Michael Sam elaborates on report of Rams/Hard Knocks deal

AP

After a report emerged earlier this week that the Rams drafted openly-gay defensive end Michael Sam as part of a deal to avoid Hard Knocks in 2014, Sam said he was “not surprised” by the news. Sam has now elaborated on his position.

“Not surprised that the NFL had a deal with the Rams,” Sam said in a quote provided to The Dan Patrick Show. “Makes sense to me why they cut me and not Ethan Westbrooks even though I out performed him in our production. Makes sense why Coach Fisher was very vague the day he cut me from the team.”

Westbrooks was signed as an undrafted free agent, with a $20,000 signing bonus and $30,000 in guaranteed salary in 2014.

Fisher has denied the reported quid pro quo regarding the drafting of Sam and the avoidance of Hard Knocks, and the NFL has referred to Fisher’s remarks in lieu of issuing a statement of its own. Still, Howard Balzer’s report cites a trio of unnamed sources — and he stands by the story.

The denials are not surprising,” Balzer writes. “The Rams’ choices were to acknowledge the report was accurate, which wasn’t going to happen; say nothing, which would be a tacit admission; or deny, deny, deny. And that’s what they did.”

It would be unfortunate if the denials are indeed the truth, but that’s where things now stand when it comes to issues of this nature for the NFL. No one takes anything at face value, in part because plenty of things previously taken at face value (from the salary-cap penalties imposed on Washington and Dallas to the Saints bounty scandal to the Ray Rice situation to #Deflategate to the recent tampering penalties imposed upon the Chiefs) reveal a different reality once the surface is aggressively scratched.

In this specific case, there will be no way to scratch the surface because the NFL won’t be investigating the allegation of a Hard Knocks deal with the Rams, in part because it involves the NFL itself and in part because public pressure has yet to approach the level that prompted the league to take a microscope to itself once the Associated Press reported that 345 Park Avenue had received an advance copy of the notorious Rice elevator video.

76 responses to “Michael Sam elaborates on report of Rams/Hard Knocks deal

  1. what a classless ungrateful jerk –

    Yeah, he’s so good he had to quit the CFL. Scared of hurting them I guess.

  2. Did the Packers have the same assurance for taking Rodgers?

  3. Let’s say that the Rams did have a deal to draft Sam. If he outperformed other players in camp, why would they cut him? Sam suggests that the alleged deal explains why the Rams cut him instead of Westbrooks, but that makes no sense. The alleged deal was to draft Sam, not to cut him.

  4. If this story is true which i highly doubt the Sam and the rest of his progressives can piss off. You all shamed the NFL into getting him drafted and now you want to play victim. The PC people should be ashamed of themselves.

  5. Fisher is shady, but come on I wouldn’t be surprised if Sam didn’t leak it himself to bring himself back to relevance briefly.

    The NFL doesn’t care if you’re gay or straight just produce, he didn’t and he’s living in denial.

    That not t say STL didn’t deal with the NFL, but that’s not the reason he got cut. If anything he should be grateful even got drafted if that were the case.

  6. Michael Sam got cut because he wasn’t good enough to make the roster. Not because he is gay. Not because the Rams had some sort of agreement with HBO and the NFL.

    I watched the preseason games to see what the hype was all about and to see if he could cut it, and Westbrooks is/was a better player. More explosive, quicker, just overall more athletic and showing more promise than Sam. That’s what you want out of a guy who’s on the bubble; someone who shows potential and could grow into a better player.

  7. Paper or plastic…..would you like fries with that….welcome to Walmart are the only things he will be saying in the future……your 15 mins have been up for awhile…..

  8. My guess is Sam probably was a bit better than Westbrooks. Players that can be distractions to a team need to make the team convincingly no matter what the distraction may be. Slightly better won’t get the job done when there are other distraction issues to consider.

  9. “Not surprised that the NFL had a deal with the Rams,” Sam said in a quote provided to The Dan Patrick Show. “Makes sense to me why they cut me and not Ethan Westbrooks even though I out performed him in our production. Makes sense why Coach Fisher was very vague the day he cut me from the team.”

