Tony Dungy makes unanticipated comments about Michael Sam
Former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, who is trying to become the first openly gay player to make an NFL roster, was selected with one of the final picks of the draft in May by the St. Louis Rams.
While most coaches and front-office personnel aren’t always honest with the media about the firestorm that could come with drafting a player with a unique situation like Sam’s, former Buccaneers and Colts head coach Tony Dungy was nothing but honest when asked about drafting him.
“I wouldn’t have taken him,” Dungy 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.”
I expect Dungy to be scrutinized for his comments, as the gay rights issue is a very sensitive subject in American society. However, he does make a valid point. A big reason Tim Tebow hasn’t been able to break back into the NFL is because of the media circus that follows him everywhere, and the same thing could happen to Sam if he makes the Rams’ opening day roster.
So far, Sam’s transition to the NFL has been pretty smooth, and there’s hasn’t been any issues expressed by Sam or his teammates, but I am sure this situation will be watched closely as the roster is trimmed form 90 to 53.