Bill Belichick says Michael Sam will be evaluated like any other player

Jan 11, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the sidelines during the second quarter of the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game against the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 11, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the sidelines during the second quarter of the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game against the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Everyone involved in the sports world is either being asked about Missouri Tigers’ defensive end Michael Sam coming out as a homosexual or is issuing a statement about the situation.

Rather than be forced to answer any questions on Monday, New England Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick decided to take the other route.

Belichick issued a statement on the matter via Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston.

“We evaluate all the players, including Michael Sam, based on the totality of who they are and who can best contribute to our team and organization, regardless of the matters being discussed today. They all have strengths, they all have weaknesses and no two human beings are identical. Our scouting staff has performed extensive work on Michael, both this season and going back throughout his career. That work will continue through the draft process this spring.”

Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft also discussed the situation on Monday, telling reporters he thought Sam’s announcement was “good for America.”

Topics: Bill Belichick, Michael Sam, New England Patriots

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