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.”