NBA executive can relate to Michael Sam

NBA executive can relate to Michael Sam

There are 138 comments on the The Miami Herald story from Feb 11, 2014, titled NBA executive can relate to Michael Sam. In it, The Miami Herald reports that:

Golden State Warriors President Rick Welts is one of the few people who knows what NFL draft prospect Michael Sam might be going through after announcing he is gay this week.

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“A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES”

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#1 Feb 11, 2014
Is being Gay REALLY going to make Michael Sam LESS of a football player? My guess is NO, it's not........and if ANY other guy out there has an issue......my suggestion is grow up and grow a pair.......Michael Sam is ALREADY a better man than half the guys in the NFL who have already made homophobic comments because of their own inner insecurities.....and just because NO guy has admitted to being Gay in the NFL before while playing DOESN'T mean there HASN'T been a Gay guy in the NFL before now AND one's sexual orientation is IRRELEVANT to their ability to play the sport.........so go play football!!!

“Equality First”

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#4 Feb 11, 2014
Duck Commander wrote:
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I agree with you. So WHY does Michael Sam need to make his sexual orientation a headline? WHY can't he just play football like all the other players and leave it at that?
I can't speak for Mr. Sam, but perhaps it is because other people need to know they are not alone. That they can follow their natural or learned talents without fear. At some point in our lives we all need role models, and from what little I know of him, Mr. Sam is a good role model for all those younger people going into college sports who might be gay/lesbian. Why should he not?

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Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#6 Feb 11, 2014
Moral Truth wrote:
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Because homosexuals crave attention. He got what he was after, national attention, being in the spotlight, and having his ugly mug plastered all over TV and the newspapers.
Actually, it's got nothing at all to do with Michael Sam's need for attention. If homosexuality were as uninteresting as you claim, then his statement would be no more interesting than any other player having a girl friend. Nobody would pay attention.

It's people like you complaining about him being gay that make it interesting to the press.

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#8 Feb 11, 2014
Silly boy. If I wanted attention and went to the press, would they really be excited about the fact that I had three cups of coffee this morning? When people like you stop making a big deal out of things, the press will stop covering athletes coming out of the closet.

What you really want is to keep him in the closet. If he hadn't gone to the press, the rumors would have circulated and undercut his stature. He headed off the rumors.

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#11 Feb 11, 2014
Moral Truth wrote:
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WRONG. He went to the press to get attention. The press isn't complaining about him.
Michael Sam's orientation would have been revealed anyway. Why shouldn't he control the manner in which he comes out?

“ WOOF ! ”

Since: Nov 12

Coolidge, AZ

#12 Feb 11, 2014
GO BRONCOS !

:)

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#13 Feb 11, 2014
Moral Truth wrote:
He wanted a big deal made out of it, that's why he went to the press. He could have announced it to whoever it would affect instead of going to the press. But no, he wanted all the attention that comes with the announcement.
It is entirely within your control, then, to deny Sam the attention you claim he wants. Simply ignore announcements of people coming out. Stop making an issue about it, and nobody will grant an interview.

It will be about as interesting as my third cup of coffee this morning. Since I've whet your curiosity now: It was dark roast, no cream or sugar.

“ WOOF ! ”

Since: Nov 12

Coolidge, AZ

#16 Feb 11, 2014
nhjeff wrote:
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It is entirely within your control, then, to deny Sam the attention you claim he wants. Simply ignore announcements of people coming out. Stop making an issue about it, and nobody will grant an interview.
It will be about as interesting as my third cup of coffee this morning. Since I've whet your curiosity now: It was dark roast, no cream or sugar.
gonna get cold and snowy by you, I see.

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#17 Feb 11, 2014
Moral Truth wrote:
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He controlled it alright. The way he wanted. Just as I was saying, with all the attention that comes with it.
The attention would have come, regardless. He's the first openly gay NFL player.

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#18 Feb 11, 2014
The_Box wrote:
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The attention would have come, regardless. He's the first openly gay NFL player.
He's not in the NFL yet. And he may not get drafted.

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#20 Feb 11, 2014

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#21 Feb 11, 2014
The NFL has now, and has always had, many players that are gay.

Considering the fact that there are over 1600 players in the NFL at any given time in the recent past (32 teams with a roster of 53 players), it's a reasonable guess that there are about 50 - 100 players each year in the NFL that are gay.

And considering the tens of thousands of player sin the NFL over it's entire history, the number of gay players must be substantial.

But having an openly gay player in the NFL will be undeniably historic, when that time comes.

Whether an openly gay player in the NFL faces hostility, from teammates or management, is yet to be seen. Chris Kluwe still maintains that he was released because of his outspoken support or equal marriage rights for us.

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#22 Feb 11, 2014
Moral Truth wrote:
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Don't believe he's the first. The Baltimore Ravens had one doing some talking durning the 2013 Super Bowl.
Who?
Marcavage s Trick

Philadelphia, PA

#23 Feb 11, 2014
He didn't go to the press.

My understanding he has been out in college to friends and other students, and he didn't want to go back into the closet for the NFL draft.

Also, too many people knew. He couldn't really have gone back in.(And apparently the NFL scouts, etc., ask potential draft picks about their relationships, girlfriends, etc. It would be illegal to do so in other hiring contexts.)

It should be a story to the extent that any girlfriends or wives or crushes of str8 football players get into the media...except for now it's a little bigger due to the rarity and due to the lingering homophobia.

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#24 Feb 11, 2014
Moral Truth wrote:
He wanted a big deal made out of it, that's why he went to the press. He could have announced it to whoever it would affect instead of going to the press. But no, he wanted all the attention that comes with the announcement.
He may have done it simply to tick off twits. If so, from your reaction, I'd say he succeeded quite well.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

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#27 Feb 11, 2014
Coincidentally I just watched "42" today.

For those unaware of the correlation, "42" is the movie about Jackie Robinson- the first black MLB player in 1947.

And here it is 2014 and still not a single openly gay player in the NFL, NBA, MLB, or NHL.
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Lancaster, PA

#28 Feb 11, 2014
One of the bigger milestones I have seen in connection with this story is that a shocking number of so-called "tough guys" are supporting this player's decision, and defending him and his right(s).

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

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#29 Feb 11, 2014
WeTheSheeple wrote:
Coincidentally I just watched "42" today.
For those unaware of the correlation, "42" is the movie about Jackie Robinson- the first black MLB player in 1947.
And here it is 2014 and still not a single openly gay player in the NFL, NBA, MLB, or NHL.
Geesh! I always thought that 42 was 6 x 7.

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#30 Feb 11, 2014
WeTheSheeple wrote:
Coincidentally I just watched "42" today.
For those unaware of the correlation, "42" is the movie about Jackie Robinson- the first black MLB player in 1947.
And here it is 2014 and still not a single openly gay player in the NFL, NBA, MLB, or NHL.
Is there some reason you're not factoring in NBA center Jason Collins who came out in April of last year?

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#31 Feb 11, 2014
Otter in the Ozarks wrote:
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Is there some reason you're not factoring in NBA center Jason Collins who came out in April of last year?
He wasn't an active player when he came out. He' still not an active player.

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