Current NBC analyst and former head coach of the Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tony Dungy stated that if he were still a NFL head coach, he wouldn't of drafted Michael Sam. Sam is the first openly gay player in league history who was drafted by the St. Louis Rams back in the draft in May.
Dungy told the Tampa Tribune, "I wouldn't have taken him, 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.''
Dungy is the highest-profile person in the NFL world to put his name behind his viewpoint that Sam would cause a major distraction and would be more troublesome than he is actually worth to any team.
The Rams do merit some credit for not letting the comments deter them from picking Sam. We will never know what teams looked at, the homosexual player based solely on his sexual orientation, or whether they passed him up based on his athletic ability.
Dungy's comment about "things may happen" may be very plausible, but not on any part of Sam and being a player for the NFL.