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Sam Champion

Tony Dungy Is Wrong On Michael Sam

'What a Shame ...'

7/21/2014 12:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Tony Dungy's comments about NOT wanting to draft Michael Sam because he's gay are MISGUIDED ... so says fellow NBC employee Sam Champion who says it would be a "shame" to pass on a capable player because of his sexual orientation. 

As we previously reported, Dungy told a reporter he would pass on drafting Sam because he wouldn't want to "deal with" the gay factor ... even though he thinks Sam is talented enough to play in the league. 

Sam -- a superstar weatherman at NBC (where Dungy serves as an NFL analyst) who's also openly gay -- tells TMZ Sports, "With all due respect to this great former coach, you don't have to deal with any of it, much less all of it."

"As a coach, you should have one policy for your players and who they are dating -- and that is to leave it off the field."

Sam continued, "The only consideration you should have is what their abilities are on the field. What a shame if you didn't take a player you knew could play and play him."

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1.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

Butt buddies #AIDS

58 days ago
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Shereese Maynard    

Sam Champion is wrong about Tony Dungy. He didn't say we wouldn't pick Sam because he's gay; he says he wouldn't have picked him because of all the distractions surrounding him. And he's entitled to that opinion. Get it right, Champion!

58 days ago
3.

thomas    

Coach Dungy has his own agenda related to conservative christian beliefs. Sam is a talented and powerful athlete. Finally- (I am older and gay and worked all my life - including in the USAF - for gay rights), the kiss between Sam and his boyfriend was spectacular!

58 days ago
4.

CoconutScrimp    

I wonder how much Sam Champion knows about football.

58 days ago
5.

rebelink2113    

Of course Sam champion would say that. He's gay.

58 days ago
6.

PRMETFAN    

Sam Champion is a *** so his opinion is invalid

58 days ago
7.

WTF    

But nobody gives a steaming dump about what Sam Champion thinks.

58 days ago
8.

Heidi    

Come on its 2014, get over the gay issues, if he can play the game thats all that matters...

58 days ago

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