Adrian Peterson OK with gay player

Updated: June 4, 2013, 10:12 AM ET
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Adrian Peterson reiterated Monday that having an openly gay teammate wouldn't be a problem for him and said he didn't feel the need to apologize for his comments last month that he's "not with" gay marriage because he was voicing his "personal opinion."

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The Minnesota Vikings star running back told The Oklahoman on Monday that having a gay teammate "really wouldn't bother me that much."

He, however, admitted to the newspaper that having to take showers with a gay teammate would make him uncomfortable.

"Simple things, as far as showers and things like that, you know, of course, anyone would be uncomfortable. But you know, I'm a grown man. There's things that I can deal with. I'm comfortable in my skin," he told the newspaper.

"I'll still high-five them. Pat them on the butt when he's doing good, and go on about my business."

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck told CNN last week that he would "be disappointed" if an NFL player chose to come out as gay and there was a negative reaction to him around the league.

"It's the 21st century, and I know I would have absolutely no problem with it. I hope no one would treat him any differently than any straight player, no special treatment -- he's just another guy," he told CNN.

Peterson made his comments about gay marriage when he was asked in a SiriusXM NFL Radio interview about the Vikings' release of punter Chris Kluwe, who is an outspoken advocate in favor of gay marriage.

"To each his own, [but] I'm not with it," he said in that interview. "I have relatives who are gay. I'm not biased towards them. I still treat them the same. I love 'em. But again, I'm not with that. That's not something I believe in. But to each his own."

He told The Oklahoman that he never felt pressured to issue an apology for his gay marriage comments.

"We have homosexuals who choose to live their life the way they do. You know what? To me, that's fine. You can do that. If you want people to respect that, then just respect my view," he said.

Peterson was in Tulsa, Okla., to receive the Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Award. He was the male recipient of the honor, awarded to athletes who excel on the field and are charitable off it. Swin Cash, of the WNBA's Chicago Sky, received the women's award.

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