The Huffington Post | By Ryan Grenoble
Former NFL coach Tony Dungy has a Super Bowl ring on his finger, but he wouldn’t want Michael Sam, the NFL’s first openly gay player, on his team.
In an interview published Sunday in the Tampa Bay Tribune, Dungy didn’t mince words when it came to discussing Sam, a defensive end drafted by the St. Louis Rams earlier this year. “I wouldn’t have taken him,” Dungy said. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.”
“It’s not going to be totally smooth,” he added, “things will happen.”
Bold words for Dungy, the coach who took disgraced quarterback Michael Vick under his wing in 2010, after the former Eagles player served 18 months in federal prison for his role in a dog-fighting ring.
As the NFL’s first African-American head coach to win the Super Bowl, an accomplishment he earned in 2007 when his Indianapolis Colts beat the Chicago Bears, Dungy likely knows a thing or two about dealing with discrimination in the NFL.