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Old 02-09-2014, 05:24 PM   #1
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Default Will Michael Sam be the 1st Openly Gay NFL player?

news on ESPN indicates that Michael Sam,
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It's interesting and newsworthy. He's projected to a midlevel pick if i read this article correctly. I wonder though in light of all the other bullying in the NFL, how it will work out? At any rate I thought it was newsworthy of its own thread. It didnt come up with anything when I did a search so if this is a duplicate please do merge mods.

http://m.espn.go.com/general/story?s...0&i=FB&w=1dq47
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Old 02-09-2014, 05:29 PM   #2
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I wouldn't want to see that side-show come to Denver
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Old 02-09-2014, 05:34 PM   #3
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Plus I think if he's gay that's supposed to mean he's a pansy. So he would not be a good football player.
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Old 02-09-2014, 05:49 PM   #4
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I wouldn't want to see that side-show come to Denver
Sideshow? Classy. I'd be proud to root for him as a bronco. It's sad that this even needs to be considered "brave" but so be it.
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Old 02-09-2014, 05:56 PM   #5
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Sideshow? Classy. I'd be proud to root for him as a bronco. It's sad that this even needs to be considered "brave" but so be it.
Look at the Olympics or Military. It's a side show no matter where it goes.
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Look at the Olympics or Military. It's a side show no matter where it goes.
The side show is not a gays person fault or creation, it's the homophobes and disingenuous heterosexual that create the distraction. Michael Sam is just living is life like any normal individual. Certain people have problems with that, to everyone's detriment.
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The side show is not a gays person fault or creation, it's the homophobes and disingenuous heterosexual that create the distraction. Michael Sam is just living is life like any normal individual. Certain people have problems with that, to everyone's detriment.
But knowing about the reaction, he has that choice of coming out to everyone he is gay. It is entirely his choice but it makes easy comments against him. I am not all on Gay life style and such but I don't know how players react to it. If we draft him, I care more about how he plays and how good is he as a teammate. If players don't have an issue with it in the locker room then the only thing to be worried about his the easy target from other fans. Win the SB or he kicks ass and that will wipe the gay comments all away.

One thing I won't be is jumping all over his twitter account or such. Then again, I don't do that for anyone.
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The side show is not a gays person fault or creation, it's the homophobes and disingenuous heterosexual that create the distraction. Michael Sam is just living is life like any normal individual. Certain people have problems with that, to everyone's detriment.
Its from both sides. You got one side ignorant and refusing to accept the other. And you got the other side always wanting to spotlight something they want everyone to view as normal, even when it is in a situation.

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Sideshow? Classy. I'd be proud to root for him as a bronco. It's sad that this even needs to be considered "brave" but so be it.
There will obviously be added media scrutiny, but if he fits their defensive schemes I would be proud of the Broncos if they chose him. This team is as experienced/ready as any for a little added coverage of the pre-season.

Yeah, it's ****ed up that an organization will get a pat on the back simply for choosing the best available player and not discriminating against him, but given the climate of the NFL up to now, the front office that picks him will know they are making a stance of sorts. It would be very easy to choose the guy just beneath him on the draft board and let some other teams deal with ugly emails and being on ESPN all summer.
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There will obviously be added media scrutiny, but if he fits their defensive schemes I would be proud of the Broncos if they chose him. This team is as experienced/ready as any for a little added coverage of the pre-season.
More likely a 3-4 OLB.
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Old 02-09-2014, 06:35 PM   #11
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Sideshow? Classy. I'd be proud to root for him as a bronco. It's sad that this even needs to be considered "brave" but so be it.
Warranted or not it would be a media circus for him. It would be a distraction to the team. I don't care if a player is gay I just don't want Denver to have the first openly gay player, especially as a distraction heading into next season.
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Warranted or not it would be a media circus for him. It would be a distraction to the team. I don't care if a player is gay I just don't want Denver to have the first openly gay player, especially as a distraction heading into next season.
Distraction? I think that's taking it a bit too far. I don't think it would cost them a single game.
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Distraction? I think that's taking it a bit too far. I don't think it would cost them a single game.
I just envision a media circus. With all the talk about gays in sports I just think all the attention could be a distraction. Also I don't want to see a Martin/Incognito situation with the team I care about. I'm not saying it would happen but the possibility is there and that can become a distraction. The first openly gay player gets all the attention the second no one cares. I'd rather the team not be the first to have an openly gay player.
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Sideshow? Classy. I'd be proud to root for him as a bronco. It's sad that this even needs to be considered "brave" but so be it.
Wow, did I hit a nerve, I thought side-show was a nice way to put it?

