Green Bay Packers Coaches Speak Out In Support Of Michael Sam
While these statements by no means mean that openly gay NFL prospect Michael Sam will be drafted by the Green Bay Packers, we're thrilled to see the coaches of the team speaking so openly about their support for a potentially gay player!
Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy says on Sam:
"I think you definitely have to feel that he's a courageous young man, but my understanding is that he's a talented player. We've always from day one talked about our program and our culture. Ted [Thompson, general manager] and I are going through the draft process right now, and at the end of the day it comes down to good football players. Any player that can come here and be a good teammate, follow the rules of our program which is one, be respectful and produce on the football field, we've got room for that guy."
And assistant coaches Winston Moss and Alex Van Pelt followed suit. Van Pelt, referring to Michael Sam, says:
"That's very courageous on his part, there's no question. If anybody can come in and help us win games and be successful -- black, white, yellow, straight, gay -- I don't think it matters. As long as you're a good person and you're respectful in the locker room to each other, then you can help us win on Sundays and are welcome."
Who knows where Sam will end up in the NFL, but it looks like an openly gay player would be welcomed by the Green Bay Packers and that's a very good thing!