Dungy said he wouldn’t have drafted Sam “not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.”
He clarified his comments Tuesday saying that “it” was the media attention that would come with Sam being the first openly gay NFL player. ESPN’s Rams writer Nick Wagoner asked Sam about the situation.
Sam on Dungy's comments: "Thank God he wasn't the St. Louis Rams coach. (laughs) I have a lot of respect for Coach Dungy." (1 of 2)
Sam could have easily started a fuss over the issue, but instead he handled the matter with class. So in reality, it seems like Sam would be the type of player that a coach would want to handle the press.