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Michael Sam on Tony Dungy: ‘Thank God He Wasn’t the St. Louis Rams Coach’

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St. Louis Rams rookie Michael Sam (96) runs a play during the first day of organizaed team activities at Rams Park in Earth City, Missouri on June 5, 2014. Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

St. Louis Rams rookie Michael Sam (96) runs a play during the first day of organizaed team activities at Rams Park in Earth City, Missouri on June 5, 2014. Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - On Tuesday, Michael Sam responded to Tony Dungy’s comment that he wouldn’t have taken the openly gay St. Louis Rams rookie in the draft because he would be a “distraction.”

“Thank God he wasn’t the St. Louis Rams coach,” Sam told ESPN, laughing. “I have a lot of respect for Coach Dungy, and like everyone in America, everyone is entitled to their own opinions.”

Dungy later clarified the comments, releasing a statement that said in part, “What I was asked about was my philosophy of drafting, a philosophy that was developed over the years, which was to minimize distractions for my teams. I do not believe Michael’s sexual orientation will be a distraction to his teammates or his organization.

“I do, however, believe that the media attention that comes with it will be a distraction. Unfortunately we are all seeing this play out now, and I feel badly that my remarks played a role in the distraction.”

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