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The NFL is full of hypocrites

5/15/2014, 9 a.m.

The Miami Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey and the majority of these NFL general managers and teams are hypocrites. They all tell America that they want what’s best for Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL. Yet somehow the SEC co-defensive player of the year was almost not

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Jeff Fox

drafted because all of these brilliant football minds found 248 players that they viewed as being better prospects than Sam who was finally selected in the 7th round by the St. Louis Rams. Is Michael Sam the next Lawrence Taylor? Frankly I rather doubt it but there is no way you can tell me that the SEC co-defensive player of the year almost did not get drafted because so many other players were better. Michael Sam almost fell out of the draft because he came out and announced to the world that he was a gay man. Period. It is what it is. The other co-defensive player of the year in the SEC CJ Mosely was selected in the first round by the Baltimore Ravens.

There is no way CJ Mosely would have been a first rounder if he did what Michael Sam did and came out of the closet as a gay man. What happened to the mantra of selecting the best player available?

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Ed Freeman

Apparently that does not apply to an openly gay player, right Dennis Hickey? That Terrance Fede from Marist is it? Yep, one heck of a defensive player. Good job, Dennis.

I would respect these NFL general managers if they stop with the hypocrisy and admit that they were afraid to draft Michael Sam. Whatever their reasons were, do not play with our intelligence and tell us that you picked the “best player available.” At least vilified Dolphins player Don Jones had the ghoul to tweet out how he really felt about Michael Sam. Shortly after Sam was selected Jones tweeted out “OMG” and the word “Horrible” to describe how he felt about Sam being drafted. In no way am I saying that Jones had a point in voicing his opinion but at least he was real about it. Now he can be educated, and taught tolerance and hopefully will learn that we are not all the same and that is okay. Michael Sam’s sexual preference is his business and between him and his God. I prefer to judge him on his football skills.

Can you make my football team better? The Miami Dolphins and all of those teams that passed on the SEC defensive player of the year would have all been well versed to do the same.