The news that former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam is gay holds significant social and cultural ramifications. But from a purely football perspective, his decision to come out prior to May’s NFL draft will make his path to the league daunting, eight NFL executives and coaches told SI.com.
"I don’t think football is ready for [an openly gay player] just yet," said an NFL player personnel assistant. "In the coming decade or two, it’s going to be acceptable, but at this point in time it’s still a man’s-man game. To call somebody a [gay slur] is still so commonplace. It’d chemically imbalance an NFL locker room and meeting room."
This absolute crap saying that since football is a “man’s-man game” that there is no room for gay players?! If those players can’t deal with having a gay teammate by their side and in the locker room in at least a professional if not friendly manner then they are not true men. It’s called respect and it goes both ways: Sam should be respectful of the league and the league should be respectful of Sam. It doesn’t seem that the league is going to let this happen though. It pisses me off that his draft pick could fall due to something that does not affect his playing ability. Waiting a “decade or two” is not the answer to this problem and I hope that people can at the very least understand respect and tolerance.