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Tony Dungy elaborates on his Michael Sam comments

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On Monday, the Tampa Tribune published Tony Dungy’s answer to the question of whether he would have drafted Michael Sam, the NFL’s first openly-gay player.  Dungy’s 38 words triggered a flood of debate and controversy, and plenty of pointed criticism.

On Tuesday, Dungy issued a statement elaborating on his comments.  The full text of it appears here.

Dungy explains that the quotes were obtained in the aftermath of the draft, following the news that Oprah Winfrey would turn Sam’s story into a reality show.  (The plug has since been pulled on the project.)

“I gave my honest answer, which is that I felt drafting him would bring much distraction to the team,” Dungy says.

“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.”

Dungy notes that he had been asked those questions in the preceding three months, and that he consistently said that playing in the NFL “is, and should be, about merit.”  The question posted by the Tampa Tribune focused much more narrowly than that.

“What I was asked about was my philosophy of drafting, a philosophy that was developed over the years, which was to minimize distractions for my teams,” the former Buccaneers and Colts head coach says.  “I do not believe Michael’s sexual orientation will be a distraction to his teammates or his organization.  I do, however, believe that the media attention that comes with it will be a distraction.  Unfortunately we are all seeing this play out now, and I feel badly that my remarks played a role in the distraction.”

While not mentioned by Dungy, Sam’s status as a marginal prospect likely was a factor in that analysis.  Some players are good enough to justify the distractions that come along with employing them, from Lawrence Taylor to Michael Vick to Ben Roethlisberger to Johnny Manziel.  Sam, the 249th selection in a 256-man draft, may not be good enough to make it.  Thus, Dungy and plenty of other coaches would choose not put on the roster bubble a player whose mere presence could be the equivalent of signing up for Hard Knocks.

And then, if/when the player is cut, the scrutiny intensifies.  “Did his teammates not accept him?”  “Was there a power struggle in the front office?”  “Is the coaching staff split?”  “Did something happen?”

Dungy is expected to talk about the situation later this week, on The Dan Patrick Show.  Until then, his statement and the context of his original comments should be considered, regardless of whether Dungy’s position is being criticized or praised.

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159 Responses to “Tony Dungy elaborates on his Michael Sam comments”
  1. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Jul 22, 2014 1:23 PM

    Yawn. Go away old man. Overrated head coach who lucked into Peyton and lucked into Sapp.

  2. jphavig says: Jul 22, 2014 1:24 PM

    Ask Kurt Warner about how he personally feels about Michael Sam. You’ll get the same kind of answers from all these Jesus enthusiasts.

  3. thepftpoet says: Jul 22, 2014 1:25 PM

    Michael Sam is a distraction.

    And an attention freak, who wanted a reality TV show right after he signed.

    And he’s not even a good football player.

    The Rams will regret drafting him.

  4. doctorrustbelt says: Jul 22, 2014 1:25 PM

    “I was not asked whether I would have a problem having Michael Sam on my team. I would not.” – tony dungy
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    … but… you wouldn’t draft him because he’s “a distraction”.

  5. scallops says: Jul 22, 2014 1:26 PM

    We’ve already seen this played out in the NFL recently. Tim Tebow would still be in the league as at least a 2nd or 3rd stringer if he wasn’t accompanied by a media circus that’s from no fault of his own.

    If you’re not irreplaceable, you’re going to be replaced. Are you listening Johnny Manziel?

  6. minnesoulja says: Jul 22, 2014 1:26 PM

    Dungy = character guy, cut him some slack Ameriwuss.

  7. thetruthcampaign says: Jul 22, 2014 1:27 PM

    That puts it to rest for me.

  8. Andrew says: Jul 22, 2014 1:28 PM

    Whatever Tony, Jackie Robinson was a pretty big distraction too

  9. enkay85 says: Jul 22, 2014 1:28 PM

    Overrated or not, he was right. Especially if the quote was taken immediately after the draft when the Oprah produced documentary was still on the table.

  10. herlies says: Jul 22, 2014 1:28 PM

    Those of us with no agenda and a little bit of common sense already knew what he meant.

    It’s silly and sad that he was pressured into explaining himself further.

  11. grudenfan says: Jul 22, 2014 1:29 PM

    If Dungy worked for ESPN, would this article read the same way?

  12. percyscoredasmuchasdenver says: Jul 22, 2014 1:29 PM

    The feelings police will be here shortly.

  13. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 22, 2014 1:31 PM

    Well that’s very helpful that he clarifies that the distraction isn’t stemming from his sexual orientation so much as the media exploitation of the overall situation. And it’s key for him to point out that his statements were based upon the questions that were fed to him, and perhaps if the interviewer at the time asked more questions and went in-depth then that would have painted a more complete picture at the time about his philosophy that he was trying to explain.

    Fair enough for now, and wise to supply these quick follow up comments before the further elaboration. Setting recordings now for the show to make sure I get the right airing!

  14. Heretopissuoff says: Jul 22, 2014 1:31 PM

    Who wants a scrub who gets attention like a superstar?
    Khalil Mack> Clowney and Barr

  15. smackingfools says: Jul 22, 2014 1:33 PM

    Can’t speak your mind here. Comment won’t get approved. Surprised they even let Dungy speak his.

  16. jimmyt says: Jul 22, 2014 1:34 PM

    Tony Dungy back-peddles on his Michael Sam comments

    Fixed the title for you.

  17. flaccotoboldin says: Jul 22, 2014 1:34 PM

    Sooooo Dissapointed in Dungy.

    I can’t imagine plenty of white GM’s and Coaches before integration saying, well, I wouldn’t draft a black player, not because he doesn’t deserve a chance, but because he’d be an unwelcome distraction.

    Its the veiled excuse of a closet bigot.

    And considering what happened with his son, you’d think Dungy would be more understanding / open minded.

    Dungy isn’t the guy I thought he was.

  18. csbanter says: Jul 22, 2014 1:34 PM

    See what happens when people jump to conclusions. Dungy thought process is perhaps the same as every other GM/coach that picked players before Sam was drafted at 245.

  19. crappygovernment says: Jul 22, 2014 1:35 PM

    Up with everybody but White Christians(Tebow) = Marxism

  20. enochmh2 says: Jul 22, 2014 1:35 PM

    Dungy this is 2014, you’re expected to ignore you’re opinion or what would be your move as a head coach and never speak negatively about Michael sam. Ever.

  21. bengalskuta82 says: Jul 22, 2014 1:36 PM

    I’m happy that Tony isn’t back pedaling.
    He needs to be the next NFL commissioner.
    #RESPECT

  22. andrewluck12 says: Jul 22, 2014 1:37 PM

    Glad he didn’t apologize! He shouldn’t have to. The fact we’re debating this is proof the guys a distraction

  23. bucrightoff says: Jul 22, 2014 1:38 PM

    The NFL doesn’t care if you beat your wife, drive drunk, murder people, do all kinds of drugs, and generally engage in anti-social behavior….so long as you perform on the field.

