To be honest, I wish he would have waited a year to come out. Idc if he was drafted by the bucs, did well, then came out. But now I don't want the media headache.
Put it this way, if he does bad for a few years, we would have to go threw another headache cutting him.
Any team who drafts him will be under a microscope for every action taken, and it won't be because of football...
If he waited, proves he could play in the NFL, then he would be fairly judged as an athlete. And it be easier to ignore or avoid negative media. We are trying to build a new identity or renew old school Bucs identity with a new twist. I don't want our positive media be surrounding a non football topic. But that's just my opinion... If it was 10 years down the rd and it wasn't a big deal in the nfl then ya, before the draft is fine. But now, it was to early. Credit on the guts though
Its dumb that this is such big news, really who cares if the guy is gay or not if he can play ball thats all that should matter. Good on him for having the guts to put himself out there though but still just a shame that something as trivial as someones sexual preference is such a big story.
http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/9382/michael-samEight NFL executives and coaches anticipate a "significant" draft-day plunge for Missouri OLB Michael Sam after revealing that he is homosexual.
The execs and coaches believe NFL locker rooms are "not prepared to deal with an openly gay player," and decision makers fear a "publicity circus" for the team that selects Sam. "At this point in time it's still a man's man game," said one player personnel assistant. "To call somebody a [gay slur] is still so commonplace." Rotoworld draft maven Josh Norris believes Sam has fourth- to seventh-round tape. "I just know with this going on this is going to drop him down," added one veteran scout. "There's no question about it. It's human nature. Do you want to be the team to quote-unquote 'break that barrier?'"
I think it is very immature for him to announce that he is a gay. One umimpeachable fact is that most people are not yet ready to accept the equal rights of gay people .last season when Jason Collins revealed his sexuality, he was undergoing a lot of toughness. People talked about him for quite a while. Although president Obama and some celebrities praised his bravery and courage, you need to know that was just a sign of how great people werent prepared for it. If they were, why was that Jason Collins announced he was a gay blockbuster news ?it's news because it was rare.
but one major difference between Collins and Sam is that the former one is a veteran who is approaching the end of his career and has never been a star, whereas the latter one is young ,ready to start his professional career and has hope of being treated as a very good player.
Ever since Collins 'issue, Collins has never been heard from but it certainly does little harm to his career (he probably has already stepped out of the court ).But Sam ?he is wanting to be drafted. Sure, if nothing goes wrong, he will still be drafted or go to other leagues, since his body is not harmed. But the gossips and controversies will accompany him along the way.Negative off court issues are more or less annoying distractions which will torture the mood and morale of a player. So, a player should make every endeavor to avoid the adverse impacts imposed by the unnecessary chores.
I dont get it. What is the benefit of telling the world himself is a gay ?will the mayor give him a medal or citizenship award ?the only thing i can imagine that is going to be in his way is the news. He will be distracted, which in turn, will lower his draft prospect.
In a nutshell, i am not opposed to gay.Everybody has their own life style and no one is entitled to infringe on the privacy. But here i just express my concern for his career which has not opened yet
Most people think gay people should be treated fairly and equally. It is law. Just because you use the word unimpeachable and spell it wrong doesn't make the statement which you call a fact true, it is merely your opinion and wrong.
He shouldn't have to hide and not be himself. Michael Robinson doesn't have to hide that he's deaf. He's made a name off it. Brandon Marshall doesn't have to hide his emotional disorders, he's become a spokesperson for players with mental disorders. On and On. Michael Sam really isn't different. Only difference between him and Kerry Rhodes is hes not afraid to admit it publically.
Im not sure the Bucs should go that way just because of the distraction it could be. There will be def. be a huge outpouring of hate and support for which team drafts him. I think it'll probably do more positive for the team in the long run.
Also I don't think cutting him years down the road will be looked on as discrimination if the team chooses to go in another direction.
If the Bucs decide they like this kid and are willing to accept what comes from having him on the team, I could dig it.
He's definitely a good football player who knows how to get to the QB. He has a clean record off the field and will probably try to look to be an ideal role model on and off the field for his community.
3 3 sack games in 2013 including Florida...6 games with 2 or more TFL, 4 of them had 3.
If the Bucs did look at him, it would be similar to the role people are looking at for Barr and Mack.
