Jan 3, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Michael Sam (52) runs on the field before the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at the 2014 Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium. Missouri beat Oklahoma State 41-31.

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff doesn't need to check with locker room on drafting Michael Sam

There has been a lot of talk about Missouri Tigers defensive end Michael Sam since he came out, mainly whether he would be a distraction and which team would be a good fit for him. It seems live general manager after general manager is coming out commending Sam and saying he would be a good fit.

“We recognize and appreciate the courage that Michael Sam demonstrated with his recent announcement,” Falcons G.M. Thomas Dimitroff said, adding that Sam’s sexuality “will have no bearing on how we evaluate him as a football player.  If we deem Michael Sam as being an ideal fit for us as a football player and . . . having upside to play in this league, we would consider the acquisition.  But that’s what I would say about any player in this year’s draft.”

And would he be a fit, and how would it impact the locker room? Dimitroff said he wouldn’t investigate because they don’t do it with any other new player.

“No one knows the impact in a locker room for any acquisition until he’s in the locker room and interacting with our team,” Dimitroff said.  “It doesn’t matter who that acquisition is.  Period.”

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