Tisch, Mara praise Michael Sam for revealing that he’s gay

Michael Sam, an All-American defensive lineman from the University of Missouri, revealed that he’s gay on Sunday. Sam could be the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL.

Giants co-owner Steve Tisch told TMZSports.com that he hopes NFL teams can look beyond Sam’s sexual orientation.

“Michael Sam is a gifted athlete and a courageous man,” Tisch said. “I hope any NFL team would not hesitate to draft Michael if he right for their team.”

Co-owner John Mara also spoke on Sam’s decision, saying (Orr):

“I would just echo what the league and Zak DeOssie, one of our captains, have said in welcoming Michael into our league and supporting him as he attempts to achieve his dream of playing in the NFL. 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.”




9 comments
cole3244
cole3244

the jints would be a good place for him to land if they value his talent, ny is a city that welcomes all types of people and the media although aggressive would not be intrusive about his personal life, in nyc a city fraught with distractions this is no big deal.


as far as him having the character to be a positive teammate him coming out is all the info needed to prove he is a man of character, he certainly could do worse than have a fo like the jints have and class ownership.

rico
rico

Happy for this kid that he can be himself, all for it, 

but the problem is, unless you are a super-duper super-star it will be a distraction. A team will put up with distractions for guys like LT or Dez Bryant but not marginal players.  Distractions de-rail teams.


Good luck to him, now let's see who signs him.

Brian Bannon
Brian Bannon

The comparison i've heard is he's a poor man's Trent Cole, an undersized pass rusher that will most likely be a situational pass rusher at the next level, if he gets looser in the hips and ankles he could be a solid OLB.

Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

Anyone else get the feelin that this guy will be a Giant in round 5?

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

I think the media will hurt Michael Sam more than being gay will. If a team shys away from drafting him it won't be because he's gay it'll be because of all the attention and scrutiny of the media circus that will now come with him especially when he's not projected to be a superstar player or anything to make up for it. If you're looking at your board and you have similar graded players to Sam that's bound to be a detraction especially for some organizations more than others. It's the media more than anyone that will treat him differently perhaps to his detriment. If they could just report the story now since it is a milestone and should be discussed but then go back to covering him as they would have before he came out rather than now treating him differently because he's gay I think Sam and the issue would be better served by it. Unfortunately of course there's not a chance I see that happening and am fully expecting a full on media frenzy surrounding everything concerning Michael Sam no matter the potential negative impact it may have.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@Peter Sinapi I don't know if Coughlin and Reese and the Giants organization would want that kind of firestorm especially in the media capital of the world no less. Like I said in my post below I don't think they'd have much of an issue if any at all with the fact that he's gay. The issue would be the added huge distraction that will come with a player that is not projected to be a superstar to make that more bearable.

Rex Ryan and Woody Johnson seem to love the attention and media spotlight much more than Coughlin and Mara who tend to shy away from it as much as possible like they're allergic. I'd think it'd be much more likely if he ends up in NY it'd be with the Jets. But I also tend to think it'd be best for him and the team that he ends up on if it's in a small media market. There's already going to be a ton of national press converging on wherever he ends up. You don't need to complicate things even that much more by doubling that coverage with the local NY media for example on top of that.

Billy Suede
Billy Suede

@Brian Webster  at the end of the day, what he will have to be able to deal with are


- teasing from the locker room (can he make the distinction between good old-fashioned locker room and hate speech)

-  same goes for on the field

- the treatment from fans on the road

- keeping his mind on football and not on the pressure he will feel by the lgbta to be an outspoken ambassador. his success on the field will speak a lot than anything he says off of it. 


more importantly

- can he make the transition from being a undersized d-lineman in college to standing up in the pros?


if he can handle the latter, everything else will fall into place quicker than people think.