Keith Olbermann Destroys Tony Dungy For Homophobic Michael Sam Comment: VIDEO


Former NFL coach-turned-NBC analyst Tony Dungy said this week that he would not have taken the NFL’s first openly gay player Michael Sam onto a team, “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.”

WorstReferring to Sam’s homosexuality, Dungy added, “It’s not going to be totally smooth… things will happen.”

Soon after, commentator Keith Olbermann took Dungy to task by mentioning that in 2007 Dungy supported an Indiana same-sex marriage ban, and in 2009 Dungy also argued for the re-admission of dog-fighter Michael Vick into the NFL.

Considering his stance on Vick, The Orlando Sentinel’s George Diaz points out Dugger’s hypocrisy:

Vick’s crime was dog-fighting. Those who didn’t make the cut were shot, beaten and electrocuted. Three dogs were hanged, according to a report by the USDA inspector general, “by placing a nylon cord over a 2 x 4 that was nailed to two trees.” Three more dogs drowned after Vick’s crew put their heads in a 5 gallon bucket of water…

But Dungy has a serious problem on his hands trying to explain why a gay player is a bigger distraction as a guy who killed dogs. Since, you know, that wasn't a big story. #sarcasm…

Sam’s crime? He kissed a guy. On National TV, the day he was drafted by the St. Louis Rams…

“I believe in second chances for people who admit their mistakes and are committed to changing,” Dungy said…

But apparently Tony Dungy is not a big believer in first chances for someone who has made no mistakes, and all he is asking for is an opportunity.

In an e-mail statement responding to Dungy’s comments, GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said, “Talent is not a distraction. Michael Sam is first and foremost an excellent football player. That Tony Dungy can only see Michael Sam for his sexual orientation reflects how far out of touch Dungy has fallen with the NFL, which values a player because of his skill, not because of who he loves.”

Watch Olbermann's takedown of Dungy AFTER THE JUMP…


  1. Derrick from Philly says

    Perhaps if Tony Dungy’s son (James) had met someone like Michael Sam…well, maybe James would have never committed suicide at age 19.


  2. Nick says

    KO is spot on and of course-Dungy is a notorious Christianist who is informed by his interpretation of the buy-bull. His rigid adherence to imaginary characters was well known in locker rooms throughout the NFL-
    and his promotion of its tenets often crossed the line in prayer meetings and attempts to coerce others to his view of “a proper life”.

  3. Tre says

    What’s amazing to me, is that Keith Olbermann may express his opinions, but they have been NO WHERE NEAR as stupid, bigoted and inflammatory as both Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly, yet they still have a platform on FOXNews, while Keith is no longer with MSNBC.

    Kinda proves that the right-wing has a thirst and need for tabloid mentality I guess.

  4. Escaped says

    It’s pretty widely known that Dungy’s 18-year old son James was a closeted teen who killed himself rather than come out to his father.

    Dungy puts up a façade of calm, mild-mannered “Christian” dad, but the statement made by his son’s ending his own life exposes Dungy as a horrible parent.

    Rest in peace, young James.

  5. dl says

    Hey Keith,
    I remember you at CH 5 in LA, or was it CH 11… 1980???
    (I was 24??)
    Can’t remember – you were incredibly insightful and intelligent and FUNNY
    Fast forward 20 years (to 199x?? my math may have some holes…) you were bouncing around: insightful, intelligent and FUNNY.
    I agree with you 99.9% of the time
    What’s up w/ DRAGGING the “gay guy in pro-sports” through the mud.
    Dungy was guilty of saying “something” instead of “no comment”
    When will it NOT be an issue when a guy/gal admits their orientation – I DON’T care – Let’s play – GAME ON!!!
    Keep up the GREAT work (seriously, you can screw up once every 20 years and I’ll forgive you)

  6. T.McG says

    Keith Olbermann couldn’t hold Tony Dungy’s jock. Olbermann has become a cartoon. He can’t separate his political diatribe from his sports reporting. This will be the fifth job he has lost since his mind went batso over left-wing ideology.

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