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Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers Coach Tony Dungy ‘Wouldn’t Have Taken’ Michael Sam

July 21st, 2014 at 9:53 PM
By Michael Compton

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.

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“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.”

The St. Louis Rams used one of the final picks in May’s draft to take Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL, in the seventh round.

According to an article on, 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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