    Except for the fact that Westbrooks made the 53 man roster and made the 46 man roster for 19 games while Sam made the roster of a CFL team for two months, played in one game recording no stats and quit on them, twice.

    I was as big a supporter of him having a chance to play in the NFL as anyone, however he just didn’t have the chops to make it. He should be happy that the NFL made a deal to get him drafted, if it is true. Otherwise he’d never have put on an NFL uniform to begin with.

  10. Michael Sam just continues to dig himself a deeper hole at every turn he takes.
    We all know the NFL (a billion dollar entertainment enterprise) will do just as any other major world corporation does, you know, , Lie, Cheat, Steal, Coverups….
    That being said, It does not matter which of the Heinous activities the NFL constructed, Michael Sam was and is just as much a scammer as the NFL .
    Sam knew his only possible way into the NFL was to (Force it Down Their Throats) or (Jam it up Their Arses) about his choice of sexual lifestyle! And allow his inept NFL lack of playing ability to escape by. Meanwhile tieing any NFL Team into a corner, in fear of the Media and Gay NFL Fan Base backlash….
    Michael Sam has, and is, continually building a fanbase of disdain and actual hatred for himself, any chance of a sports career is all butt over for this guy….Perhaps, a sitdown with a Dirty-Sanchez would prove helpful?

  11. Not even the NFL is immune to the destructive radical-left agenda of political correctness.

    It’s where fairness, merit, and competition take a backseat to the promotion of “diversity”.

    First the Rooney Rule, next the Michael Sam Rule. It’s on the horizon.

  12. Westbrook beating out Sam for a roster spot is far from the only time that an Undrafted player beat out a late 7th round draft pick at the same position for a roster spot. Happens all the time. I get a kick out of Sam sighting the fact the he “outplayed” Westbrook. The handful of plays Sam made in the preseason were against players incapable of playing in the NFL. As far as the hard knocks angle, correct me if I am wrong but no team has ever been forced to be on hard knocks.

    Now, do I believe the league pressured the Rams to draft Sam? Maybe. I think the more correct answer is the league probably made calls to a lot of teams encouraging someone to draft Sam. And I don’t blame the league one bit if they did. Look at the big deal so many people have made over the fact that Sam didn’t get drafted until the seventh. If he hadn’t gotten drafted at all, which the last two years have shown would have been appropriate, there would have been an avalanche of criticism like you’ve never seen.

  13. Oh boy! I wonder what was his reason for throwing in the towel in the CFL, if he was so great, why didn’t he make it there?

  14. Is moronic to suggest any NFL team would waste a draft pick just to be part of a TV show that 99% of all NFL teams do not want to be on.
    Sam doesn’t have the size and skill set to make it in the NFL. Sam and the liberal mainstream media try to blame it on his sexual orientation but the truth is Sam isn’t cut out for the NFL.

  15. The talent /headache ratio was too heavy on the headache side.
    It takes talent to play in the NFL and if you have enough you will still get a job even if you cause headaches see T.O. and AP and Vick but if the headache you cause is bigger than your talent so sad bye-bye. See Ray Rice and Johnny Football and Tebow.
    Also see about a 100 practice squad and bench guys who may or may not be slightly better than their competition, but who party or run their mouth or don’t give it their all in practice or…

  16. Oh and I guess this is why he is still not on an NFL or CFL roster! This is a young man in denial about his skills and abilities and would rather transfer blame to others. Why don’t you consider focusing on being the best football player you can be instead of being a circus act!

  17. What SAM thinks at this point does not matter. Whether he was a better player than the one that was kept does not matter.

    The only thing that should matter at this point is whether there was a deal or not. And as much as the league has messed up lately, it is more probable than not that the alledged deal never happened.

  18. The worst part about all of this is that there are idiots who buy what Michael Sam is selling. Not only that, but Sam will likely have a best selling book where he whines about not getting a fair shot in the NFL.

    This clown planned on doing a reality show for Oprah’s network shortly after being drafted to the Rams, he quit on his teammates in the CFL, and now he has a sense of entitlement thinking that being gay should automatically earn him a spot on an NFL team.

    It’s amazing how Ethan Westbrooks, a guy who Michael Sam is suggesting should have been cut instead of him, is still on the Rams roster. Westbrooks must be doing something right to still be on the team.

