COLUMBIA, Mo. (CBS St. Louis/AP) — The father of an NFL prospect who came out as gay says he was “terribly misquoted” by a recent story in The New York Times.
Michael Sam Sr., father of Missouri All-American Michael Sam, told The Galveston Daily News that his comments were taken out of context in the story.
In the Times story, Sam Sr. reacted negatively to his son coming out as gay.
“I couldn’t eat no more, so I went to Applebee’s to have drinks,” he told the Times. “I don’t want my grandkids raised in that kind of environment.”
He continued: “I’m old school. I’m a man-and-a-woman type of guy.”
Talking to the Daily News, Sam Sr. stated that he doesn’t have any problems with his son’s sexuality and that his quotes weren’t accurately described.
“I did not say anything about my grandkids,” he said.
In the Times story, Sam Sr. was quoted as saying that Hall of Fame defensive end Deacon Jones was “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,” he told the Daily News.
The Times told the Daily News that Sam Sr. was quoted “accurately and fairly.”
In interviews with ESPN, The New York Times and Outsports that were published Sunday, Michael Sam said he came out to all his teammates and coaches at Missouri in August.
“I am an openly, proud gay man,” he said.
Sam will participate in the NFL combine later this month in Indianapolis and is currently projected to be a mid-round draft pick in May. If he is drafted, he could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL.
“It’s a big deal. No one has done this before. And it’s kind of a nervous process, but I know what I want to be … I want to be a football player in the NFL,” he told ESPN.
The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Sam participated in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., last month after leading the Southeastern Conference in sacks (11.5) and tackles for loss (19). He was the SEC defensive player of the year.
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