In his weekly feature called "World's Worst Person In Sports", ESPN personality Keith Olbermann took a run at NBC football analyst (and, of course, former NFL player and head coach) Tony Dungy for his comments saying that he would not have drafted Michael Sam.


Dungy stated that drafting Sam (the NFL's first openly gay player) would be too much of a distraction in the locker room and with the media circus that is expected to accompany training camp, but I think it's pretty transparent that Tony Dungy's religious beliefs are firmly behind the comments as well.

Olbermann responded (The Dungy rant starts at 2:00):


I'm not a huge fan of Keith Olbermann or his show, but you have to respect his trolling game. I never liked him because I always felt that he was an attention-seeking "me first" personality, but in these viral times that seems to be the ticket (I put him in the same category as Dan Le Batard). You have to respect that he hits the nail on the head with these weekly viral rants. He makes smooth, concise points and the historical research is always there to back him up.

Keep 'em coming, Keith. You may be a douche, but you're good for business.

Update: Tony Dungy has released a statement clarifying his comment regarding Michael Sam:

On Monday afternoon while on vacation with my family, I was quite surprised to read excerpts from an interview I gave several weeks ago related to this year's NFL Draft, and I feel compelled to clarify those remarks.

I was asked whether I would have drafted Michael Sam and I answered that would not have drafted him. I gave my honest answer, which is that I felt drafting him would bring much distraction to the team. At the time of my interview, the Oprah Winfrey reality show that was going to chronicle Michael's first season had been announced.

I was not asked whether or not Michael Sam deserves an opportunity to play in the NFL. He absolutely does.

I was not asked whether his sexual orientation should play a part in the evaluation process. It should not.

I was not asked whether I would have a problem having Michael Sam on my team. I would not.

I have been asked all of those questions several times in the last three months and have always answered them the same way—by saying that playing in the NFL is, and should be, about merit.

The best players make the team, and everyone should get the opportunity to prove whether they're good enough to play. That's my opinion as a coach. But those were not the questions I was asked.

What I was asked about was my philosophy of drafting, a philosophy that was developed over the years, which was to minimize distractions for my teams.

I do not believe Michael's sexual orientation will be a distraction to his teammates or his organization.

I do, however, believe that the media attention that comes with it will be a distraction. Unfortunately we are all seeing this play out now, and I feel badly that my remarks played a role in the distraction.

I wish Michael Sam nothing but the best in his quest to become a star in the NFL and I am confident he will get the opportunity to show what he can do on the field.

My sincere hope is that we will be able to focus on his play and not on his sexual orientation.



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