Side-Show: Something unimportant that takes your attention away from something more important that is happening at the same time.
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Old 02-09-2014, 05:59 PM   #15
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I wouldn't want to see that side-show come to Denver
I really do think the fact that it's coming from a future NFLer rather than an experienced star will taper the media frenzy a bit.

That said... good for him. He might have hurt his draft stock a little but you cant argue that the NFL wont be a better league when gay players can come out openly and it wont be a big deal.
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Old 02-09-2014, 06:01 PM   #16
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I really do think the fact that it's coming from a future NFLer rather than an experienced star will taper the media frenzy a bit.

That said... good for him. He might have hurt his draft stock a little but you cant argue that the NFL wont be a better league when gay players can come out openly and it wont be a big deal.
The initial storm will go for 3-4 years(when a star player comes out I mean), then people will stop caring.
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The initial storm will go for 3-4 years(when a star player comes out I mean), then people will stop caring.
I was thinking more like 2, maybe 3 years.
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I wouldn't want to see that side-show come to Denver
It'll be a circus, we don't need that crap in Denver.
No matter where he goes, he will have the media following him around and it will be a season long headline.
We will be glad to watch from a distance, but not at our own backyard...
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I would take Sam's in the 4th round over re-signing Ayers.
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Old 02-10-2014, 06:32 AM   #20
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It'll be a circus, we don't need that crap in Denver.
No matter where he goes, he will have the media following him around and it will be a season long headline.
We will be glad to watch from a distance, but not at our own backyard...
I guess I just don't see it that way.

Kerry Rhodes wouldn't discuss whether he was or wasn't, which is what made it a circus. The questions kept coming because he wouldn't answer.

M. Sam has laid all that **** to rest. "I am." They'll ask his teammates, once, and they'll answer, once, and that will be that. Ultimately, it isn't relevant to what happens between the lines on the football field.

This "season-long headline" idea is laughable at best.
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I guess I just don't see it that way.

Kerry Rhodes wouldn't discuss whether he was or wasn't, which is what made it a circus. The questions kept coming because he wouldn't answer.

M. Sam has laid all that **** to rest. "I am." They'll ask his teammates, once, and they'll answer, once, and that will be that. Ultimately, it isn't relevant to what happens between the lines on the football field.

This "season-long headline" idea is laughable at best.
Funny, considering there was a 5-minute long segment on the Today show about him this morning. Which I'd say is kind of unusual for a mid-to-late round draft prospect.
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Funny, considering there was a 5-minute long segment on the Today show about him this morning. Which I'd say is kind of unusual for a mid-to-late round draft prospect.
Right. The day after it was announced. That's hardly a "season-long" headline. Or do you not understand what "season-long" means?
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I wonder how good a player he is? has anyone here ever seen him play? I don't really watch college football so I don't know. If he's good it won't matter, though yes I expect the circus will come to town wherever he goes. it will be highly scrutinized that's for certain.
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I wonder how good a player he is? has anyone here ever seen him play? I don't really watch college football so I don't know. If he's good it won't matter, though yes I expect the circus will come to town wherever he goes. it will be highly scrutinized that's for certain.
Ask Kerry Rhodes if it matters or not.
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Ask Kerry Rhodes if it matters or not.
Poor word choice, but I guess in my mind it shouldnt matter if he's gay, straight, rainbow or whatever as long as he does his job and does it well and doesn't let off field issues (such as pot smoking, date raping and any other a-hole illegal behavior) get in the way. The real world of course does not work this way sadly. I am pulling for him to be successeful and if he is someone who would be of value to our defense it'd be great to get him, attention or not.
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