Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy, who was the first black coach to win a Super Bowl, has been often linked to anti-gay and social conservative groups that oppose gay rights, such as Focus on the Family and its rabidly anti-gay founder James Dobson. Via Jocktalk, the Outsports blog, is news of Dungy's recent profile on HBO’s “Costas Now ” where Bob Costas questioned Tony Dungy on his religious views:
Costas: What if you had a player who was openly gay? Would that be alright with you?
Dungy: I’m sure I would talk to him about my views on it, what I think the Bible says about it. I would hope that I would give him the same respect as every other player, treat him exactly the same way I treat the other 52 guys, and show him the kind of love that I think the Bible says we are to show everyone.
Costas: And if he’s a good football player, he’s on the Colts.
Dungy: He would be, yes.
Regarding that last question. Outsports editor Jim Buzinski noted that "Dungy paused before answering the question and seemed uncomfortable when replying."
Tony Dungy is a fantastic coach and an his strong faith has undeniably helped him both on- and off-the-field. He has previously stated that his team prayer sessions are not mandatory and he does not proselytize to players. Apparently, the coach draws the line at players who might happen to be gay and feels the need to quote biblical passages.