Louisiana State University (LSU) running back Alfred Blue has apologized for describing gay players as “sissies.”

In remarks to The Daily Reveille, LSU's student newspaper, Blue, who turns 22 next week, said that it would be “a shock to everybody” if a football player came out gay.

“Football is supposed to be this violent sport – this aggressive sport that grown men are supposed to play,” Blue said. “Ain't no little boys out here between them lines. So if you gay, we look at you as a sissy. You know? Like, how you going to say you can do what we do and you want a man?”

He added that his team would likely accept such a player: “It doesn't change how he contributes to the team.”

On Friday, Blue issued an apology.

“I in no way meant to belittle any person's way of life and feel that everyone deserves a chance to become whatever they want to be. I told the reporter that if any person can help contribute to the team,, then that is the bottom line. I apologize if anyone was hurt by my comments and also to everyone that I may have let down,” he said.

Blue made his comments as major professional sports leagues and players are increasingly signaling that they would accept an openly gay player

(Related: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says hockey is for everyone, that includes gays.)

Jim Mora, head football coach at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), last week appeared in a You Can Play Project video. The project's aim is to eliminate homophobia in sports.

(Related: UCLA student athletes, coaches stand up for gay players.)