Dolphins owner Ross: Sam's step 'significant,' 'would be welcomed'

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Since Michael Sam announced that he is gay on Sunday night, lots of anonymous NFL general managers and personnel people have come forward with opinions. It's refreshing to have someone go on record, as Dolphins owner Stephen Ross did Wednesday.

The Dolphins issued a statement from Ross calling Sam's announcement "a significant step in sports" and noting that it will "have no bearing" on Miami's evaluation of him leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft.

"Michael Sam's announcement is a significant step in sports and I respect the choice that he made publicly," Ross said. "His announcement will have no bearing either way on our evaluation of him as a player. Dennis Hickey, Joe Philbin and I all agree on the same thing; we'll draft the best players that can help us win football games, have high character and contribute to the community.

"If he is a member of our organization, Michael will be welcomed here with open arms as part of our family."

Look, the Dolphins haven't had the greatest year. They had the whole Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin scandal, which is still ongoing.

Their GM search was a disaster.

And they don't have a great history of handling, um, delicate issues in the draft.

Considering NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith is on record as calling anonymous GM's "gutless," it's nice to see them stepping up and making sure that they handle Sam's entrance into the NFL in a proper and upfront way.

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