    I say this knowing the chances are slim, but I hope this is the last I hear about this loser. His 15 minutes were up a long time ago.

  19. Michael Sam PLEASE go away….OK you opened some eyes & the door for other “special” players, now close it!! – you’ve brought nothing else to the NFL ..

  20. Chris6523 I have to disagree with you on the NFL making behind the scenes calls to peddle a player and protect their image. The league has no responsibility whatsoever to represent and facilitate drafting of any player regardless of how unique their status is. So you seriously believe that 32 teams took him off their draft board because he’s gay? I mean where does that stop? One day there could be a one legged, or one armed, or blind, or militant, or atheist, or female or a parade of stigmatized categories. Do you think league perception is so important that each case would require league intervention to assist in their employment to avoid a black eye. Honestly it would have been better for him to be a UFA and get his own job and prove to the rest of the league what they missed. But he couldn’t do that. Do you think the Cowboys picked him up because the NFL office asked them to and would they need to? I know he issue of sexual orientation is one of the most volatile issues we grapple with in society today but the NFL has no obligation whatsoever to push the token openly gay draftee just to look good.

  21. What’s next ? A movie deal for “The Life of a True NFL Hero : Michael Sam “–written & directed by former NFL Star Offensive Lineman : Jonathan Martin ??

  22. His response of, “Makes sense to me why they cut me and not Ethan Westbrooks even though I out performed him in our production.” is very telling.

    First, who thought Sam out performed Westbrooks? If it was Sam’s opinion, well, he is entitled to it but it doesn’t count for anything. What does Sam think of the Canadian coaching staff? Did he out perform the players on that team also and somebody just forgot to tell us?

    I am convinced that Michael Sam has gone through life self identifying as a victim, a minority in his race, in his sexual preference and in his life. He must think there should be quota system in the NFL where players who don’t perform on the field are still guaranteed a roster spot to incorrect some form of social injustice, whether its real or not. What a loser.

  23. The problem is that he’s not made it anywhere else, so it doesn’t matter. They probably were coaxed to draft him. In this case, who really cares? He’s gotten cut from multiple teams since and couldn’t make it in the CFL.

  24. peytonwantsaflag says:

    what a classless ungrateful jerk –

    —————————————————————

    he was drafted, competed for a spot, felt that he outperformed the other guy, then was cut without an explanation by Fisher

    the guy didn’t seek publicity after he felt he got cut unfairly… he could have started a MONSTER firestorm by simply calling ESPN the next day and making that allegation… it would have launched him into a national debate on discrimination in the NFL and he would have been getting a zillion press exposures and likely would have got a significant job offer from someone somewhere.

    instead, he ignored that huge carrot and took the high road, stayed quiet again when cut by the Cowboys, and stayed quiet when he had the difficulties in the CFL

    then, through no action of his own, he gets attacked by media when this story comes out, he thinks about what happened and it makes sense to him, so he says so.

    what exactly is Sam supposed to be grateful to the NFL, Rams or Cowboys for?

  25. If the Rams cut Westbrooks today, he’d be on another team within a week or two. Sam couldn’t even hack it on a practice squad. Good luck finding a team now that you’ve outed yourself as a whiner who can’t handle the business.

  26. trailerparkking says:
    Mar 25, 2016 3:09 PM
    If this story is true which i highly doubt the Sam and the rest of his progressives can piss off. You all shamed the NFL into getting him drafted and now you want to play victim. The PC people should be ashamed of themselves.
    —-
    Hold on buckaroo… Isn’t it your kind that says people don’t take responsibility for their own actions anymore and that this new generation is always trying to pin fault on someone else. The NFL and Rams have nobody to blame but themselves. Quit blaming someone else (the PC progressives) for putting them up to it.

  27. Let’s assume the NFL did in fact have a deal with the Rams. So what? That means Sam actually got a chance he wouldn’t have otherwise gotten. And his claim that he got cut instead of Ethan Westbrooks because of the “deal” doesn’t make sense either. If he were so good, the Rams would have kept him or some other team would have signed him. I still don’t see how he makes the connection between the “deal” and him getting cut.

