Former NY Jets nose tackle and current studio analyst for NFL Today on CBS, Inside the NFL on Showtime, and Jets Game Plan on SNY -- Kris Jenkins was on WFAN's Boomer & Carton radio program this morning. What frustrates him? Pink. And a lack of outted gay NFL players. The great Outsports transcribed some of his bizarre diatribe:
Kris Jenkins: You want to know where my frustration comes from?
Craig Carton: Bring it, yes.
Jenkins: Somebody needs to just go ahead and come out of the closet in the NFL. I said it!
Boomer Esiason: There you go.
Craig Carton: You’re frustrated by that.
Jenkins: Man look. We got a month of breast cancer. Look, we all support breast cancer and we love it. But a whole month of pink? This is a gladiator sport. Like, really? Like, we gotta do all of this stuff? Can the hetero sapiens have one place where we can congregate where we don’t have to be nervous about saying the wrong thing and upsetting people and doing all of that?
Boomer: That’s a good thing though.
Jenkins: I’ve been around everybody in this world. I think gay people are cool as I don’t know what. I mean, I think some of them are cool. I think some of them, just like everybody else in the world, they take things overboard, and they give, you know, the gays that are taking care of their business and doing things the right way a bad name. But that’s just the same way with football and everything else. But the thing is is that, if this is a country that is, through football, I’m not going into politics…
(Indiscernible as all three talk over one another)
Jenkins: If this is a country that is operating through football, and it’s the number one sport, then why is it that it can’t be embraced all across the world? Because my thing is like this. If you’re gay or straight when you step on the football field you should be able to get your butt kicked like everybody else. If you’re gonna step out there then do it.
Carton: Listen, you’re right. Clearly there are gay football players and so what?
Carton: If you can play football you can play football.
Boomer: Yeah, but don’t be…
Jenkins: When I was in the locker room, that’s what was so hard about it. The homophobia in the locker room, “Oh well if somebody was gay then I’d be upset.” No you wouldn’t. Sit down.
Boomer: They wouldn’t even know it, so don’t even worry about it.
Carton: Ladies and gentlemen, Kris Jenkins has a platform.
Oh boy. If you are a retired NFL player, and not mute, analyst jobs await. (Photo by Al Ducks.)
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