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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