Dale Hansen, a Dallas-area sports anchor, has offered an epic defense of Michael Sam, the former Missouri star turned NFL prospect who just came out as gay.
Sam, "the SEC defensive player of the year and expected to be a third to fifth-round pick in the NFL draft, tells the world he's gay," Hansen began his most recent commentary."
"The best defensive player in college football's best conference only a third to fifth round NFL pick? Really? That is shocking, and I guess that other thing is, too."
Several NFL officials tell SI that Michael Sam coming out will hurt his draft status, due to its effect in the locker room; it would be uncomfortable, because that's a man's world.
Watch Hansen obliterate that argument in the monologue below:
"It wasn't that long ago," the 65-year-old recalls, "when we were being told that black players couldn't play in 'our games because it would be 'uncomfortable.'"
"And even when they finally could, it took several more years before a black man played quarterback. Because we weren't 'comfortable' with that, either."
"So many of the same people who used to make that argument (and the many who still do) are the same people who say government should stay out of our lives."
"But then want government in our bedrooms. I've never understood how they feel comfortable laying claim to both sides of that argument."
"I'm not always comfortable when a man tells me he's gay; I don't understand his world. But I do understand that he's part of mine."
"Civil rights activist Audre Lord said: "It is not our differences that divide us. It's our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences."
Perhaps these homophobic critics of Sam should take those words to heart ...
Michael Sam father has failed. Fuck all his accomplishments, records, and etc.. yo sons a faggot.@_TreyMal
I'm sorry but there's is no room for Jason Collins & Michael Sam playing a man sport ain't shit manly bout being a fag@DewuanS
I wish they take this faggot michael sam off my fucking screen show some real sports news nd highlights@ILikeTheOCup
MICHAEL SAM U FUCKING FRUITFLY FAG . , NO FAGS ARE ALLOWED IN THE NFL BITCH . GO PLAY ANOTHER SPORT@laeeyo
@WBCSays: Westboro Baptist Church to picket @Mizzou on Saturday, 2/15/14 at 2:30PM!
The fact that all these allegedly "straight" guys are defending this punk/fag Michael Sam makes my stomach tur@Bryan_giveNoFuc
Michael Sam first openly gay athlete in the NFL??? that's freaking disgusting!!!!!! should be kicked out if the NFL and the USA@greyclark24
Michael Sam mouth look like its just wating to gobble dick. He gonna be tryna turn them NFL boys out with a lil head.....@stoplying_hoe
Michael Sam to be the first publicly gay football player in the NFL. Why is it relevant where he stick his genitals? Gross! Your thoughts?@xcerptshow
It's unbelievable how much Michael Sam is being praised for being gay and how criticized Tim Tebow was for being a Christian.@MattKingKonger
michael sam is disgusting. i doubt he gets drafted, way to betray god!KingPaggi3
Michael Sam from Mizzou a fucking fag.@ShitTalkin_Carl
@icanhasbailout: So, message to Michael Sam and those like him: NOBODY WANTS TO HEAR ABOUT A MAN WHO LIKES TO SUCK COCK. GET BACK IN THE FUCKING CLOSET.
these faggots stay coming out the closet fuck michael sam.@ED_THE_TRUTH305
@WezDublin: @ESPNUK: "I'm not afraid to tell the world who I am. I'm Michael Sam: A college graduate, African American, and I'm gay. Fag hahaha.
Fuck Michael sam.@Escobar_Pleaser
I'm already tired of hearing about Michael sam's lust for dick.@cougar_prey
Fuck Michael Sam .. can't even watch ESPN without these anchors making him sound like a hero.. All he did was SUCK cock.@J_Marz_21