The Michael Sam story is “out there” and now the opinions begin

February 10, 2014 | Drew Forrester

The Michael Sam story is “out there” and now the opinions begin

I’ll apologize in advance for writing about Missouri defensive end Michael Sam this morning.

It sort of falls under the category of “if you don’t write about it, you’re not doing your job” — despite the fact that I personally couldn’t care less about Sam’s sexuality.

I’m the guy, you might have heard me say over the years, who once employed a soccer player who was bi-sexual.  It was known before he came to Baltimore to play for me — and most of my players were aware of this “strange dude”, as one or two called him — but I couldn’t have possibly cared less.  I needed good soccer players, period.  He was one, so I was more than happy to have him.

I had one or two challenging things — making sure his road roommate was comfortable, etc. — but by and large, his time with the team was smooth sailing.  If only he actually would have played well for me, I might have kept him around a lot longer.

Fast forward to the Michael Sam story.  For the first time ever, a team in the NFL will have to employ a gay football player.  I wrote the words “have to” because Sam is getting selected in the May draft.  That’s a done deal.  Where?  Who knows…

There will also be teams who pass on Sam despite an “obvious” need for a defensive end and they’ll need to answer those questions when they don’t select him if he’s available.

Then there will be the inevitable first-time, big story that surfaces in the locker room of the team that does draft him when a player throws a sexually derogative taunt at Sam.  What happens then?

Akil Patterson, an openly gay athlete who formerly played football at Maryland, joined me from 6am-7:30am to talk about his history and the Sam story and shed some light on the issue from a gay man’s perspective.

I have a lot more to add, but Akil’s in with me now, so I better go back to doing radio.

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  1. lakerboy Says:

    Any behavior that distracts players from focusing on their immediate ojective (winning) is problematic. The position of the league hierarchy and team management doesn’t really matter, it’s about how Sam’s peers react to his choice. If they are not distracted by it, and view him merely as a player, there shouldn’t be a problem. If on the other hand they’re wierded out by taking a shower with a man who is openly homosexual, there may be an issue.

  2. The Armchair QB Says:

    I’m not sure why anyone feels compelled to disclose such highly personal information because it’s no one else’s business. In fact, in the final analysis, who cares what people do in the PRIVACY of their own bedrooms?!

  3. unitastoberry Says:

    As long as you don’t break any laws who cares what you do with your sexuality? Privacy is the key. Sack the QB and stop the run for 60 minutes! Just win baby!

  4. Jason Manelli Says:

    What are the odd’s it would be a defensive lineman? Now that the air is cleared, how long before all the the place kickers and punters in the league come out? In all seriousness, long past time to get over this and just accept people for who they are.

  5. CNC Orioles Fan Says:

    Big deal. He wants a pity party for his deviant life. I hope he’s not drafted because no team wants a deviant cancer in the locker room.

  6. tsnamm Says:

    Seriously…is this “news” anymore? Gays have been “coming out of the closet” since the 70′s…the worst part is some of these morons comparing him to Jackie Robinson…please, 15 mimutes are up.

  7. tsnamm Says:

    minutes

  8. marty Says:

    From what I gather he’s a late 2nd early 3rd round talent at best. His motives are obvious, hold the NFL hostage so they are forced to pick him higher than he should. He made the cover of Sports Illustrated. With the Winter Olympics in full gear in Sochi the focus should be there, not on some cheap publicity stunt as a ploy for a higher draft pick. I hope Goodell and the other 32 owners don’t blink and he goes where he should, late 2nd, early 3rd.

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