Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts coach and current NBC analyst Tony Dungy told The Tampa Tribune that he would not have drafted Michael Sam because of potential distractions to the team.
“I wouldn’t have taken him,” said Dungy, who is the first black coach to win a Super Bowl. “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.”
According to an article on Indystar.com, Dungy addressed Sam’s coming out in February, saying, “The NFL has always been based on merit, and I think that will continue to be the case with Michael Sam and the issue of homosexuality or anything else. Guys who produce and play well will be welcomed into the league.”
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