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NY Giants Co-Owner

Praises Michael Sam

I Hope NFL Teams Do the Right Thing

2/10/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0209_michael-sam_steve_tische_getty_tmzThe first openly gay NFL draft prospect is already getting major support from an NFL owner -- NY Giants honcho Steve Tisch, who tells TMZ Sports he "hopes" teams don't let Michael Sam's sexual orientation dissuade them from drafting such a stellar athlete.

The University of Missouri defensive end -- who was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year -- just completed his senior season and is very likely to be taken in the upcoming NFL Draft.

While Tisch wouldn't reveal if Sam is on his team's draft board, he did tell us ... "Michael Sam is a gifted athlete and a courageous man."

He added, "I hope any NFL team would not hesitate to draft Michael if he is right for their team."

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1.

bernergirl    

That would be moronic. He is the best defensive drat choice.

165 days ago
2.

CLuv    

At least he won't have baby mama drama!

165 days ago
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StevenB    

Since his college teammates and coaching staff were able to get over any initial 'weirdness' and have a very successful season, if your pro team can't do the same or is not even willing to try -- that says a lot more about the pro team and their coaching staff than it does about Mr Sam.

It says they are weak.

165 days ago
4.

John    

Great!

And... it doesn't matter if "NFL Teams Do the Right Thing," because MICHAEL SAM has already done the "Right Thing" by being true to himself.

"For so many God-fearing human beings, it is much easier to live a lie than to walk in truth." (LT) That in itself is just as sinful as any differences with which we were born.

"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth." III John 1:4

I am really inspired by the DE and NFL prospect MICHAEL SAM.

Amen.

165 days ago
5.

Sid    

Let's all talk about the victim here. Has anyone considered the gay man that was dating Mr. Sam that wasn't ready to come out? Mr. Sam is very selfish

165 days ago
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Anonymous527496    

Draft him. Why is Steve's name so similar to the honcho of Vivid entertainment?

165 days ago
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Sid    

Wow. Sounds like the Giants will be lucky enough to draft a solid DE.

165 days ago
8.

Lesleslaws    

It's sooooo amazing to see that he came out about his sexuality and to others that may have a problem they are the PROBLEM!!!!

165 days ago
9.

Ace    

If jock straps start disappearing you'll know where to look.

165 days ago
10.

Joe    

How do you praise someone or call them a hero when they say they are gay. A soldier who defends our country while risking his/her life is a hero. A police person or fireman should be praised for their job to protect people. A teacher should be praised for educating our children. But for someone to say they are gay and get a heroes treatment or praised, makes no sense !

165 days ago
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Tax    

Good for him! It took a lot of courage for an NFL player to come out of the closet! That is what you call being a real man! I hope more have to same courage to follow his lead!

165 days ago

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