Openly gay NFL player, Michael Sam

By BTL Staff

The Bilerico Project reports that openly gay NFL player, Michael Sam, has responded to offensive comments made by Tony Dungy. Dungy, a former NFL coach and current NBC sports commentator told the Tampa Tribune: "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." Dungy added, "It's not going to be totally smooth...things will happen."

Dungy has since issued a statement saying,"On Monday afternoon while on vacation with my family, I was quite surprised to read excerpts from an interview I gave several weeks ago related to this year's NFL Draft, and I feel compelled to clarify those remarks.

I was asked whether I would have drafted Michael Sam and I answered that I would not have drafted him. I gave my honest answer, which is that I felt drafting him would bring much distraction to the team."

Dungy goes on to clarify: "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.

I have been asked all of those questions several times in the last three months and have always answered them the same way - by saying that playing in the NFL is, and should be, about merit."

Sam, who's been drafted to the St. Louis Rams, told interviewers: "Thank God [Dungy] wasn't St. Louis Rams' coach. But I have a great respect for Coach Dungy, and like everyone in America, everyone [is] entitled to their own opinions."

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