    The same applies here, if Sam plays well nobody is going to care about anything except that. Manziel is the same, he is a distraction now and will be until he plays. If he plays great, who cares? If he bombs, all the other stuff goes front and center. Thats the NFL for you, you’re only a distraction if you aren’t very good.

  24. gorilladunk says: Jul 22, 2014 1:38 PM

    I personally think Dungy was being honest about a potential circus involving Sam. Like it or not, the Oprah series (since canned) was floated as an idea for ONE REASON ONLY. If you think I’m wrong, where are the other “O” series about up and coming rookies? Dungy is correct, every day players would, and will be, subjected to questions about a seventh round draft pick who about as fast as the training staff. When did it become so wrong to offer and HONEST assessment of a situation? Geez…some of the people on this site…….

  25. Bill Belitext says: Jul 22, 2014 1:39 PM

    The reaction to his comments, affirm his position. When it comes to Sam, the “Sam shouldnt be discriminated against” crowd will look at every statement, every decision, every thought through the prism of Sam the gay player instead of Sam the football player. If he gets cut, it wont be “Sam got cut by the Rams”, it will be “Jeff Fisher cuts Sam cuz he hates gays” or “the Rams discriminated against Sam cuz he is gay”, etc etc etc. And that, is exactly what Dungy wouldnt want to deal with.

    The evolution of Americas awareness about discrimination, and the campaign for acceptance has in most ways run its course. In 2014 America, the laws and regulations and media coverage are slanted so far in favor of anyone who isnt a straight white guy it isnt even funny. With that in mind, we no longer need people to shout from the roof tops about discrimination against (insert group). We elected a black president (well, half black, even though no one, including him acknowledges he is half white) TWICE. Yet I am told on a daily basis America is the most racist country in the world trying to hold down black people. We have thrown our own security out the window in the name of “accepting” immigrants from the southern border, yet I am reminded on a daily basis that America is the most racist country in the world trying to hold down minorities. It is the same thing for gays, lesbians, transgenders, muslims… The list is endless.

    At this point, we all know that “acceptance” is what the left is fighting for, and continue to claim we arent an “accepting” country. Are you kidding me? Half of the people in America would be hung, jailed, beaten, etc if they were openly (insert whatever) in that country. Stop insisting on acceptance, we have reached acceptance, we are beyond acceptance. Now it is time for you to accept that people are allowed to have their own opinion, and just because it is different doesnt mean it is, gasp, wrong.

    And before you all freak out, I am not a conservative. I am one half of an inter racial marriage, my cousin is gay (and I supported him at his wedding). But enough is enough

  26. whodey1982 says: Jul 22, 2014 1:41 PM

    I hate when stuff like this slithers its way into football. I want to hear about how our draft picks are progressing, not about how the Redskins are racist, or who some marginal defensive lineman takes to bed. Keep the political and social drama out of our sport…this garbage gets way too much play as it is.

  27. jacunn2000 says: Jul 22, 2014 1:42 PM

    No matter what, this will end badly for the Rams. If he is cut he is gonna sue the hell out of the Rams blaming sexual discrimination. Even if he makes the team, his career will end at some point and guaranteed he is going to write a book about his horrible experience in the NFL.

  28. craniator says: Jul 22, 2014 1:42 PM

    Dungy told the truth , and you can’t do that anymore.

  29. mcconne77 says: Jul 22, 2014 1:42 PM

    Poor St. Louis. Imagine the backlash if they cut him.

  30. wnstonchill says: Jul 22, 2014 1:42 PM

    Tony Dungy has nothing more to explain to anyone. This was just a classic case of the media foaming at the mouth to make a good , upstanding guy like Dungy, look like a bad guy (a bigot)! This is just another example of the victim mentality and the easily offended individuals that are ruining society. People aren’t owed ANYTHING! Enough of this knocking down others to lift ourselves up. It’s wrong, it’s unethicial and it’s unhealthy to society. That’s the plain truth. Be upset with it if you like, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s still the truth!

  31. floreskins says: Jul 22, 2014 1:43 PM

    Ridiculous that he had to “clarify” a perfectly reasonable, sound response to a question. This is what is wrong with the Twittersphere we live in today. Everyone is just waiting for the next “controversy” to #getangry about. It’s infuriating and nauseating at the same time.

  32. ravensfaninflorida says: Jul 22, 2014 1:43 PM

    Michael Sam flopping out of the NFL in 3……2…..1. Now lets prepare for all his followers to start with a boycott the NFL and urge protests around league cities. Not saying he doesn’t deserve a chance but he really isn’t that good of a player and the only reason he made it this far is media attention.

  33. gorilladunk says: Jul 22, 2014 1:43 PM

    Need to proofread my comments before hitting submit. “seventh round draft pick who IS about as fast…”. “so wrong to offer A honest assessment…”. Sorry. Mrs Abbott (RIP) would be very disappointed.

  34. Marshawn Lunch says: Jul 22, 2014 1:44 PM

    “Some players are good enough to justify the distractions that come along with employing them, from Lawrence Taylor to Michael Vick to Ben Roethlisberger to Johnny Manziel. ”

    Did you seriously just put Johnny Manziel in the same group as those other guys?? Everyone on that list has played plenty of NFL games and proved they are quality players, EXCEPT for the so-called “Johnny Football”.

    Manziel has only proved to be a distraction thus far. He has NOT proved to be “good enough to justify” that distraction. And, no, what he did in college does NOT justify the distraction at the NFL level. Good luck with Tebow 2.0 Cleveland. I just hope Hoyer has a hall of fame type year.

  35. shogunassasin30 says: Jul 22, 2014 1:45 PM

    Andrew says:
    Jul 22, 2014 1:28 PM
    Whatever Tony, Jackie Robinson was a pretty big distraction too
    __________________________________

    Do not ever in your life compare Michael Sam to Jackie freakin Robinson. K Thanks.

  36. wny49er says: Jul 22, 2014 1:45 PM

    I would”t of drafted him just based on his lack of speed, strength and how bad he got handled against good teams.

  37. crewchief15 says: Jul 22, 2014 1:45 PM

    jphavg,
    I’m a Jesus enthusiasts and I have no problem with Michael Sam. Do I agree with his life style? No, but I believe he’s a good person and have no hate for him. Just because someone disagrees with the way you live, doesn’t mean they hate you, try again jphavg…

  38. nflpoker says: Jul 22, 2014 1:45 PM

    The liberal PCers will hear what they want to hear, see what they want to see, and tell people to believe what THEY want them to believe.

    Exactly what was it that Dungy do wrong? I know. He told them what HE thought. Can’t have that now can we. Libberals love to be led around by the nose.

  39. surfinbird1 says: Jul 22, 2014 1:46 PM

    Don’t really care that much for Tony Dungy but he has a right to his opinion. Still it makes me wonder though if a white analyst said this would he still have a job? Yeah probably. I hope so.

