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".

Comments

  1. Perry says

    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.

  2. Tom says

    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!!!

  3. HadenoughBS says

    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!

  4. Jamie says

    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.

  5. CPT_Doom says

    @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.

  6. Taylor says

    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.

  7. Hansel Currywurst says

    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!

  8. Rich says

    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.

  9. SpaceCadet says

    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.

  10. Rich says

    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.”

  11. Sam says

    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.

  12. BABH says

    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.

  13. Manler says

    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.

  14. Manler says

    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.

  15. Manler says

    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.

  16. Manler says

    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.

  17. Manler says

    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.

  18. anon says

    It’s like what I was thinking when I heard this last night. What NFL owner wants to sign a gay player and break up his image as a tough macho individual? They’re all rabid homophobes in the upper reaches of the NFL. What coach would risk all his endorsement deals by signing a gay player? It’s the gay virus problem. Associate with gay men and you get infected. The beer companies that pay coaches money aren’t going to want a gay marketing image for their product so the coach is not going to sign a gay player. The owners are going to risk ticket sales and payouts from TV commercials either.

  19. FFS says

    Signing an openly gay male athlete to the NFL will be a dark day, indeed. Because showers. Just like showering next to openly gay soldiers brought the U.S. Armed Forces to their knees.

    Oh, wait.

  20. Derrick from Philly says

    Well, the Philadelphia Eagles need a good defensive end. I can only hope.

    Defensive end? Tight end? Wide Reciever? Full back/Running Back? Why do football terms sound so homoerotic?

    Why are football players’ unforms so homoerotic?

    Basketball players used to have homoerotic uniforms. Now they wear those damn ugly bloomers…and that’s just why I don’t watch the game anymore.

  21. john patrick says

    Oh my gosh! All those tough, brawny, macho men are just going to wilt and get the faints if a gay guy is on their team. Why, he might even give a glance at their “equipment” when they are in the shower. That would be so mortifying. They would feel so violated, and their manhood would be at risk.

    All this silly stuff. I guess what the anonymous owners and coaches (who don’t have half the guts as an openly gay man) are saying is that their players are a bunch of immature twelve year olds whose masculinity would be threatened by an openly gay man.

  22. JackFknTwist says

    It’s the anonymous creeps that don’t have the b@ll$:
    Where are the investigative sports journalists to expose and name and denounce these back stabbing turd$.

  23. jomicur says

    Why don’t they just admit that the NFL is an organization of troglodytes (with rare and marvelous exceptions like Chris Kluwe) and be done with it? Most people already know it. Pretending it’s something other than what it is accomplishes what, exactly?

  24. ratbastard says

    It’s about $, period. The suits feel he would negatively affect their brand among the general population. He also wouldn’t get the same kind sponsorship opportunities.

  25. ascanius1 says

    i’m hoping as the concussion and brain trauma scandal continues to unfold, american football will gradually fade into the background.

    with what is known already, parents allowing their children to play the game are being negligent. those who actively encourage it are outright abusive.

  26. Jersey says

    These are the same ignorant jerks who thought the military couldn’t handle out gay men and women in their ranks. They’ve been discredited time and time again. These are the idiots who should be fired.

  27. Matt says

    I think the press is just playing things up. Based on what I hear, the guy is a great ball player and should go early in the draft. I think (and hope) this will be the non-story that the military was.

  28. Wally says

    Reminds me of a Southern racist bigot coach talking about having a black player on his NFL team in the 1950s……”I don’t think we’re ready to accept a Negro player yet. It would be too disruptive for our white players to have to sit next to or shower with Negroes. Maybe in the 1960s or 70s it will happen, but we are still too racist right now.”

  29. John Freeman says

    If football is a “man’s man sport” he should fit right in. I’m so tired of these sports morons being quoted as though they have something intelligent to say.

  30. andrew says

    Michael Sam is one awesome young man. I hope he is strong enough and his shoulders are broad enough to achieve great success as a football player, and the role model he is becoming to young gays interested in sports. Actually he is probably also a role model for all young people who want to live lives freely embracing diversity.

