On the subject of showers, here in ATL we've got an ex-NFL player who's a sports radio host during mid-day. He will likely bring up the subject again today, in light of Vilma's remarks, but his commentary when things like Vilma or Culliver hit the news is always something like this:
"At the end of the day, you're a professional athlete. And when you're paid to be an athlete, you expect to be 'comfortable'. If I'm the owner of a pro sports team, I want my athletes to be 'comfortable', if I expect them to play at their best. If athletes need shower partitions, or a room set aside so they can be comfortable, I don't see why they shouldn't have them."
"Comfortable athletes" is the compelling nature of his argument. Where it gets twisted into making the argument a fallacy is the locker room feature winds up being a partition/segregation not used by the "uncomfortable" athlete(s), but for the "gay/bi/transgender" athlete that somehow makes the other player "uncomfortable". Due to his sexual orientation, the guy perfectly "comfortable" in his own skin would have to now make accommodations for the handful of guys that are only "comfortable" when he's not around.
We're also falsely led to believe that for guys like Vilma, this alleged "discomfort" only extends to the moments they are disrobed. As an owner/GM/coach, can you demand the gay player's locker be far enough away from Vilma to minimize eye contact, or should that player be required to sit in a separate room while the "straight" guys dress "comfortably?" Is the player allowed to sit next to Vilma on the sideline, or on the team bus? Do you have to ensure they won't have to share a hotel room together? What happens during tackling drills and scrimmages? Can the gay player pat Vilma on the bum after a great play, or chest bump, or hug, without Vilma freaking out? How much "comfort" will guys like Vilma need? To the point that teammates are getting Jim Crowed?
To fix Vilma's issue, he needs to get to the source of his "discomfort" and deal with it internally. Not externalizing his personal issues, and creating "uncomfortable" gay teammates worried about every look/step/move/gesture they make in the locker room around him.