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McCarthy Says Packers Would Welcome Players Regardless Of Sexual Orientation

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Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Monday, the Packers would welcome anyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, who could help the team improve on an 8-7-1 season that ended in a wild-card loss to the 49ers, Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press Gazette reports.

“I think you definitely have to feel he’s a courageous young man but my understanding is he’s a talented young player,” McCarthy said. “We always from Day 1 talked about our program, about our culture. Ted is going through the draft process right now and at the end of the day it comes down to good football players.

“Any player who can come here and be a good teammate and follow the rules of our program, which is one be respectful and produce on the football field, we have room for that guy.”

Whatever happens over the next month, Packers linebackers coach Winston Moss and new quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt both reiterated the organization would welcome any players who could help the team, regardless of sexual orientation.

“That’s very courageous on his part, there’s no question,” Van Pelt said. “If anybody can come in and help us win games and be successful – black, white, yellow, straight, gay – I don’t think it matters. As long as you’re a good person and you’re respectful in the locker room to each other, then you can help us win on Sundays and are welcome.”

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