  28. justintuckrule,
    Yeah I did say that and the NFL/ Rams aren’t innocent here. But, the fact remains if progressives didn’t pressure them then it would have never taken place. Also, I don’t believe it actually happened anyway. But, hypothetically if it did the progressives are the reason and now they want to play victim. There’s no pleasing them.

  29. Black, white, gay, straight: JUST PLAY FOOTBALL! ———————————————————-Uh.. you forgot “female” – cause it’s comin’ sooner than you think! & I’m not saying because I think it’s “wrong” – It’s just that I think the NFL should be gender exclusive on this. I don’t want to see some woman gettin’ carted off the field because some masochistic player just smashed her to make a point !

  30. Randomguy9999: what do you mean by Sam was attacked by the media? Who attacked him? How? Where did you hear this? Are you exaggerating to make a point? Because it only weakens your position.

  31. call4randy says:
    Mar 25, 2016 3:57 PM

    Chris6523 I have to disagree with you on the NFL making behind the scenes calls to peddle a player and protect their image. The league has no responsibility whatsoever to represent and facilitate drafting of any player regardless of how unique their status is. So you seriously believe that 32 teams took him off their draft board because he’s gay? I mean where does that stop? One day there could be a one legged, or one armed, or blind, or militant, or atheist, or female or a parade of stigmatized categories.
    ——————–

    I’ll bet those first three are already automatic disqualifiers for most NFL teams.

  32. Given a fair chance. Cut, went onto CFL and didn’t make it there. End of career. Write the book and move on…….

  33. Had he kept his personal business to himself, Sam would likely be playing in the NFL. He’s a good player. His “rainbow” community encouraged him to be a “hero” and it blew up! Where are those same “village people” now? Are they providing for Sam? No.

    He took a HUGE risk and with it came not a reward, but a rebuke. Now, his career is over.

    While network TV shows can force their gay agenda on the people, that ain’t working in the NFL. Now, Michael Sam is the poster boy proof.

  34. I’m sure the part about the NFL making a deal with the Rams to draft Sam is true, would have been a PR disaster had Sam gone undrafted (though he doesnt have NFL talent, enough outside media built it up as if he was one of the best players in the draft who might not be drafted for coming out).

    But him being cut was because he wasnt good enough, simple as that.

  35. I say we should all shame the progressives for promoting inequality. Some more talented and deserving player didn’t get drafted because they demanded it.
    Social justice lol more like special treatment. Shame on the progressives! Boo! Hiss! You’re all hypocrites! You hate straight white men!
    How’s it feel Mr. PC? Don’t like tasting your own medicine?

  36. call4randy, I wasn’t suggesting the league had a responsibility to peddle a player. It was speculating on my part as to what the league may have done. I didn’t imply that 32 nfl teams had Sam off their board because he is gay. My guess is a lot of teams gave him a grade of UFA because of his measurables, which compute to UFA. However, Sam was productive at Missouri and that by itself could have been enough to justify a late round grade for some teams. I am willing to agree that if Sam were straight it would have been entirely possible that he would have been drafted by the Saint Louis Rams with the 8th to last pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

  37. This story might be true but here is something we all know.
    Sam went to Dallas where they were in desperate need of bodies just to rotate guys in and out ( no pun intended) of the lineup and he got cut.

    He got cut in freakin Canada. Sorry dude, it’s you.

  38. I wouldn’t be suprised if the NFL pressured teams or offered carrots to draft Sam. Fisher was probably considering him but felt hey if I can get out of hard knocks too great. Sam was what they thought he was. Not big fast or strong enough to be a starter but loved the circus.
    Sam life shows that he really liked drama, TV shows, his announcement kissing the boyfriend. Old school coaches hate drama and none football questions even if it’s a superstar but really hate being interrogated by the media as to why they benched or cut a 3rd string Dline.
    Westbrook offered similar production and no drama. Proof is Nobody knew who he was till Sam mentioned his name.

  39. I don’t care how good a player he is. I wouldn’t want some gay guy prancing around the locker room while I’m undressing.