Barr is 6'4 250, Mack is 6'3 250, Sam is 6'2 255.
Interesting to see how far he drops, he will be a steal wherever it is though.
I want Micheal Sam on this team. I dont want the Mike Williams of the world on this team. People dont like Sam until he gets you a pick six and wins you a playoff game. I hope he drops to the six or seventh round better for us becuase hes playing better and is a 3-4 round player and we need another OLB. Sams got my vote. No matter where he lands and how he preforms im proud of him!!!
Chrisclever your not gay so you dont understand the hate he has to deal with or what he feels. Its a secret he doesnt want to hold in anymore. He doesnt want to make relationship and friendships with players and when he reveals his secret all his friends turn on him. Rather have them love him for who he is. People are going to look back at all the hate we gave gay and be disgusted at out behavior towards them. We are taking the same steps as the african American's had to deal with.Originally Posted by Chrisclever:27950438
From a football stand point he could easily be one of the most popular players in a postive way. Hes going to have the gay community behind him and bring in more fans even if more so if he plays well. Drafting Sam will put the Bucs in the category of model franchises. The kid can play. He was a co player of the year in his confrence. I rather have Anthony Barr than any player in this draft except for TE Jenkins but he would be a solid pick up and a can get to the QB
^ Ignorant!!!! Mike Williams has been nothing but a stud for us since we drafted him in the 4th round. Maybe wait to see how much of his attitude rumors are actually true before judging so hard. it's amazing how fast somebody can turn on a player because of media generated rumors!
its not a rumor its fact! Ever since his contract hes been a bone head. He more focused on his rap then his rehab.. where there is smoke their is fire when it comes to the media. They dont make stories up about Peyton or Russell Wilson. Every off-season we have players getting arrested. I want football first guys.Originally Posted by aecon13:27950769
Ok I'll add to the Sam discussion. Let's say he falls to undeafted status? Then the NFL could be looking at a law suit from the gay community because they'll say he didn't get picked because he's gay.
Then when it's time to renegotiate his contract then put the gay card on the table to get him more money. If you don't believe it'll happen just look at the Klewe situation in Minnesota. He's turned himself into a victim cause his production slipped and he got cut.
Also the NFL locker room showers don't have partitions up it communal and players will feel uncomfortable showering with him there. If you don't believe me then ask yourself this question. Would you leave your valuables out with a kleptomaniac around or leave a lighter lying around with a pyromaniac around? My answer would be no.
Also on today's society it doesn't take courage to announce your gay just look at all the Tv shows with gay characters and the fact that they make skinny jeans and purses for men. In today's society it takes more guts and courage to be a masculine straight male. Also this whole notion that the gay community will now flock to the NFL because of a gay athlete is wrong. Gay men aren't comfortable watching football and if you think I'm wrong go to a sports bar and see how many gay men are there.
I could care less what his sexual orientation is but to say he's a hero and that gay people are going through what African Americans went through is also a joke. I've read history and talked to family and I've never read where gays were being held as slaves and forced to sit on the back of the bus.
Ughhhhh who cares can we talk about the bucs now please?!?!?!?!
You think that a person who is strong enough to be the first openly gay NFL player is going to play the they didn't pay me because Im gay card?
That's complete nonsense.
Also plenty of gay men watch football and the idea of support isn't even just football watchers. The Dallas Cowboys make a ton off the casual fan. People would by Team X gear just to support Sam. I bet if he does well at all he will sell a bunch of jerseys.
Source: thepewterplank.com1. Khalil Mack, LB/DE, Buffalo
Buccaneers add Khalil Mack with the thought of either turning him into a defensive end, or using him in a hybrid role
2. Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
provides a ton of speed and playmaking ability at wide receiver.
4. Chris Davis, CB, Auburn
Chris Davis helps solidify the depth chart at corner as an undersized but capable cover corner
5. Brett Smith, QB, Wyoming
Brett Smith provides a project quarterback for Jeff Tedford to work with and develop
7. Jeremiah George, ILB, Iowa State
Jeremiah George is a productive middle linebacker who can backup Mason Foster and provide a slightly different skillset from Mason
7. Steven Clark, Punter, Auburn (Compensatory Pick)
Yuck, I don't like any of those picks.