Reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year Michael Sam made some waves this past weekend when he announced that he was in fact a gay man, which will ultimately make him the first openly gay player in the NFL once he’s drafted in this May’s NFL Draft, which he will be and possibly at a high pick.
Since the announcement, we’ve had a lot of folks from all walks of the sports, entertainment and politics world weigh in with their two cents, most of it being positive.
But, how about the man that actually runs the NFL, Roger Goodell?
Well, we now know his take on the situation and you can add it to the list of positive feedback, as Goodell welcomes the opportunity to have Sam be a part of his league.
“Good for him,” Goodell said while addressing Sam’s announcement at Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition “Wall Street Project” in New York City. “He’s proud of who he is and had the courage to say it. Now he wants to play football. We have a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. We will have further training and make sure that everyone understands our commitment. We truly believe in diversity and this is an opportunity to demonstrate it.”
Of all the people that Sam has heard from so far with their ringing endorsement of his choice to come out publicly, it has to be a little more special to get one from the man running your future place of employment.