The first openly gay player developed by the Michael Sam-NFL team — former Raiders head coach John Gruden — broke his silence over homophobic and racist emails.
Sam, 31, was quoted in a hate-filled e-mail sent to him by the New York Times on Monday by the Super Bowl-winning coach, who called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a “rams” for gay rape. claimed not to put pressure on the rams to choose. “In the 2014 draft.
“They definitely suppress bigotry,” Sam said when asked how he would respond to the NFL league debate.
The previous defense quarters spoke at a webinar titled “A Brave Conversation with Michael Sam” held by the University of Georgia Augusta on Wednesday.
Sam Gruden described the remarks as “unfortunate, especially as the first gay gamer to play in a team,” referring to Las Vegas Raiders defender Carl Nassib, who came out in June.
Team officials said on Wednesday that Nassib left the Raiders to “process” emails sent by the former coach from 2011-2018.
Gruden told the Las Vegas Review-Journal in June after Nassib said in a video on Instagram that he would support the five-year-old veterinarian.
“I’ve known for a long time what makes a man different, what makes him great,” Gruden wrote in the newspaper.
But Sam said Wednesday that Gruden’s public approval was empty, USA Today reported.
“So it’s almost like how the whole team came together [Nassib], but again, it looks like it’s just for show, ”Sam said.“ So you’re really a part of it or not? It’s going in that direction, so if you’re not part of it, you’ll have to find another profession. ”
Sam, who gathered in St. Petersburg in 2014 at the time. Louis Rams was cut by the team a few months later. He then joined the Dallas Cowboys training group, was cut again a month later, and he played in the 2015 Canadian Football League. He didn’t play a regular season in the NFL, despite being a University of Missouri excellent. He was named the SEC’s Best Defender of 2013.
Sam says there are other gay players in the league who don’t want to share their sexual orientation.
“I know guys who are struggling in the NFL and can’t come [out]”, Said Sam Wednesday.