In an effort to sully the story of Michael Sam's coming out and possibly becoming the first openly-gay player in the NFL, Rush Limbaugh is voicing his concerns that gay men, like Sam, might try and sexually assault his teammates in the shower.
"By the way, I probably shouldn't ask this, but if it's OK for a man who has sex with other men to be in a shower in an NFL locker room with other men, is it OK for a guy to be in a shower with women?" Limbaugh asked during his show on Wednesday.
The implicit, and what Limbaugh believes is most important, message here is that a person cannot be in the same locker room as someone who might be attracted to. And further: a person (a gay man or straight man) might sexually assault the person they might be attracted to (men, or women). It's a shopworn fear-mongering tactic that's been trotted out in the past few years by conservatives in response to gay, lesbian, queer and transgender groups being given more rights. Bill O'Reilly has said similar things in response to transgender women being able to use women's bathrooms.