  40. jkozuh says: Jul 22, 2014 1:47 PM

    This faux-controversy is actually PROOF that Tony Dungy was correct about avoiding a giant can of worms … !!!!

    God bless Tony Dungy … ((<: }

  41. juliusanonymous says: Jul 22, 2014 1:47 PM

    What he said makes perfect sense and just further illustrates how modern media is so desperate to stay relevant in the internet age that they are now resorting to creating “stories”. Instead of taking the obvious meaning of things said or done, intent is twisted into the most cynical/bizarre/sensational thing possible in order to sell news. All modern news media are tabloids. I don’t give any credence to any of it.

    And I don’t believe for a second that Dungy meant anything other than what he stated. It makes perfect sense and has nothing to do with bigotry, even though the sensationalist tabloid media wants to portray it that way to sell a few more clicks.

  42. futbawl says: Jul 22, 2014 1:48 PM

    Tony Dungy = Man of integrity

    self-righteous media pc elites = people looking for opportunities to attack innocent people just so they can further their evil agenda.

  43. motsuret06 says: Jul 22, 2014 1:48 PM

    What is all the hoopla about? Coach Dungy was honest about his answers. I guess the media didn’t think he was onboard the gay rights agenda enough. All that matters is Michael Sam can play football or not and he gets cut just like any other player. The media needs to get off the gay rights agenda and focus on playing football and not on politics.

  44. emperorzero says: Jul 22, 2014 1:48 PM

    Well, so far he’s been less of a distraction than Johnny Football – and hasn’t been seen rolling up a twenty in a bathroom…

  45. mistrezzrachael says: Jul 22, 2014 1:48 PM

    There are 2 very different sides to Dungy..

    1. Mr …I am this ‘shoulder to cry on”… How to raise your kids…How to have the model relationship…etc Tony Dungy.

    2. The backstabbing, bitter , know it all Dungy, who speaks out both sides of his mouth. The real Tony Dungy.

    Dungy perfects the “on camera ” sainthood, when in reality he is a jerk..

    And yes, I still blame him & Polian for the 5 yard rule…which ruined football, and led to alot of receivers getting their heads taken off.

  46. pjgrannan says: Jul 22, 2014 1:49 PM

    agree with Flaccotoboldin. Also Dan Wetzel had a very good column on this on Yahoo pointing out Dungy’s hypocrisy and lack of courage hiding behind the distraction excuse. As Wetzel points out the Glazers could easily have hidden behind the same excuse to not give him an opportunity to coach.

    The explanation actually highlights his lack of conviction and makes it worse. It takes courage to do what is right in the face of anticipatrd criticism. Dungy’s explanation reveals he knows what is right but lacks the courage to face the distraction.

    Also I wonder whether PFT would be so quick to defend Dungy and his explanation if they were not all part of the NBC family.

  47. shawkfan51 says: Jul 22, 2014 1:49 PM

    Andrew says:
    Jul 22, 2014 1:28 PM
    Whatever Tony, Jackie Robinson was a pretty big distraction too

    ———————-

    Jackie Robinson was a Hall of Fame caliber player. Michael Sam is a 7th round draft pick that faces an uphill battle just to make the final roster. If Sam had first round talent the media distractions Dungy mentioned would carry far less weight. As it actually stands, though, you are inviting a media circus and significant scrutiny into your training camp for a 7th round pick who might not ever make a positive impact for your football team. There is a world of difference between Jackie Robinson and Michael Sam. Dungy makes a valid point.

  48. wishingtonredslur says: Jul 22, 2014 1:51 PM

    I like Dungy, class act all day.

  49. illogic87 says: Jul 22, 2014 1:51 PM

    football is so currupt

  50. oakfan23 says: Jul 22, 2014 1:51 PM

    he’s not a very talented player to begin with, that is why he is not worth the distraction. If Jadaveon Clowney was gay Dungy would draft him bcuz hes a rare talent

  51. getoffline42 says: Jul 22, 2014 1:54 PM

    Everyone please note that slavery and playing football while openly gay are totally different. Stop with the comparisons. SMH…

  52. scmems07 says: Jul 22, 2014 1:55 PM

    it’s funny, we are all bigots if we do not accept the gay/lesbian lifestyle, but it’s ok if someone does not accept religious beliefs it’s fine, and it’s ok to go as far as to mock religion.

    this was the reason most normal fan’s had, he would be a distraction from the media that would overshadow his talents and risk of over exposure of the team. but most people look for reasons to be negative.

    let the kid live his life, most fans dont care one way or another, the media are the ones making this bigger than it needs to be.

  53. bengalskuta82 says: Jul 22, 2014 1:55 PM

    bucrightoff says:
    Jul 22, 2014 1:38 PM

    The NFL doesn’t care if you beat your wife, drive drunk, murder people, do all kinds of drugs, and generally engage in anti-social behavior….so long as you perform on the field.

    The same applies here, if Sam plays well nobody is going to care about anything except that. Manziel is the same, he is a distraction now and will be until he plays. If he plays great, who cares? If he bombs, all the other stuff goes front and center. Thats the NFL for you, you’re only a distraction if you aren’t very good.
    —————————————————-
    Hmmm, can’t disagree with this.
    Sadly true

  54. footballfan72 says: Jul 22, 2014 1:56 PM

    Still laughing at Andrew trying to make a comparison of Jackie Robinson to Michael Sam. I don’t think we’ll be seeing Sam in Canton or producing like Jackie did. Nice try, Ill advised but nice.

  55. vusnu says: Jul 22, 2014 2:04 PM

    Dungy should not feel obligated to qualify his remarks.

  56. mezanine10 says: Jul 22, 2014 2:07 PM

    I wouldn’t have drafted Sam. but not because he’s gay. I wouldn’t have drafted him b/c he’s not really interested in being an NFL player. He’s interested in being a symbol for gay rights. This is evidenced by his coming out before the draft as opposed to after the draft. Just like a guy who interviews for a job and you get the sense that all he wants is a paycheck as opposed to being interested in helping the company. Bad hire.

  57. pappageorgio says: Jul 22, 2014 2:07 PM

    Basically…..Dungy just said the fact that his comments on Sam have created this mini-controversy proved his point. I think he’s right.

    But the truth for Sam (or any other player)…..if you have enough talent it doesn’t matter how big of a distraction you create. If Sam had Clowney’s skill…..he’d have been taken first overall. He does not. Sam is a true “tweener”….not fast enough to play LB and not big enough to be a DE.

    So if you were a head coach and your scout says: “player A is a hard worker and decent athlete, probably will never crack the starting line-up but will serve as organizational depth for a few years…..nobody outside of his alma mater knows who he is”

    “player B is a hard worker and decent athlete, probably will never crack the starting line-up but will serve as organizational depth for a few years…..this player carries with him a mountain of media attention on a very controversial topic, we’d have to be very careful about some things (like potentially cutting him) and Oprah is giving him a reality show.”

