Everyone remembers the horrid accusations levelled against Ritchie Incognito during the Jonathan Martin bullying case. Those accusations were eventually somewhat discredited by the revelation of over a thousand texts between the players that exposed a more joking tone to the whole issue, but the Dolphins' locker room culture has been forever called into question since.
In light of Missouri defensive end Michael Sam's revelation that he is proudly gay, naturally, some thoughts turned to the Dolphins. Though it's unlikely that Sam will fall to Miami, given that they draft 19th and don't particularly need a defensive end with Cameron Wake falling in the top six defensive ends in the league, the stigma is clearly significant enough to compel owner Stephen Ross to speak out.
"Michael Sam’s announcement is a significant step in sports and I respect the choice that he made publicly. His announcement will have no bearing either way on our evaluation of him as a player," he said.
"Dennis Hickey, Joe Philbin and I all agree on the same thing; we'll draft the best players that can help us win football games, have high character and contribute to the community. If he is a member of our organization, Michael will be welcomed here with open arms as part of our family."
Generally some encouraging stuff, but until Sam actually enters the league we can't know for sure how much of this is just for the camera, and how much of it is a sincere representation of locker room culture.
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