Former NFL coach wouldn’t have taken Michael Sam

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How soon we forget.

Former Colts and Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy says if he was running the St. Louis Rams he would have not selected linebacker Michael Sam in this year’s NFL Draft.

Sam, the first openly gay player to be taken in the draft – and the SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 — was taken in the seventh round by the Rams.

Dungy, who won a Super Bowl win Indianapolis in 2006, told the Tampa Bay Tribune he “wouldn’t have taken” Sam.

He said “not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.  It’s not going to be totally smooth… things will happen.”

Listen, Dungy is entitled to his opinion, but isn’t this the same person who had to endure racial inequality has he rose through the ranks of the NFL?

Isn’t Dungy the same guy who vocally supported Michael Vick during his darkest days?

And didn’t Dungy encourage Tim Tebow to keep giving it that college try at the NFL level?

So he wouldn’t want to deal with Sam and his apparent distracting sexuality… but a dog murderer and a guy who couldn’t play in this league were not a distraction?

Sorry Tony, the Michael Sam story might not be totally smooth, but it will only be a distraction to those who choose to make it one.

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