    Really……what would you do? I mean….you can’t even treat this kid like a normal player. Can’t say anything about him because the nat’l media is poised to twist your words and make you look bad the minute you do. As is the rams are going to have to find a way to stash him on the IR….because if they cut him they’re bigoted, never mind that most 7th rd picks get cut and go to the PS.

  58. magicrats says: Jul 22, 2014 2:08 PM

    Funny….hasn’t really been a media distraction until Tony opened his mouth about it

  59. ugadogs21 says: Jul 22, 2014 2:09 PM

    Pro football is not ready for an openly gay player, period. Yet they will embrace drunkards, wife beaters, former/current gang members and drug users and even give them a second, third and fourth chances. Some of these guys are already on thin ice coming out of high school and become progressively worse (Titus Young) but there is always that team willing to bend over backwards even going so far as to hire babysitters for them (Dez, PacMan). Would they do the same if these players were gay?

    Michael Sam was an impact player in the SEC and that’s not easy so I think questioning whether or not his orientation played a role in his draft position is a valid concern, so much so that the Rams being his “home town college” team felt obligated to draft him. If he was gay and playing division two football then the “marginal player” label wouldn’t sound so convenient .

  60. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 22, 2014 2:09 PM

    libs and media are either irresponsible, incompetent or evil….. not much good in them anyway you slice it

  61. profangle says: Jul 22, 2014 2:09 PM

    What he sees as distracting media attention, I see as progress towards a day where guys in the NFL can come out and it not be an issue at all. There needs to be a first step. If it happens to be a 7th round pick with extra attention, that lessens the load for the next guy who wants to be open about his sexuality not having to deal with a media crush at training camp.

  62. djshnooks says: Jul 22, 2014 2:10 PM

    Who gives a crap about Tony Dungy?

    He’s a washed up coach on tv.

    His opinion is worth nothing to anyone.

  63. rolltide510 says: Jul 22, 2014 2:13 PM

    Its pretty obvious what Dungy is saying – If you’re going to have a media circus associated with a player, their talent needs to be up to a certain level to make it worth the trouble. That math isn’t there with Sam.

    But hey, folks who are aware Dungy is a Christian and prefer to shoehorn in an intolerance narrative shouldn’t be deterred! Great way to make yourself seem like really good people in anonymous message bored comments, right?

  64. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Jul 22, 2014 2:16 PM

    just because the league decided to draft the kid late doesn’t mean he can’t play.

    just because he may not be a hall of fame player does not mean he can’t be compared to james meridith or jackie robinson.

    just another step in the evolution of american civil rights. in the theoretical construct our country strives for, it should be just as easy for this seventh rounder to make the team as any other. and jackie robinson type production should have nothing to do with it, just the best production this kid has. then let the chips fall where they may, but obviously most folks have already made up their mind before the first snap occurs.

  65. scmems07 says: Jul 22, 2014 2:18 PM

    “Funny….hasn’t really been a media distraction until Tony opened his mouth about it”

    im pretty sure the MEDIA asked him the question for him to open said mouth about it. think dude

  66. floratiotime says: Jul 22, 2014 2:18 PM

    These so-called religious people need to give the hate a rest.

  67. joelvis72 says: Jul 22, 2014 2:20 PM

    None of Dungy’s “clarifications” will be good enough for Mr. Kluwe.

  68. coxandreweric says: Jul 22, 2014 2:23 PM

    @ doctorrustbelt

    RE:
    “I was not asked whether I would have a problem having Michael Sam on my team. I would not.” – tony dungy
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    … but… you wouldn’t draft him because he’s “a distraction”.

    I see your point, but I think the distraction he is talking about is not Sam’s sexuality per se, but the attention drawn to it by the media. It would be one thing if whenever the media brought it up, Sam said, “I’m here to answer questions about football,” and maybe he does. But everyone knows that, even though professional sports are about performance and not personal agendas, the media doesn’t allow that stuff to rest. Perfect example, their response to Dungy’s comments. The problem is not Michael Sam’s sexuality or Tony Dungy’s comment about seeing this as a distraction. It’s the exacerbating of issues that the media does to create a story.

  69. northeastkiller says: Jul 22, 2014 2:25 PM

    CTRL+F “michael vick” not found, what a shock. Giant hypocrite.

  70. khenien says: Jul 22, 2014 2:28 PM

    It’s not what Dungy said that annoys people, it’s that he’s a giant hypocrite. He was all for giving Michael Vick a chance after murdering dogs. He wouldn’t be a distraction right? Don’t like this guy.

  71. mzim2756 says: Jul 22, 2014 2:31 PM

    Dingy does not belong in the HOF

  72. nflpoker says: Jul 22, 2014 2:31 PM

    In a way Sam is like Kluwe. Kluwe with his activism and Sam with his reality show. I know that I want Kluwe to go away. And I want the media to go away for trying to make this into such a big deal when it actually isn’t.

    The PCers are not going to tell me what to believe.

  73. qdog112 says: Jul 22, 2014 2:32 PM

    Been a Dungy fan forever, but he’s flatout lying. His position has zero to do with distractions.

    It’s all about his religious convictions. Man up and tell the truth. That would the bold and the right thing to do.

    He’s selling his soul for the money (keeping his job).
    Come on Tony, you’re better than that.

  74. outlaw53 says: Jul 22, 2014 2:32 PM

    If Johnny Manziel came out as gay….that would be news. If Clowney or even Jeremy Hill came out as gay…that would be news. But a 7th round pick that failed to impress at the pro level ( Pro Day, Combine, etc )…that isn’t news….its a foregone conclusion. Go do some TV Mr. Sam….you won’t be in the NFL long ( ask Tim Tebow…)

  75. orthomarine says: Jul 22, 2014 2:34 PM

    As a man, Christian, father, husband, professional, and a proponent of free speech, I stand behind Tony

  76. idpfantasyfootball says: Jul 22, 2014 2:34 PM

    The kid is #6 in jersey sales… He’ll make the final roster just for this reason alone…

  77. rexranius says: Jul 22, 2014 2:35 PM

    ” Tim Tebow would still be in the league as at least a 2nd or 3rd stringer if he wasn’t accompanied by a media circus that’s from no fault of his own.”

    No, Tebow was given multiple chances because he was a media darling. You are confusing the two situations.

  78. 34defense2014 says: Jul 22, 2014 2:35 PM

    Funny….hasn’t really been a media distraction until Tony opened his mouth about it………. Perfectly said magicrats!! Well done!! Well done

  79. 65impala says: Jul 22, 2014 2:37 PM

    Well said! coxandreweric
    Last i checked it’s still a free country and a man is allowed to voice his opinion! Hats off to you Tony

  80. nyking1963 says: Jul 22, 2014 2:41 PM

    shogunassasin30
    “Do not ever in your life compare Michael Sam to Jackie freakin Robinson. K Thanks.”
    __________________________________
    Who the heck are you to tell someone who they can and can’t compare people to?
    K thanks

  81. jjackwagon says: Jul 22, 2014 2:42 PM

    Forget his sexual orientation for a moment. Let’s talk about the other 800 lb gorilla in the room.

