Michael Sam, who made historical past in 2014 when he was the primary overtly homosexual soccer participant to be drafted within the NFL, commented on the not too long ago surfaced Jon Gruden emails on Wednesday.
Sam was talking at an internet occasion for Augusta University in Georgia when he commented on the Gruden emails, based on USA Today.
“It’s unfortunate especially that the first active gay player who’s playing is on the same team,” he stated referencing Carl Nassib, who got here out as homosexual within the offseason and is the primary overtly homosexual energetic NFL participant in historical past.
A bombshell report from the New York Times on Monday night time revealed Gruden, whereas he was a commentator at ESPN, despatched homophobic, misogynistic and different distasteful emails to former Washington Football Team president Bruce Allen between 2010 and 2018. The back-and-forth got here earlier than Gruden signed a 10-year, $100 million contract with the Las Vegas Raiders.
Gruden in not less than one email, based on the Times, referred to as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell an anti-gay slur and a “clueless anti-football p—y” and argued that Goodell shouldn’t have allegedly pressured then-St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher to draft “queers,” in reference to Sam.
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The email appeared to indicate a whole disconnect from Gruden’s messaging when his personal participant Carl Nassib got here out as homosexual earlier than the beginning of the 2021 season and have become the primary energetic overtly homosexual NFL participant.
“So it almost seems like you know how the whole team would rally around (Nassib), but again, it almost seems like it was just for show. So are you really a part of it, or are you not?” stated Sam, who was on the rosters for the St. Louis Rams and Dallas Cowboys however by no means performed in a regular-season NFL sport.
“It’s moving in that direction (of acceptance), so if you’re not a part of it, you need to find another profession.”
Sam added he would hope the NFL “will definitely crack down on bigotry like that.”
Nassib was granted a private day Thursday amid the fallout from the scandal.
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