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Tony Dungy

I Wouldn't Have Drafted Michael Sam

... Because He's Gay

7/21/2014 9:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Former Super Bowl winning coach Tony Dungy says he wouldn't have drafted Michael Sam because he wouldn't want to deal with the gay factor.

Dungy -- who's currently an analyst for NBC -- made the comments to the Tampa Tribune ... saying, "I wouldn’t have taken him. Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it."

Dungy predicts the fact that Sam is openly gay will be an issue in the NFL -- explaining, "It’s not going to be totally smooth ... things will happen."

Dungy seems to be acknowledging that Sam is talented enough to play in the NFL -- but he would have overlooked that because of his sexual orientation.  

Of course, Sam WAS drafted ... and will be fighting for a roster spot on the St. Louis Rams. For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!
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Lucky_130    

This man is a good coach

102 days ago
2.

Supr Dav     

Wo does?

102 days ago
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Supr Dav     

Not to mention the smell from all the sharts in the locker room.

102 days ago
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Sheldon Siegel    

If he was a baseball coach, would he have passed on Jackie Robinson so he wouldn't have to deal with those problems too?

102 days ago
5.

jan    

I will gladly take a gay football player, over the murderer the rapist,and dog fighter.

102 days ago
6.

imdaman    

#TEAMTONYDUNGY

102 days ago
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BldAshes    

I agree that it's a distraction for the team however, I would draft the sec co defensive player of the year no matter what. Also where the rams drafted him they could be considered geniuses or nothing at all since most prospects don't pan out anyway

102 days ago
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RD    

Just replace the word 'gay ' with the word 'black' or any other race and you see just how idiotic people sound when they make these comments.

102 days ago
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paul a.    

Its unfortunate that of all the teams he is trying out for it has to be the Rams.

I can hear the jokes already......

102 days ago
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Phil Mcl    

I wish they would just cut him and get it over with he is not good enough to make the NFL, he sucks!!!!! In more than one way.

102 days ago
11.

nottmee    

Thats why his son committed suicide. Because Tony Dungy does not play that gay shiiii.

102 days ago
12.

I-See-Dumb-People    

It's a good thing the civil rights movement didn't rely on the spineless Tony Dungys of the world.

102 days ago
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Ron Fing Swanson    

Good this is no issue, the whole he's gay thing is a circus, he's not even that good. He's going to get cut.

102 days ago
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darcy    

NBC should absolutely fire Dungy as a correspondent.
That is a shameful comment...

102 days ago
15.

Luz    

So Michael got into the team anyway, what's the problem then?

102 days ago
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