  31. Jersey says

    Seriously the more I think of this the more pi**ed I get. These neanderthals should be named and shamed for being the complete morons they are. Sam’s college team-mates were fine with him and I’m sure the players on any NFL team would be too. These ignorant sh**-stains need to get out of the way of progress.

  32. says

    @ HANSEL CURRYWURST — The NFL has a collective bargaining agreement that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, which might give rise to some sort of legal claim. I’m not sure if it protects new players, and he might need to go through some sort of mediation or arbitration process, but he could have a claim. Additionally, a number of the teams are in states or municipalities that have protections for employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

  33. Jersey says

    As ignorant as these execs are it warms my cold heart to see the supportive reactions of the players. Things really are changing for the better and it makes me proud.

  34. says

    @Wally
    Absolutely. Replace ‘gay’ with ‘black’ in the anonymous statements and the parallels are obvious. Discrimination. Only this time they get to hide behind anonymity.

    Surprised SI agreed to this.

    Here’s an idea SI. How about I write your magazine an article and include a dozen anonymous quotes and say they’re from coaches, agents, owners, scouts, and players all proclaiming that out gay players are fully accepted, that endorsement deals are abundant, and that they’ve been waiting for this moment for years. Would you publish it?

  35. Chuck Mielke says

    I see some interesting patterns: ( 1) “… it’s still a man’s-man game” iow, “the fans won’t accept gay players” Well, it hasn’t hurt hockey, basketball, baseball, or soccer. (2) “… That will break a tie against that player” iow, “no one will hire him” Well, that used to be the case in cinema, with a tyranny of casting directors. Today, no one thinks twice about casting Neil Patrick Harris as a womanizer or Rupert Everett as an action character. (3) “… guys… that maturity-wise cannot handle it” iow, “it’ll demoralize the troops and destroy morale” Well, it doesn’t seem to have ruined any army in the world. (4) “… I don’t think football is ready… just yet” iow, “We don’t want to be pried out of our homophobic straight-boys club.” Well, clearly not; they prefer that their men be cowed with threats of being ostracized or bullied by fears of being thought “unmanly,” and that players be sheltered from the reality of gay players in their midst.

    All of these complaints or threats have been voice and found to fail in other institutions and fields. I’m willing to bet that the same will happen now in football. Players will be found to be much more supportive and careless about sexual orientation than the coaches or managers fear; the players know who can play, who will help the team, and that’s what counts.

  36. Greg says

    @Sam
    To your point on coaches needing to control their team and locker room, here’s an anecdote about arguably the greatest coach of all-time, Vince Lombardi
    In his defining biography, “When Pride Still Mattered,” author David Maraniss described the scene of Lombardi charging an assistant to work with one of the gay players, a struggling back named Ray McDonald. “And if I hear one of you people make reference to his manhood,” Lombardi is quoted as saying, “you’ll be out of here before your ass hits the ground.”

  37. says

    LOVING it! seriously. brave man comes out, haters expose themselves as cowards and make their comments from The Closet.

    finally it’s starting to happen more and more – bigots are the new shamed pariahs. YAY!

  38. Chazwm says

    What bullpucky from those unnamed NFL ‘officials’. We have gay men and gay women fighting side by side in the war in Afganistan, working under duress in NGOs around the world in the midsty of civil wars…but NFL people aren’t ready to work with them??? They are the real sissies now!

  39. Robert says

    You have to remember that heterosexual people like their homosexuals nelly and unthreatening. Gay men that at star college athletes are downright unsettling. If Michael Sam is gay…..who else on the team might also be gay?

  40. Rick says

    Well, the good news, as I mentioned to my brother-in-law while talking about this this afternoon–is that it only takes one….only ONE NFL franchise needs to draft him, give him a chance, and support him, not all 32.

    And if he succeeds with that one and helps make them successful, then the other 32 will adjust their attitudes really quickly.

  41. robroy says

    Ugh- how is having a gay guy in the locker room different than women reporters in the locker room?

    Or a Jew in the country club?

    Or an African American?

    Its all too much for a group of physically imposing million Aires to handle…. although it does fall in line with a workforce so appearance conscious that half of them go broke spending $ to impress others.

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