NFL applauds Michael Sam

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It was inevitable that an NFL player would come out as gay, even if it was unexpected that the declaration would come from a player on the starting edge of his career.

And so it was inevitable that the NFL would greet the moment with an official statement of support.

“We admire Michael Sam’s honesty and courage,” the league said Sunday night.  “Michael is a football player.  Any player with ability and determination can succeed in the NFL.  We look forward to welcoming and supporting Michael Sam in 2014.”

While it’s important for the league to approve Sam’s decision and orientation, the NFL loses control over the process once the draft commences on May 8 in New York City.  That’s when we’ll begin to find out whether the NFL is truly ready to embrace an openly gay player.

15 responses to “NFL applauds Michael Sam

  1. @jimmyt — shouldn’t matter if anyone is ready to embrace him or not. he is a football player and should be evaluated as such. no one should pick him up any earlier than they have him ranked on their boards. his orientation should not help nor hurt him.

  2. Someone said that his jersey sales would be off the charts.

    But seriously, what is the NFL going to say but this? He hasn’t been drafted yet and there is no consensus to where he will go. We’ll see what the draft holds for Sam, but Goodell and the NFL are going to put on the song and eance and probably go as far as to invite him to the draft (I hope not because the 3rd round is a helluva wait). They will likely have cameras in his house, though.

  3. I realize this is a big deal in our society and some will be offended and some will take it far to seriously. Why does someone have to announce their sexual preference? If some other player is heterosexual but has some really strange fetish it is his own private matter.

  4. Since he wasn’t expected to go in the first round, every team will have an opportunity to draft him.

    I watched some of his highlights after his announcement. He looks like a beast. Some team should be lucky to have him.

    I hope he has a great showing at the NFL Combine. I’d hate to think that if he did anything less that this would become a league wide excuse not to give the man a chance.

  5. In our society we have segregated bathrooms for men and women, because men traditionally are attracted to women and it compromises a womans right to privacy by risking sexual desire in the bathroom…. now how is it any different if you have an openly gay man showering with other men?

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