As you probably know, Michael Sam of Missouri has come out and is set to become the first ever openly gay player in the history of the NFL when selected in the 2014 draft to be held in May.
The reception of the news has been overwhelmingly positive, but some have worried that Sam's admission will negatively affect his draft status, pushing him further down the board into the later rounds.
Well now a certain few owners of NFL teams have come out and had their say on the defensive end and whether or not they would fit in with their organization.
“Our sport, our game, is the ultimate meritocracy. You earn your way with your ability. As Patrick Burke and Wade Davis constantly remind all of us, regardless of who you are, what your background is and what your personal or sexual orientation is, if you can play, you can play. Michael’s announcement will not affect his position on our draft board.” Mara said.
Tisch added, “I hope any NFL team would not hesitate to draft Michael if he is right for their team. Our game is the ultimate team game, and we often talk about how a team is a family. Regardless of where you are from, what your religious beliefs are, what your sexual orientation is, if you are good enough to be on the team, you are part of the family."
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was the next to chime in:
“If a player were gay and came into this locker room, it would be the most supportive system. He’d gain strength by being in here. And it wouldn’t be divisive and he’d make friends for life and they could help him win," Kraft told the Boston Herald.
Kraft even went on to say that he thought that Sam's coming out was "good for America."
Baltimore Ravens president Dick Cass spoke on the team’s website and tried to comfort Sam and any other potentially gay players out there saying that “I don’t think his being gay would be an issue at all for the Ravens.”
“We’re all about winning. If he’s a good football player who can help us win games, he will be welcomed here,” he added.
It's refreshing to hear such optimism and acceptance from the people in power.