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Herm Edwards

Michael Sam's Gayness

Is 'Baggage'

2/10/2014 6:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Well, Michael Sam ... here's what you're up against.

Former NFL coach-turned-ESPN analyst Herm Edwards went on the air last night and declared that Sam's sexual orientation is considered "baggage" and coaches will have to decide if they want it in their locker rooms.

"He's a player that has issues," Edwards said referring to Sam's sexual orientation ... "Off the field issues."

He continued, "The thing you talk about in your organization with the G.M. and obivously the owner is, 'Can we handle this guy?' Can we handle the media that's gonna come along with this situation?"

"He's bringing baggage into your locker room."

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Eye roll     

Who's this Michael Sam lady? I want one

257 days ago
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bbwlover1969    

He's absolutely right. But you people are portraying it as if Herm Edwards is homophobic. The whole NFL draft process is going through potential players' backgrounds to look for red flags. He would have made the same comment if the guy had 3 babies with 3 women.

257 days ago
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Ladygoodman    

The same baggage the first BLACK NFL player I'm sure brought to his first team. Does he even realize how hypocritical it is.

257 days ago
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Tax    

The NFL would rather draft a thug who then goes out and commits murder???? Grow up NFL it should be based on his ability to play.

257 days ago
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daisy     

How is being gay an "off the field issue"? How does that affect his ability to play football any more than being heterosexual? Off the field issues are traditionally drinking, partying, lack of discipline, drugs & other criminal activity - all of which are negative and undermine football performance - and none of which affect gay men any more than straight ones. In fact to have got this far, after losing siblings and having a tough childhood, you could say he probably has far fewer off the field issues than the average NFL recruit.

257 days ago
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Changeitback    

I am tired of hearing stars coming out as gay for attention, I don't go around saying how straight I am it's sick either way. Who cares if your gay or straight don't talk about it. The word gay puts images I don't want in my head so stop already!!!!

257 days ago
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anthony    

Whether you you like the statements or not, he's telling the truth, and those coaches and GMs are of various colors. But mostly white.

257 days ago
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belyoe    

Herm is absolutely right. It really makes no sense to even declare your sexuality..that in itself affects your teammates. Nobody needs to walk on

257 days ago
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belyoe    

Eggshells in a locker room

257 days ago
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goober    

He couldn't handle coaching, so what do you expect?

257 days ago
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swedishmale    

Why do You always twist the words TMZ? That's not what He said?

257 days ago
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Ojay21    

I sadly absolutely agree with him

257 days ago
13.

JD    

This has nothing to do with his being gay, directly. Herm, and other analysts and football GMs say the exact same thing about Tim Tebow - The baggage, the media, daily coverage, that comes with him. They don't dislike Tebow because of his overt faith, just like they don't hate Sam because he's gay. They are weighing if the DISTRACTION is worth his skill.

257 days ago
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static    

He won't be drafted so it won't be an issue.

257 days ago
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