Following the discharge of Jon Gruden’s homophobic and racist feedback in emails this week, the primary overtly homosexual NFL participant to be drafted, Michael Sam, spoke out about what Gruden mentioned.
On Wednesday, Sam spoke with Augustana Faculty (Ailing.) in a seminar, and he was requested about Gruden’s emails.
“It’s unlucky, particularly that the primary lively homosexual participant who’s enjoying is on the identical group,” Sam mentioned, by way of USA At present.
Gruden focused Sam instantly in certainly one of his emails, not directly calling Sam a “q—r” to NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell. Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams after his profession at Missouri, and Gruden known as out Goddell for pressuring the Rams to draft Sam.
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Jeff Fisher, the previous Rams coach, responded on Tuesday to the feedback Gruden mentioned concerning the Rams being pressured to draft Sam. Fisher mentioned Goddell by no means compelled the group to draft him; they drafted Sam due to his expertise.
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The primary lively homosexual participant in NFL historical past, Carl Nassib, performs on the Raiders. When Nassib got here out as homosexual in June, Gruden and the Raiders seemed to be supportive of him. Nonetheless, Sam now appears to be like at this with skepticism.
“So it nearly looks like you know the way the entire group would rally round (Nassib), however once more, it nearly looks like it was only for present. So are you actually part of it, or are you not?” Sam mentioned. “It’s shifting in that course (of acceptance), so in the event you’re not part of it, you’ll want to discover one other career.’’
On Wednesday, Nassib took a private day and didn’t attend follow as a result of all of the information revolving round Gruden.
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Though Sam by no means performed on an lively NFL roster (he performed on St. Louis’ and Dallas’ follow squads in 2014), he turned an inspiration to closeted soccer gamers across the nation. Sam admitted that there are nonetheless loads of closeted gamers within the league “who’re struggling…and never in a position to come (out).”