    Sam is too small to be a good DE and too slow to play LB. So what are the Rams going to do with him?

  82. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Jul 22, 2014 2:46 PM

    I would have thought that after all of Dungy’s past experiences dealing with the media, he would be a little more savvy than your average football board commenter, and not put himself in a position that exposes his own ignorance and hypocrisy. Unfortunately, dementia must be setting in. In his own best interest, it’s probably time for him to step back from the microphone.

  83. Earl Grey Summers says: Jul 22, 2014 2:49 PM

    What did he say differently than what he said before! People are trying to put words in his mouth! All he said was it would be a distraction, which it WOULD! I haven’t seen ONE COMMENT in this thread relating to Michael Sam’s talent! This thread is the EPITOME of what Tony Dungy is saying: he wouldn’t draft Michael Sam because of all the non-football-related things that come WITH Michael Sam! The cameras! The activists! The opportunistic reality show producers! No coach wants that, that’s why Terrell Owens is looking for work as we speak and Chad Ochocinco is dangerously close behind him! If a player is gay, that’s fine, but PEOPLE CARE MORE ABOUT HIS SEXUAL ORIENTATION THAN HIS GAME, and THAT’s why Dungy wouldn’t draft him. And people want to take that and assume, “Oh, Tony Dungy must hate gays.” You’re seeing what you WANT to see…

  84. whatjusthapped says: Jul 22, 2014 2:49 PM

    I knew the moment Tony expressed an opinion counter to the liberal main stream press, they would come after him with all guns blazing. The Press can’t allow an opposing opinion to stand without attacking it with name calling (bigot) or questioning his intentions (intolerance).

    That being said, I lost all respect for Dungy when he predicted on national television that the Vikings with a 3rd string Qb (Webb) who hadn’t started a game all year would win a playoff game on the road. Talk about stupid.

  85. jamaltimore says: Jul 22, 2014 2:50 PM

    there have been and will continue to be gay players in pro sports. BTW, there are also molestors, strip club fiends and adulterers in the league. The comparison to an ENTIRE League of black baseball players who were banned from another league to today’s plight of Gay people is foolish. Michael Sam is a mixed up individual and his public displays of affection are gross. His own father said pretty much the same thing.

    Tony Dungy speaks the truth Sam is a sideshow not worth the hassle just like Tim Tebow.

  86. georgegsmiller says: Jul 22, 2014 2:54 PM

    7th Round Draft picks do NOT deserve this type of attention. I wrote month’s ago that Sam would be a huge distraction to any team taking him (media circus). Then he starts a reality show? For what? Is it for his talents to play Football? I don’t think so… it’s all for an agenda made up by the media (who have ties to this party) and a particular Political party who insist there way of thinking is the ONLY way.

    So now Tony Dungy is getting hammered for pointing out his way of thinking when drafting ANY player. Dungy stated that he would not want distractions 9draft selections) for his team. Good for him. 1st round picks, even 2nd round picks deserve media attention. Not 7th round picks who most likely will be cut or placed on the practice squad.

    What happens if Sam gets cut? Then what happens? Does the media blame the coach or the team? Some sports writers, media members will defend Sam (if he gets cut) no matter what… not because he is good enough but rather because he is NOW the poster boy for all Liberals who demand their social ways are bigger & better than what the NFL is all about.

    A player makes a team based on talent only. Not whether he (Sam) represents a political/social cause/agenda. Good for Tony Dungy for standing up and speaking his opinion. Shame on the media for making Sam and this story into a media circus.

  87. drsummeroff says: Jul 22, 2014 2:54 PM

    buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Jul 22, 2014 1:23 PM

    Yawn. Go away old man. Overrated head coach who lucked into Peyton and lucked into Sapp.
    —————————————————–

    I love it when guys pull themselves away from Honey Boo Boo to comment on Football matters.

  88. coldwater32301 says: Jul 22, 2014 2:54 PM

    I find it disrespectful to equate Micheal Sams choice to who Jackie Robinson is… very disrespectful… No one would’ve known Micheal Sams was gay unless he told you, but Jackie was discriminated against simply because his skin color…so cut that out… gay is not the new black… so disrespectful…Indeed…

  89. baltimoremikeg says: Jul 22, 2014 2:57 PM

    Michael Sam will continue to be and already is a distraction.

    I truly support gays and gay rights. No, I am not just saying that like a white person who claims not to be racist because they “have black friends.” I believe people should be able to do whatever they want as long as it doesn’t both other people, but Michael Sam is something else. Michael Sam is a commercialized product of the gay rights movement and he is clearly most interested in making a name for himself because he is a gay football player, not because he is a football player who just happens to be gay.

    I am sorry, but NOTHING excuses the fact that he tried to get on an Oprah reality show before the season starts.

    “I just want to play football” my butt

  90. bhlobos says: Jul 22, 2014 3:00 PM

    Funny that he mentions the Oprah show as part of that distraction for why he wouldn’t draft Sam, but that isn’t completely true… Oprah and Sam kept that quiet until AFTER the draft. So, not a valid reason for not drafting him…

  91. tankfan92 says: Jul 22, 2014 3:01 PM

    Baltimoremikeg I believe you are completely correct.

  92. csbanter says: Jul 22, 2014 3:01 PM

    What more do supporters of Sam want or expect from the NFL ?

  93. ace8842 says: Jul 22, 2014 3:01 PM

    Is ESPN or ABC making Dungy apologize? Wouldn’t shock me. I mean, Fox Sports fired Craig James simply because he opposed gay marriage a year earlier at another job. The demonization of those who oppose anything “gay” has gotten out of control.

  94. 150bigdaddy says: Jul 22, 2014 3:05 PM

    Dung doesn’t have to explain anything, he has an opinion like evryone else he said nothing wrong.I can’t wait to see the media frenzy and all the excuses they make for this guy after he gets cut.He can’t play on this level.

  95. privatecowboy says: Jul 22, 2014 3:07 PM

    he’s 7th round draft pick…they’re normally the 1st to be cut…the Rams are going to have to either keep a spot for a players who isn’t good enough or deal with the media wrath, that has already started writing their ‘St. Louis Rams are anti-gay’ stories.

    Nothing against Michael Sam, but he is a good college linebacker, that is being asked to play DE in the NFL…wish him luck!

  96. ragnarthemagnificent says: Jul 22, 2014 3:07 PM

    Oh, is context still important? Love ya Tony

  97. don2074978 says: Jul 22, 2014 3:09 PM

    @jphavig

    Kurt Warner tweet on Michael Sam

    Feb 10, 2014, 03:38 PM GMT

    Former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner tweets he appreciates ‘courage’ of Michael Sam; ‘now I pray the NFL world reflects that same courage [and] treats him like the athlete he is’ – @kurt13warner

  98. Spymaster Belichick says: Jul 22, 2014 3:11 PM

    Having Sam on the team is similar to having Tebow. Both will get a ton of media coverage, mostly unwanted. Sam has basically taken the fall for all future gay players. He will absorb all the media hype surrounding the topic.

