We’re speechless. Former NFL coach Tony Dungy revealed that he wouldn’t have drafted openly gay football player Michael Sam. Why? Because he “wouldn’t want to deal” with the attention that comes with Michael’s sexual orientation, according to reports.
St. Louis Rams player Michael Sam is truly courageous — he’s shown that time and time again. Michael famously became the first openly gay player in NFL history when the Rams selected him in May 2014. And while Michael’s fearlessness has been applauded by most, Tony Dungy, a former coach and current NBC football analyst, has jaw-dropping words to say about the player.
Tony Dungy On Michael Sam’s Draft: He Says He Wouldn’t Have Taken Player
People around the world love Michael so much, he won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2014 ESPY Awards. Unfortunately, Tony Dungy doesn’t sound like one of those people.
“I wouldn’t have taken him,” the former coach told the Tampa Tribune. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it. It’s not going to be totally smooth . . . things will happen.’’
We’re not positive what Tony doesn’t “want to deal” with — having someone on his team who was courageous enough to risk his entire future and career to be honest about who he is and stay true to himself, despite the hate he received?
The former coach famously wrote an entry for the book Equal Coaching Opportunity in the NFL, but we don’t think his most recent comments reflect that title. What do you think?
While Tony wouldn’t have drafted Michael, the St. Louis Rams did. Michael’s teammate, Rams player T.J. Moe, is showing his support for Michael.
Michael Sam’s Teammate Speaks Out: He’s ‘Treated Like Anyone Else’
T.J. doesn’t believe Michael’s sexual orientation affects their team — he says the player’s treated like the rest of the guys.
“There’s a 90-man roster right now. It doesn’t go 89, and then Michael Sam’s over there — this is the gay team, this is the straight team. Michael Sam is on this team and he’s treated just like anyone else,” he told the Tampa Tribune.
What do YOU think about Tony’s comments that he “doesn’t want to deal” with everything that comes with drafting an openly-gay player, HollywoodLifers? Let us know!
— Megan Ross