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8 NFL Execs Who Don't Have Courage to Give Their Names Predict Draft Stock Drop for Michael Sam

Missouri all-American Michael Sam has received lots of support since coming out last night, but eight NFL executives and coaches (who don't have the courage to give their names) "project a significant drop in Sam's draft stock, a publicity circus and an NFL locker room culture not prepared to deal with an openly gay player" according to Sports Illustrated.

M_samOr maybe it's just a couple of writers who wants to spin Sam's groundbreaking announcement into something negative. In any case, there's so much "gay panic" in this article it's nauseating.

Said one personnel assistant:

"I don't think football is ready for [an openly gay player] just yet. In the coming decade or two, it's going to be acceptable, but at this point in time it's still a man's-man game. To call somebody a [gay slur] is still so commonplace. It'd chemically imbalance an NFL locker room and meeting room."

"You're going to have to have one confident general manager or head coach that is certainly entrenched in his position and established to draft a player like that It's one thing to have Chris Kluwe or Brendon Ayanbadejo, advocates for gay rights, on your team. It's another to have a current confirmed player."

A veteran NFL scout said:

"I just know with this going on this is going to drop him down. There's no question about it. It's human nature. Do you want to be the team to quote-unquote 'break that barrier?'"

A former general manager:

"That will break a tie against that player. Every time. Unless he's Superman. Why? Not that they're against gay people. It's more that some players are going to look at you upside down. Every Tom, Dick and Harry in the media is going to show up, from Good Housekeeping to the Today show. A general manager is going to ask, 'Why are we going to do that to ourselves?'"

Said an assistant coach:

"There are guys in locker rooms that maturity-wise cannot handle it or deal with the thought of that. There's nothing more sensitive than the heartbeat of the locker room. If you knowingly bring someone in there with that sexual orientation, how are the other guys going to deal with it? It's going to be a big distraction. That's the reality. It shouldn't be, but it will be."

Yahoo Sports writer Charles Robinson pretty much sums up how revolting this kind of reaction is. Tweets Robinson: "Says a lot about the NFL when Michael Sam goes on the record as being a gay athlete but NFL general managers want anonymity to talk about it".

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  1. All he needs is one brilliant, hungry, sports agent.

    Posted by: mike | Feb 10, 2014 9:23:03 AM

  2. It's not the NFL that's not ready, it's just some of the homophobic, insecure guys that make it up. Funny how we are such a threat to their manhood.

    Posted by: Jack M | Feb 10, 2014 9:28:10 AM

  3. They are probably right. His stock will fall some, there will be players who won't like it, and there will be a media freak show around the NFL team that drafts him (there is no question about his talent so he will be drafted). Nothing wrong with them saying that. At the end of the day, if he plays well (I've seen him playing much of this past season), it will all sort itself out.

    Posted by: Perry | Feb 10, 2014 9:29:21 AM

  4. "There's nothing more sensitive than the heartbeat of the locker room."


    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Feb 10, 2014 9:31:36 AM

  5. Shame on them. I am sure this hot handsome guy will do fine.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Feb 10, 2014 9:35:18 AM

  6. I think all these people must be named!

    Posted by: litper | Feb 10, 2014 9:41:41 AM

  7. Well given this is a frist, one should expect a variety of responses, both supportive and not. We have talked about this day for years, and well, we are at the day!! Good for him!!!

    Posted by: Tom | Feb 10, 2014 9:43:59 AM

  8. Hmmm, seems these anti-gay anonymous commenters have some serious personal "chemical imbalances" to deal with. They must think NFL football - in the eyes of star SEC college player Michael Sam - is a man-on-man game instead of a man's-man one. It appears these homophobes believe today's NFL games are watched on pre-remote controlled black & white TV sets without instant reply capabilities. Idiots!

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Feb 10, 2014 9:44:38 AM

  9. It's funny how the anonymous personal assistant talks about how much football is a "man's-man" sport and that having an out gay player will "chemically imbalance an NFL locker room and meeting room". Really?! Yet this bozo, along with the other anonymous dicks, don't have the BALLS to show their names or faces to Sports Illustrated. Big bunch of cowards.

    The only true manly man is Michael Sam. I wish nothing but the best for him.