  99. myeaglescantwin says: Jul 22, 2014 3:12 PM

    Man,

    if Peyton manning never won a title, do you think we’d still need to hear what this guy has to say?

    Where does this “holier than though” Tony Dungy persona come from?

  100. hittfamily says: Jul 22, 2014 3:15 PM

    If the NFL has as many bigots as NBC’s NFL message board, Michael Sam will have a hard time. Good luck Mike. I’ll be rooting for you.

  101. crewchief15 says: Jul 22, 2014 3:18 PM

    I’ve alway’s wondered, why anybody needed to know others sexual preference? What is that others need to tell me or anyone else, who they perfer to sleep with? I see Gay Pride events and not exactly sure what their proud of? If you’re Gay, ok, but proud? Not sure were pride come into play on sexual preference.

  102. inallsincerity says: Jul 22, 2014 3:19 PM

    pjgrannan says: Jul 22, 2014 1:49 PM

    agree with Flaccotoboldin. Also Dan Wetzel had a very good column on this on Yahoo pointing out Dungy’s hypocrisy and lack of courage hiding behind the distraction excuse. As Wetzel points out the Glazers could easily have hidden behind the same excuse to not give him an opportunity to coach.

    The explanation actually highlights his lack of conviction and makes it worse. It takes courage to do what is right in the face of anticipatrd criticism. Dungy’s explanation reveals he knows what is right but lacks the courage to face the distraction.

    Also I wonder whether PFT would be so quick to defend Dungy and his explanation if they were not all part of the NBC family.
    ___________________________________

    First of all, Dan Wetzel’s column was flawed. In it, he makes a reference to how white team owners gave Dungy a chance. “They rejected the ancient concept that blacks either weren’t deserving/capable of such opportunities…”
    Ancient concept??? The myth of Blacks being inferior to whites is a recent phenomenon. Going back to the start of Western civilization, we were taught that it all started in Greece. Those of us that dug a lil’ deeper discovered that the Greeks learned from the Minouans, which in turn, learned from the Egyptians. Also, many Greek scholars traveled to study in the great temples of Egypt, including Socrates. Wetzel lost all credibility after writing that.
    There are a few on here comparing Sam to Jackie Robinson. C’mon man!!! I could look at Jackie and tell he was Black. I didn’t know Sam was gay until the announcement, media frenzy, kiss, smearing and eating of cake, etc… BIG difference between the two and it is wrong to make that comparison.
    The bottom line is this, Dungy told the truth, what any sensible head coach or GM would do in that situation. The LGBT community needs to understand that making BIG deals out of situations like this stunts the progress of acceptance and tolerance. Stop trying to politicize EVERYTHING and the transition will be much smoother.

  103. jimboinlimbo says: Jul 22, 2014 3:23 PM

    Good thing for old Tony that Branch Rickey didn’t care that Jackie Robinson might be a distraction.

    Tony said he wouldn’t give him a chance because he would be a distraction because the media would be interested because he is gay.

    Using the transitive property of deduction Tony said he wouldn’t give him a chance because he’s gay.

    Anyone trying to somehow rationalize Tony’s comments and make it something other than that is desperately grasping at straws. This is and should be treated as Riley Cooper 2.0. However it won’t be because Tony is black. Period.

  104. fiverings37 says: Jul 22, 2014 3:24 PM

    Nothing to see here. Dungy hasn’t been relevant for years.

  105. sbmcintosh36 says: Jul 22, 2014 3:24 PM

    Why do we need him to elaborate or clarify anything?
    He said what he said so what if someone doesn’t agree with him,personally I think he’s an overrated coach that lucked into a few players and should’ve won a lot more than he did,he didn’t so what.
    People need to get over themselves and stop making a mountain out of a mole hill he said what nearly every NFL team would say ,they don’t want the distraction for a guy that is a marginal talent.

  106. kenstabler says: Jul 22, 2014 3:26 PM

    Not that I am a Dungy fan, but the guy said what is true. He (Sam I Am) is a distraction because he takes away from a coaches ability to coach. The media circus around this kid is a total distraction to the team when he has yet to prove he is even a professional player. To be honest he will end up being a gay media darling for coming out for years to come.

    As other posters said, Tim Tebow was nailed to the cross by the media for christian beliefs, and the media did not cry a tear when most NFL teams described him as a distraction. He was. I would not have drafted the kid, what a headache and media circus.

    The days are coming when being labeled white and christian will land you in the minority.

    Umm, those days are here, ask tim?

    Tim the bum, Michael Sam the hero. Go figure.

  107. dudeicle says: Jul 22, 2014 3:33 PM

    some say he may have been drafted higher if it weren’t for all the distractions that Tony mentioned. So let’s say he’s a 5th rounder at best…. still kinda marginal, I guess

  108. onbucky96 says: Jul 22, 2014 3:33 PM

    Damn, nice back peddling skills for such an old has been. Tony, go pimp some more felons teams should hire.

  109. drs12522 says: Jul 22, 2014 3:35 PM

    Ask Tony if let media response rule his decisions as a coach. First, he says players should be judged on merit. Then he says he believes Sam merited being drafted. Then he says he wouldn’t take Sam because of something Sam has no control over, media response to his being gay. It’s a copout. Someone should ask Tony Dungy if Chuck Noll should have avoided the unnecessary media attention on him naming the first Steeler’s black assistant coach, Tony Dungy!

  110. tall4myage2013 says: Jul 22, 2014 3:35 PM

    We really need to get re-educated in this country on what the world “tolerance” means.

    It does not mean you have to agree, accept as right, condone, support, embrace, praise or submit to the notion that anything goes. Nor should it mean that you are require to participate in said thing. It simply means that you recognize that someone else is free to do what they want so long as it is legal.

    This media/PC witch hunt of demonizing anyone who says anything other than the talking points of “gay is awesome and gay marriage is a right” is getting very, very old.

  111. vegasdestroyer says: Jul 22, 2014 3:43 PM

    NEWSFLASH: NBC announced that Tony Dungy will not appear on the air this year, as “having him on the team would be considered too much of a distraction.” NBC said it was certain Tony would agree.

  112. tory707 says: Jul 22, 2014 3:50 PM

    The Messiah.

  113. bobbyhoying says: Jul 22, 2014 3:52 PM

    Why is everybody glorifying sin? What’s courageous about bragging about a sinful lifestyle? What’s next? Some brave guy announces he’s had five affairs so he’s a courageous adulterer?

  114. darienal says: Jul 22, 2014 3:55 PM

    Its funny I keep hearing Sam is going to be a distraction Sam is going to be a distraction… yet whenever I look at who is the big media focus/distraction its Johnny Manziel… and training camps haven’t even started yet….

  115. rickywatts80 says: Jul 22, 2014 4:02 PM

    Yet it’s perfectly fine for the NFL to run its very own reality television program, and for Eric Decker to have a hetero reality show with his smokin’ hot wife.

