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Mike Florio defends Tony Dungy on Michael Sam comments
Former NFL coach Tony Dungy caused quite a stir by saying he would not have drafted Michael Sam, the league’s first openly gay draftee.
Dungy, who works as an NBC football analyst, told the Tampa Tribune:
“I wouldn’t have taken him. 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.’’
“When you look at the full article, and what seemed to be an amalgamation of different snippets from different people and the use of ellipses in Tony’s remarks, he said more than what was in there and I’d love to know the full content of everything he said to Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune.”
“I know it’s popular to say, ‘well, if Branch Rickey would have felt this way, Jackie Robinson never would have broken the color barrier.’ Michael Sam is not a first round pick. It’s very different if this is a clear cut, can’t miss prospect who’s going to come in and be as good as a Jackie Robinson was. You’ve got a different level of mindset. This is a roster bubble player.”
“I think part of the distraction of drafting Michael Sam comes from possibly having to cut Michael Sam. He is a bubble player. Les Snead, the GM of the Rams told me that one of the reasons they drafted him was because they planned to try to recruit two defensive ends to sign with the Rams on draft day. They knew that because of all of the great defensive ends that they have, they were going to have a hard time persuading someone to voluntarily join the Rams, ‘so, let’s go ahead and draft another defensive end in this spot because otherwise we are going to have a hard time getting one.’ That means Michael Sam is going to have a hard time making this team.”
“Part of the distraction is if you cut him, you are going to be scrutinized. Why did you cut him? What happened? What happened in the locker room? Did your team not accept him? Did you decide you had a change of heart? Was there a power struggle internally about whether or not you want to keep him? I think that’s part of it, and I’d love to see everything that Tony said because when I see dot-dot-dot in a quote I think that there is more there and I’d love to see all of it because it could change or at least adjust the meaning of what was said.”