Athletes say a lot of things in front of the camera. They are pre-programmed to give low risk, politically correct answers. There is no benefit in saying anything controversial, unless they enjoy bad press.
It is why you should take anything they say with a grain a salt and understand you have no idea who these guys are behind closed doors.
Here is Aaron Hernandez talking to EXTRA a couple of months ago, saying what a great role model he is the Hispanic community, unless it is the gang community, he might be a little off with that.