  116. nyking1963 says: Jul 22, 2014 4:13 PM

    Has anyone seen espn lately and how they’re covering the story?
    I was watching Mike & Mike this am as they were talking about it. The video that accompanied the story wasn’t of Michael Sam playing DE with Missouri or during OTA”s..It was showing him crying and kissing his SO after getting drafted.
    So what is the story? Is it about an undersized player trying to make the NFL or about a guy who came out of the closet?
    Based on the media’s coverage, it has to be the latter. I also believe he might be the first ever 7th round pick who has won an award (espy) before he even shoed up to training camp.

  117. 11inthebox says: Jul 22, 2014 4:14 PM

    For those people who compare Michael Sam to Jackie Robinson, saying that Sam is worth the “distraction,” there’s one major point you’re missing.

    Jackie Robinson was the best player on the field.

  118. 25yearindyfan says: Jul 22, 2014 4:14 PM

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion…

    Unless you disagree with liberals…

    Then you’re just an awful scumbag.

    I can’t wait until more feelings get hurt and another non-newsworthy story appears.

  119. randomcommenter says: Jul 22, 2014 4:25 PM

    Dungy merely stated the reality that teams rarely bring in possible distractions unless the guy is a major contributor.

    Ocho Cinco was a distraction but he was a pro bowler so it was overlooked. As soon as Ocho slowed down, he was out of the league. No longer worth the distraction.

    Let Michael Sam have a pro bowl season and then he can do all the reality TV he wants and teams will want him.

    Until then, he’s a fringe player that will be a distraction and it’s just honest to point out most teams don’t want to be in that situation.

  120. rcali says: Jul 22, 2014 4:27 PM

    Only the dumb people needed Dungy to explain his comments. The rest of us got it the first time.

  121. atlantacynic says: Jul 22, 2014 4:28 PM

    Tony Dungy’s bottom line – Michael Sam deserves an opportunity to play in the NFL but he would not get it on any team coached by me

  122. nflpoker says: Jul 22, 2014 4:29 PM

    The day will come when the PCers get offended when you say “I am blowing up a balloon”.

  123. jmc8888 says: Jul 22, 2014 4:32 PM

    There is going to be a firestorm when he is released.

    Look at his combine numbers. Most un-athletic guy as a DE there *by far*, and now he’s trying to play a more athletic position in LB.

    The guy make Manti Te’o look all-pro athletically.

    You know how I know there will be a firestorm, besides the obvious reasons? His jersey is one of the top selling jerseys…and he’s very unlikely to ever play a regular season down. People are going to be pissed after shelling out huge dollars for that jersey. It’s got to be some kind of record. Most jerseys sold to a player never to play a down in regular season.

    He may get a practice squad spot, though.

    I can’t believe he was dumb enough to attempt to have a reality show. He has enough things to think about, and Dungy was quite right. I would steer clear of a star who wanted to lug around some unreality show loser crap. Let alone a guy who will need to win the lottery to even make a roster.

    Good luck to him though. I don’t want him to fail, I just know reality, and his lack of talent means he almost assuredly will fail. But good luck.

  124. bradjames33160 says: Jul 22, 2014 4:38 PM

    No one cares about my sexual orientation and I don’t care about Michael Sam’s. I am a media person trying to fight these stupid scud missiles. I’m also a Mormon, I don’t cram Mormonism down anyone’s throats so stop it. If Sam can play, good for him. As others have said, the Rams’ defensive line is probably the best in the league, they don’t need his services. Of course, Sam has already won the PR battle, if the Rams have the “audacity” to cut him, no one will shut up about him so he’ll be in the public eye forever. I marvel that in a society so advanced that we still are bewitched enough by a “protagonist” like Sam to lean on his every word

  125. mvp43 says: Jul 22, 2014 4:40 PM

    flaccotoboldin says:
    Jul 22, 2014 1:34 PM
    Sooooo Dissapointed in Dungy.

    I can’t imagine plenty of white GM’s and Coaches before integration saying, well, I wouldn’t draft a black player, not because he doesn’t deserve a chance, but because he’d be an unwelcome distraction.

    Its the veiled excuse of a closet bigot.

    And considering what happened with his son, you’d think Dungy would be more understanding / open minded.

    Dungy isn’t the guy I thought he was.
    ————————————————–You are so offbase. This has nothing to do about his sexuality. He is a bad football player and will most likely get released. Now, if he were any other 7th rounder, this would be no big deal. But, the fact that he’s the first openly gay player means that the Rams will probably have to have a press conference to justify their decision. Plus, I’m sure MSNBC & CNN will be lined up to interview him and the team. This will not end.

    That’s the distraction Dungy is talking about!

  126. richie078 says: Jul 22, 2014 4:46 PM

    Michael Sam is a subpar prospect. News at 11.

  127. kmartin173 says: Jul 22, 2014 4:46 PM

    The media doesn’t want your opinion Tony, they only want confirmation that you agree with their opinion.

  128. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 22, 2014 4:46 PM

    Dungy obviously knows how to back pedal.

  129. mataug says: Jul 22, 2014 4:48 PM

    The next time you meet Dungy in the NBC studio, just ask him the following – if Clowney had publicly announced that he was gay, would Dungy have drafted him or not ?

  130. markb2301 says: Jul 22, 2014 4:52 PM

    What fantastic circular logic! His draft stock plummets literally overnight because of his sexuality. Then, when it’s time to “evaluate” the pick and whether it’s worth it to carry him on the team, the answer is no because of this low draft pick!

    Who gives a damn where he was drafted? He had a solid senior season in the toughest conference in college football. There’s no question he merits a chance in spite of this “distraction” which no one, outside of Tony Dungy and other “pious” Christians, really cares about.

  131. horsepedlr says: Jul 22, 2014 4:55 PM

    the rams can’t cut him or klewe will come get ‘em

  132. steelersandladyboysfan says: Jul 22, 2014 5:11 PM

    Not a Dungy fan, but doesn’t this huge overreaction to his comments just prove his point?

  133. richie078 says: Jul 22, 2014 5:14 PM

    DE Michael Sam out-produced DE Clowney in college, but that’s irrelevant. Outsiders don’t seem to realize that. It’s all about how a player “projects” to the next level, and Sam is too slow, too small, and too weak to be an NFL DE, and thus “projects” to a new position, namely, Inside Line Backer. If Sam had not made a public decision, he likely would not have been drafted at all, but would have been an undrafted rookie free agent, as someone’s “camp fodder.”

  134. bucsorbust says: Jul 22, 2014 5:41 PM

    I mentioned last night that all the hysterical people who are offended by someone speaking reality…would drive Dungy or his employer to “clarify” his statements. What he said before wasn’t wrong. It wasn’t against gays; it was the distraction that those who care bring to football. That’s all he meant. I got it the first time. What’s this remind me of?

    Girl: Am I fat?
    Honest Guy: You could lose some weight.
    Girl: Am I fat?
    Honest Guy: No, you’re fine. Perfect.
    Girl: Okay, thank you.

