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Former NFL Coach Tony Dungy Clarifies Remarks On Why He Wouldn't Draft Michael Sam

Former NFL head coach Tony Dungy is clarifying remarks in which he stated that he wouldn't have drafted Michael Sam because he didn't want to "deal" with whatever he imagines will come with having an openly gay player. Sam, as you know, became the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL when he was picked up by the St. Louis Rams. 

Dungy released the following statement on Tuesday:

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 would not have drafted him. 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.

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.

The best players make the team, and everyone should get the opportunity to prove whether they're good enough to play. That's my opinion as a coach. But those were not the questions I was asked.

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.

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.

I wish Michael Sam nothing but the best in his quest to become a star in the NFL and I am confident he will get the opportunity to show what he can do on the field.

My sincere hope is that we will be able to focus on his play and not on his sexual orientation.

What do you think of Dungy's "clarification"?? Does it make you view his comments differently?

Comments

The only reason a straight male sports player would not want a gay man in the locker room is because they think that he would look at them like they look at females, as sex objects.

I do not understand why straight males think that all gay men want them.

I have seen beautiful men that I would have nothing to do with because their personality was so ugly.   Whereas straight men think that if they get drunk enough they will do any female.

Poor Kevin. It must be terrible to not    Hook up with the handsome straight  white guy and a relief to diss the handsome gay white guy.

I wouldn't draft him either. He'd be checking out all the guys in the dressing room. That would just make the other players extremely uncomfortable. A team can't be cohesive in that type of environment. STRAIGHT players only in the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, etc.

And you are anonymous, meaning you and your douche bag opinions do not matter at all. Aside from the obvious idiocy, you are also ignorant and a coward, which makes the rest of us uncomfortable too.

at first I thought this was sarcasm, but it's not. You sir, are a douchebag

Y ou crack me up you ass.....so obvious you are gay cause you just called a locker room a dressing room! lmfao at you!

Lol! The only ass is you for calling him gay. No wonder the gay community is so mainly white bisexuals and not in the gay way.

You're an idiot.. You think there aren't gays in any of the leagues.. There are, they're just too scared to come out. Michael Sam is brave enough to be the MAN he is

I feel like you have a bias against homosexuals which brings me to ask you a question and raise a point. My question is if you feel that sports should just be dominated by straight males why are you reading articles from a LGBT news source? Then I need to inform you that most members of the LGBT community do not stare and ogle at our straight counterparts in the hopes of "converting" them. Mr. Sam is in a relationship and until such time as he goes up to another player and offers him a handy in the locker room let's not assume that it will be a problem for the team. I wish him nothing but the best of luck and with unfortunate fans like you who probably also think that women reporters should not be allowed on the field because it will distract the straight playmakers who are banging everything in a skirt but their wives or killing their friends or driving drunk, fans like you cheer those players but an LGBT athlete who is actually out and making you fear cheering someone who is different weirds you out. Go back sit in your backwards view on life and remember that change is coming.

Can you not work with members of the opposite sex or gender, attractive or otherwise, without your focus and concentration being completely sapped? Adults should be able to work with other adults without losing their grip on professional relationships. This is the same "rape mentality" that causes women to be held at fault after they are raped.  

Your sexual habits and practices should always be under your control.  If they are not, you should seek help. 

 

You're just another pussy-ass homophobe who doesn't even have the balls to put your name. Shut the fuck up you whiney little bitch. There are gay players in ALL the professional teams. You don't think straight players check each other out? (they do)....you're just projecting your insecurities on someone else. YOU are what's wrong with the world you little prick

You know there are gay players in all organizations today, just not out. 

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