  40. Maybe the NFL had a deal with Gregg Williams not Jeff Fisher. As DC of the Rams, Williams probably had authority to push one of three 7th round picks going to a specific pass rusher. Williams has a close relationship with Goodell, as evidenced by distribution of bountygate blame and penalties when Williams was clearly the central figure, Williams cooperation and quiet reinstatement, etc. Clearly Williams was someone who could be worked with, and might not have wanted to appear on hard knocks right after returning to his pre-bountygate role. Probably Jeff Fisher just let Gregg Williams take the wheel and looked the other way, which is sometimes not a big deal to Goodell.

  41. abninf says:
    Mar 25, 2016 5:37 PM

    I don’t care how good a player he is. I wouldn’t want some gay guy prancing around the locker room while I’m undressing.
    —————–

    They probably could have had it written into his contract that he needed to wait until you were completely undressed before prancing around.

  42. Funny that no other team had to pay a price in order to not be on Hard Knocks. Really? The NFL thought the Rams would be THAT much more interesting on TV than the rest of the league, that they basically had to take a bribe to leave them alone about it?

    Not buyin’. Stop giving this chump more reasons to play the victim. You aren’t good enough. That’s it. And the more you open your mouth playing the martyr, the less you’ll be wanted in the league. Just own that you got beat out by other players. And if you wanted to be in the league that bad, you’d have played your butt off in Canada to prove it.

    Stop being an entitled brat just because you’re gay.

  43. I find the whole situation laughable. IMHO, if he could play up to NFL standards (out-perform the next best on his team), he would be employed.

    Think of the marketing possibilities in more progressive cities.

    I have had hundreds of employees and have found certain of their personal choices somewhat offensive. I am sure they would say the same about me. As long as it is legal and not morally reprehensible (a whole different issue), I am going to hire the person who is best able to do the job.

    This guy needs to get over himself. But, what the heck do I know.

  44. Goodness this is frustrating.
    I’ll admit to starting out rooting for the guy, even if he was over-hyped. Then he opened his mouth.

  45. Please stop resetting this guys 15 minutes.

    whodatnhollywood says:
    Mar 25, 2016 5:06 PM
    Had he kept his personal business to himself, Sam would likely be playing in the NFL. He’s a good player.
    _____________________

    If he were a good player at that position he would still be playing. Guys that can get to the passer are at a premium. Remember what Jimmy Johnson said, ‘If Jeffrey Dahmer could have run a 4.3 that would just have been an eating disorder.’ The annals of cut lists in the NFL are full of tweener types that rocked in college but couldn’t make it on the field in the pro game

  46. abninf says:
    Mar 25, 2016 5:37 PM
    I don’t care how good a player he is. I wouldn’t want some gay guy prancing around the locker room while I’m undressing.

    —————

    Wow. What do you think will happen if a gay person sees you undressing? I think you probably should meet and get to know someone who is gay and you will realize you have no idea what you are talking about.

  47. Every fan in the country knew them drafting Sam was a setup.

    It was so obvious when this place and ESPN were promoting it 24/7. Shoot, this place probably deleted 50,000 comments about it back then.

  48. This may not be true. However, anyone that thinks that the NFL wouldn’t pull a stunt like this is naieve. The NFL loves to throw atound the term integrity whrnever it suits them but in reality they have no idea what the word means. Goodell and his henchman must go.

  49. can we move on from this crybaby loser. rams, cowboys and cfl (when he decided to show up) and the results are
    GO PLAY VOLLEYBALL

  50. There must be something about football players that they are the last ones to know when they can’t make the cut. Michael Sam wants everyone to believe that he outplayed someone and then got cut from the Rams. According to an interview with the beat writer for the CFL Montreal Alouettes Sam was quite resented by his teammates for his quite high salary and his lack of ability. It was quite noticeable that he could not outplay anyone on the team even the quota rules Canadian players. He had trouble with the CFL rules and staying one yard off the ball let alone being a dominant player. He quit on the Alouettes because he was never going to start during the season and took his football back to Missouri still trying to convince everyone he didn’t get a fair shot.

  51. Michael Sam should turn his life over to Jesus rather than be the NFL author of confusion. If he causes this much drama and is not on a team, can you imagine what a drama queen he really would be if he was on a team.

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