  135. thelmehello says: Jul 22, 2014 5:45 PM

    why are people saying Dungy is just being honest..if he said that I would not draft Sam because my christians beliefs, then he would be telling the truth..

  136. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 22, 2014 5:49 PM

    I’m giving Dungy the benefit of the doubt. I think he gave an honest answer and I don’t think any malice was meant in his comments. As usual the media only takes bits and pieces of a quote and makes it out to be worse than it is.

    Contrary to most I think he is a really good player.

  137. rosloe62 says: Jul 22, 2014 5:55 PM

    Sometimes the best thing to do is say NOTHING!

  138. howiehandles says: Jul 22, 2014 6:02 PM

    Tony, you sound like a politician. Just admit your religious beliefs are against what Michael Sam stands for.

  139. easyeddie says: Jul 22, 2014 6:08 PM

    I can’t believe the press would take comments out of context when the subject is a hot-button leftwing issue and that sheeple who lack basic critical thinking skills can’t figure that out.

  140. larams2016 says: Jul 22, 2014 6:16 PM

    I’m sure Dungy would have thought it OK if NFL owners had decided a black head coach would be a distraction and he never received his chance to be a head coach.

  141. darthvoter says: Jul 22, 2014 6:30 PM

    Oh look, yet another useless Michael Sam story on PFT……zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Dungy’s right….it’s the media that keep talking about this garbage and create the distraction.

  142. NFLJunkie says: Jul 22, 2014 6:31 PM

    He’s interested in being a symbol for gay rights. This is evidenced by his coming out before the draft as opposed to after the draft.
    =======

    And exactly how would waiting until after the draft change that perception of him wanting to be a “symbol”?

    The guy was already out to his college team, so it really had nothing to do with making it a big pre-draft reveal. And he’s a 7th round pick. Anybody — including Sam — who doesn’t recognize the long odds facing ANY 7th round pick in making an NFL active roster, especially when the team is already deep at his position, can’t be taken seriously if they try to claim discrimination if/when he’s cut. His best bet, like any late round/undrafted rookie, is to make a mark on special teams.

    St. Louis is a logical place for him. Local fans who follow Mizzou at all already know him as a football player first. But even they know the odds he faces at the next level.

  143. melikefootball says: Jul 22, 2014 7:09 PM

    Funny how Dungy can elaborate as others did this and still were fired. So Sunday Night Football will you be another hypocrite when it comes to a black man making comments not quite political or will we fall on the he has rights to his opinions. I guess others don’t.

  144. mjhutmkr says: Jul 22, 2014 7:12 PM

    Tony Dungy has absolutely nothing to apologize for nor do his comments need clarification.

    The media distraction, created by the media, is what no team or player is truly interested in being involved.

    Michael Sam is only one player on a NFL team and was a 7th draft pick. He’s not going determine the Rams fate or outcome in NFl. The talent doesn’t match the media hype plain and simple.

  145. 34defense2014 says: Jul 22, 2014 7:58 PM

    dudeicle plenty of 5th rounders in the HOF? Some undrafted as well!! How there they? lol

  146. 34defense2014 says: Jul 22, 2014 8:05 PM

    ( typo ) How dare they?! lol

  147. brucetrimble says: Jul 22, 2014 8:38 PM

    Glad to see Tony take ownership for his role as a member of the media creating the very type of distraction that may dog Sam.

  148. brucetrimble says: Jul 22, 2014 8:41 PM

    I agree with flaccotoboldin

  149. dblr0910 says: Jul 22, 2014 8:57 PM

    Dungy was correct. Sam will be a distraction. But the only reason he will be a distraction is because the MEDIA will create it. If the media would simply ignore the man’s sexual preference it would be a non issue. But the media’s desperation to orchestrate a circus will make it very difficult for Sam to be judged solely on his ability.

  150. fullhouseofcards says: Jul 22, 2014 10:48 PM

    What a hypocrite Tony Dungy is! He’ll back Michael Vick, a former first round pick who drowned, beat, and electrocuted dogs, and was a far bigger distraction. Yet a 7th round pick who is in a relationship with the same sex he wouldn’t back. Guess, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, eh Tony.

  151. revelation123 says: Jul 23, 2014 12:03 AM

    If you didn’t understand what Dungy meant in the first place then you either have no business running a football team, aren’t the sharpest knife in the drawer, or both.

  152. footballchic777 says: Jul 23, 2014 12:51 AM

    Tony gave his answer in his OWN OPINION! They didn’t ask him what Is the politically correct thing to say. There was nothing wrong with his answer. It was HIS answer, which to him…. and others, is correct. It wasn’t prejudiced or bigoted or any of the other things I have heard him called, it was just honest! If you only want to hear one answer, don’t ask anyone else the question because evidently there can only be one opinion!!!!!

  153. manzoa says: Jul 23, 2014 2:21 AM

    Wow Tone, lucky for you that you’re a high character, highly respected African American former coach with a ring. At least the race hustlers can’t attack you as a racist. But alas, the PC goons and their allies in the Gay Mafia will have a field day with your comments…even though they are accurate. Why have the distraction of Oprah, TMZ, and every other left wing media outlet breathing down your neck in camp over a marginal scrub who, if he even makes the 53 man roster, at best will spend his days as a special teamer or not dressing on game day.

  154. 1greatusername says: Jul 23, 2014 4:28 PM

    There wouldn’t be a distraction if the media didn’t create one. It’s not like there’s a bunch of reporters who go around asking about all the other 7th rounders all the time.

  155. anginoelle12 says: Jul 23, 2014 5:12 PM

    Just curious … has anyone heard anything recently about Jadeveon Clowney … you know … the guy who was selected in the draft, 258 spots higher than Michael Sam?

  156. jollyjoker2 says: Jul 26, 2014 11:25 PM

    Jimmy the Greek got beat up for a lot less.

  157. Dogsweat says: Jul 29, 2014 1:53 PM

    Tony helps and doesn’t judge a man who tortured other creatures for fun and money, even helped Vick get a job, judges and accuses Sam of being disgusting and being a distraction and a weak player.

    Sam has no issues with the legal system and is a hard nosed player, and Master Tony finds it easy to judge him and have negative comments about Sam getting a job in the NFL, which of course Dungy would never help Sam- like he did Vick.

  158. anginoelle12 says: Jul 29, 2014 7:15 PM

    Dungy is not judging Sam. If anything, he is judging the media for hyping it up and judging people like Oprah for trying to bring Sam’s sexuality front and center.

    The Vick argument is irrelevant. Vick paid his debt to society. We should remember that at the time Dungy was advising him, Vick was a free agent, so there was no specific team facing any distractions. Once Vick was signed by the Eagles, most of the hoopla surrounding him had subsided and attentions turned to Vick’s play on the field.

  159. Dogsweat says: Jul 30, 2014 2:09 PM

    And Johnny Manziel is not a distraction?

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