/wife/husband, you are showing the world your happy heterosexual life.

Would Samuel consider holding hands in public “flaunting?” Would he advise straight folks to not hold hands in public?