    Posted by: Jamie | Feb 10, 2014 9:52:04 AM

  10. ..amazing aint it..but they're all good with "Baby daddies" - with kids from all different women

    Posted by: disgusted american | Feb 10, 2014 9:52:52 AM

  11. @Mike - actually he's already signed with a team of agents and has Howard Bragman - who helped Meredith Baxter, Chely Wright and a whole bunch of other folks come out - as his publicist. I have a feeling he'll do fine - and likely will get some endorsements (which should make up any financial shortfall from being drafted later, if that happens) that aren't usually open to rookie defensive players.

    Posted by: CPT_Doom | Feb 10, 2014 9:53:09 AM

  12. They can't deal with a law abiding great player but Aaron Hernandez - who had trouble with the law way before he was with the Patriots, was fine?

    He had better get signed.

    Posted by: Taylor | Feb 10, 2014 9:54:36 AM

  13. My money is on most of the anonymous are closet cases....

    Posted by: Ankerich | Feb 10, 2014 9:54:44 AM

  14. Re: The veteran NFL scout

    No, it's not human nature. At all.

    Posted by: Taylor | Feb 10, 2014 9:57:51 AM

  15. My (Houston) right wing (Clear Channel, of course) radio stations are saying it's a publicity stunt and he "has to be" drafted in an early round, else the NFL and all 32 owners will be sued (which would have to be in Federal court) for some form of discrimination --- which isn't Federally recognized.

    What idiocy, when ENDA can't even get passed by Congress to protect the Federal government's and contractors' employees.

    The wing nuts are probably imagining Obama will decree ENDA by executive order; meanwhile, the NFL is somehow a Federal contractor --- which might explain why the league and all of the teams are the only Federally tax-exempt sport in the country.

    Unleash the conspiracists!

    Posted by: Hansel Currywurst | Feb 10, 2014 9:59:25 AM

  16. You might consider the possibility that the 'cowards' who comment anonymously just MIGHT not want to risk being sued if Sams ends up on their team & ends up getting released at some point (after the currently ongoing Kluwe debacle). Or they know that they will be slammed by the pro-homosexual media for doing so. After all, they were just acknowledging the reality of the situation; it's not as though they were labeling Sams a pervert.

    Posted by: Rich | Feb 10, 2014 10:03:29 AM

  17. If not now, then when, dear NFL? Stop making excuses for the ignorant.

    Posted by: GILA | Feb 10, 2014 10:06:43 AM

  18. Sure not eveyone's going to like it but all it takes is one team that has the balls and the foresight to draft Mr. Sam to their team solely on his abilities and talent. There is always someone to be the "first" to break down some barrier and in this case it will be Michael Sam.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Feb 10, 2014 10:07:53 AM

  19. Also consider the strong likelihood that their teams' PR people have advised them not to bring adverse publicity & criticism toward their specific teams. Take note of one poster's threatening comment, "He had better get signed."

    Posted by: Rich | Feb 10, 2014 10:08:32 AM

  20. What bothers me are the arguments that coaches do not want him subjected to the harassment he'd likely face in the locker room. Much like the military, if you cannot control your "cadets," then you're not a very good coach.

    Abuse and harassment should just not be tolerated in the locker room. Period. You don't penalize a gay player for the faults of others. They are employees. Anyone who works knows there is certain behavior that just isn't tolerated at work. Period.

    Posted by: Sam | Feb 10, 2014 10:11:01 AM

  21. haha, the right-wing troll Rick is having a serious mental breakdown, somebody call an ambulance!

    Posted by: litper | Feb 10, 2014 10:13:35 AM

  22. Ignorant cowards

    Posted by: Sean | Feb 10, 2014 10:16:43 AM

  23. These are, of course, exactly the same "concerns" that homophobes had about openly gay military service. Newsflash, haters: we have openly gay Navy SEALS, openly gay Army Rangers, openly gay Marines, etc., and everyone gets along just fine.

    The college-educated athletes of the NFL will have no problem at all integrating gay players onto their teams. These anonymous sources underestimate the professionalism of their players.

    Posted by: BABH | Feb 10, 2014 10:24:52 AM

  24. I can't wait for the day when this isn't a big deal. Gay players have every right to live openly. The prospect that he may not be signed because of his honesty though is troubling, but I'm optimistic.

    Posted by: Manler | Feb 10, 2014 10:30:57 AM

  25. I can't wait for the day when this isn't a big deal. Gay players have every right to live openly. The prospect that he may not be signed because of his honesty though is troubling, but I'm optimistic.

    Posted by: Manler | Feb 10, 2014 10:31:20 AM

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