On Sunday night, former Missouri Tigers defensive end Michael Sam made the brave decision to reveal he is a homosexual less than two weeks before the NFL Scouting Combine. Sam was ready for everyone to know who he is before any information leaked, but many have wondered if that would come at a cost.
While we wish that wasn’t the case and that NFL teams would evaluate Sam as strictly a player, the harsh reality is that some teams and decision makers will be turned off by the news.
That is reflected in a Sports Illustrated report from Sunday night where eight NFL executives and coaches said that they expect a “significant” fall for Sam on draft day.
The report claims that one NFL executive said he does not anticipate teams will want to take on the “publicity circus” that would come with drafting Sam and that teams are “not prepared to deal with an openly gay player.”
One day we will hopefully reach a point where a player’s sexual preference is not so highly discussed and that it will not affect the player’s draft stock, but where we stand now it appears that some teams around the NFL are not ready to accept a player for who he is like the Missouri Tigers were able to do this past season.
It is truly a shame.