The super-hot sports topic this week has been centered around former NFL coach and sports analyst Tony Dungy. In a recent interview Dungy commented that he wouldn’t have drafted Michael Sam, who became the first openly gay player to be drafted in the NFL.
“I wouldn’t have taken him. Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it. […] It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.”
Of course, people are all in a tizzy over these statements because Tony Dungy is the first African-American coach to win a Super Bowl.
What does one have to do with the other? Nothing!
Dungy later clarified his statements saying he was speaking to the distraction Sam brings to a team.
I was asked whether I would have drafted Michael Sam and I answered that would not have drafted him,” he wrote. “I gave my honest answer, which is that I felt drafting him would bring much distraction to the team. At the time of my interview, the Oprah Winfrey reality show that was going to chronicle Michael’s first season had been announced.
I was not asked whether or not Michael Sam deserves an opportunity to play in the NFL. He absolutely does.
I was not asked whether his sexual orientation should play a part in the evaluation process. It should not.
I was not asked whether I would have a problem having Michael Sam on my team. I would not.
Michael Sam responded in an interview with ESPN’s Rams writer Nick Wagoner who posted his comments on Twitter:
Sam on Dungy’s comments: “Thank God he wasn’t the St. Louis Rams coach. (laughs) I have a lot of respect for Coach Dungy.” (1 of 2) 7:06 PM – 22 Jul 2014
“And like everyone in America, everyone is entitled to their own opinions.” (2 of 2) 7:06 PM – 22 Jul 2014
Well stated Michael Sam! I think his response was very mature and appropriate.
Now, if you still have your panties in a bunch over this statement, remember that Michael Sam seemed to agree with Dungy initially. He cancelled the production of his reality show which was set to air on the OWN network because he said he didn’t want to be more of a distraction to his team.
So, what’s the problem with what Dungy said?
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