Outsports writer hopes Michael Sam doesn't land with Cowboys, Jets, Redskins
An Outsports.com writer is concerned about Michael Sam landing with the Jets, Cowboys or Redskins.
Former Missouri defensive end and SEC Defensive Player of the Year Michael Sam recently announced publicly that he is gay. Following that announcement, there was a revealing piece on Outsports.com from Cyd Zeigler about the behind-the-scenes work to get Sam's news out there.
So Zeigler, naturally, got asked to do some radio. And while he was on with EOF amigos Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhler on 106.7 the Fan in D.C., Zeigler was asked what teams might work -- and what teams might not work -- for Sam. He named names.
“He can work on any team with decent leadership," Zeigler said. "I pray to God he doesn’t end up on the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Jets or the Washington Redskins. I think those three teams – they have poor leadership, but most of the other teams in the NFL have guys -- the coaching staff, the front office and locker room -- who are equipped to deal with this."
Without hijacking Zeigler's train of thought here, but with an assist from his Twitter page, I don't think he's saying the Redskins, Cowboys and Jets front offices won't be accepting of a gay player. I think -- and I stress think -- that Zeigler's saying he's just concerned about the front offices of those teams in general when it comes to football-related matters (or in the case of the Jets, that they are oftentimes a gigantic circus).
@christopherwynn I definitely overstated it with "I pray to God." Leadership is key, but any team that wants him is a good spot for him.— Cyd Zeigler (@CydZeigler) February 18, 2014
The reality is wherever Sam lands it's going to be a pretty big circus for several weeks at minimum. Him coming out in advance of the NFL Combine and the 2014 NFL Draft is a massive, massive deal.
Whoever lands him ideally has the best possible infrastructure in place to deal with the influx of publicity coming that team's way.
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