NFL’s Deion Sanders on Michael Sam: Being Gay ‘Could Be’ a Choice & Supporting Ray Rice

Updated: November 11, 2014

It’s Mister Prime Time! NFL great Deion Sanders sits down with Larry King on the Emmy nominated series “Larry King Now” to talk about his docu-series “Deion’s Family Playbook,” including a very controversial discussion on Michael Sam, Sanders suggesting that his sexuality “could be” a choice and if Deion condones what Ray Rice did. Plus his pick in the Manning-Brady debate and his thoughts on Roger Goodell.

The Pro Football Hall of Famer shared his thoughts on Michael Sam, the NFL’s first openly gay player who was recently dropped by the Dallas Cowboys last month, Sander’s said “I’m not saying I condone it, but I don’t condemn it. I don’t love what he do, but I love him as a man and I just wanted him to understand the burden and the weight that he’s carrying.” Larry followed up asking Sanders if he thought Sam’s sexuality could be a choice, the retired NFL player noted, “It could be” also adding “The God I know don’t make mistakes.” (clip below)

Deion Sanders also gave his thoughts on whether or not Ray Rice should get a second chance at playing football and whether or not a team will sign him if he’s reinstated, “I would hope so, because everybody I know, especially the person I see in the mirror every morning, has gotten a second or third chance at life, who are we not to give someone a second chance.” The NFL commentator also added that “This is something, I feel, he did it’s not something, who he is.” (clip below)

Sanders explained to Larry King that he’s sure Roger Goodell didn’t see the Ray Rice tape ahead of his decision, “He listened to the wife of Ray Rice, and they came in and pled their case personally. And you look into a woman’s eye and she tell you what happened, what transpired in that moment, you have to believe it.” Sanders went on to comment on the NFL Commissioner’s decision “His reputation has been that he’s too harsh, so all of the sudden you’re saying that he’s too soft in one incident.” (clip below)

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