Since Missouri Tigers defensive end Michael Sam came out, there has been debate about whether it would be a locker room distraction and what teams would be a fit for him. Sam’s agent, Joe Barkett, has one particular team in mind, the San Diego Chargers.
“You know, I think the Chargers would be a great fit for him, especially considering the way that they handled the Manti Te’o issue,” Barkett told Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego. “It seemed to blow over very easily once the first game had happened. I think that’d be a great spot for him to land. And he’d be close to us.”
Te’o of course came into the league with that lingering fake-dead girlfriend case. Everyone will be paying attention to the combine to see how he performs and how he handles interviews.
“I expect it to be pretty big,” Barkett said of Sam’s interview session in Indianapolis. “We’re working with the NFL right now to see what the most appropriate way there is for Mike to address the media. Obviously, everybody is going to want to hear what he has to say. . . .
“He definitely will be addressing the media. We’re just trying to figure out what the best forum is for doing that.”