Michael Sam's Father Backtracks From Homophobic Comments, Claims He Was Misquoted By 'New York Times'
Michael Sam, Sr., the father of openly gay NFL prospect Michael Sam, is backtracking from seemingly homophobic comments that were attributed to him by The New York Times. He now claims he was "terribly misquoted."
In the Times' article this week, Sam Sr. described himself as "old school" and told the newspaper the idea of a gay player in the NFL bothers him, even if that person could be his own son.
However, he backtracked from those comments with the Galveston Daily News, saying he never told the Times he was an old-school, "man-and-a-woman type of guy" or that he didn't want his grandkids "raised in that kind of environment."
"I did not say anything about my grandkids," the Galveston paper quoted him as saying.
Sam Sr. did acknowledge much of what he told the Times was accurate, but he said some of his thoughts were taken out of context, specifically a quote about Hall of Fame defensive lineman Deacon Jones "turning over in his grave."
"I told them Deacon Jones is going to roll over in his grave because here comes my son and that he's going to be a star in the NFL," Sam Sr. told the Galveston Daily News.
The Times, in an email to the Galveston paper, defended its reporting and said Sam Sr. was quoted "accurately and fairly."
The elder Sam also said he has had time to reflect on his relationship with his son. He said he loves his son, that he did the right thing and that he wishes he'd spent more time with him.
What do you think, Instincters? Do you think Sam, Sr. was misquoted by the The New York Times?