when you parade people around on television and showcase them as a special case simply because of their sexuaity, it defeats the idea of equality.
There are other cases in which I imagine Dungy wouldn’t draft a player because of the distraction he might cause. Players such as Tim Tebow and Johnny Manziel cause similar distractions in the media if not more.
Just look at the ridiculous amount of coverage on Tebow just a few years ago when he was with the Broncos for that crazy, yet hysterical playoff run ( they beat the Steelers!). Tebow was all over Sportscenter and John Fox always had that look of disdain on his face when he was asked about the quarterback who went 2-8 in a game the team managed to win.
Sam will cause the same problems and for the wrong reasons. Unless he is being treated differently because of his sexual preference, then there is no story. He’s a seventh round pick, who will likely be cut (but then again he probably won’t because cutting him could cause an even bigger PR disaster) – that’s it.
this: Manziel is a first round talent, Sam is not. In the NFL talent trumps all. If Jadeveon Clowney (the first overall pick in the draft) was gay he’d still get picked No. 1 because he is talented.
Talking heads and others are calling Dungy hypocritical because he supported Michael Vick when he got out of prison for dogfighting. The two situations are not the same. When Dungy supported Vick (who is also quite talented when healthy) he didn’t sign him as a free agent because he wasn’t a coach. He offered Vick support and guidance from the outside while he was in prison. Dungy isn’t lifting support of Sam, he’s just saying he wouldn’t want to deal with the distractions it may bring.
“But wasn’t Vick a distraction?” To a degree yes he was, but not to the level of a Michael Sam, and again it’s not like Dungy put Vick on his team. He served as a mentor not as a GM, as in this situation.
I have no problem with what Tony Dungy said. I would have drafted Sam if I thought he could help my team, gay or straight, but Dungy’s quote does have merit; it’s not something that should be written off easily.