PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Former Pittsburgh Steeler defensive coordinator, NFL head coach, and NBC analyst Tony Dungy is making headlines after reportedly saying he wouldn’t have drafted Michael Sam because he is gay, and wouldn’t want to “deal with it.”
Dungy told the Tampa Tribune that he wouldn’t have taken Sam, “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.”
Michael Sam is a former Missouri linebacker, SEC player of the year, and openly gay.
He was drafted in the 7th round of the NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams.
Dungy told the paper, “It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.”
Tony Dungy was the first African-American coach to ever win a Super Bowl.
Dungy was the defensive coordinator with the Steelers from 1984 to 1988.
Current Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was a defensive backs coach under Dungy.
The NFL Shop says that Michael Sam’s jersey is the 6th most popular selling jersey since April 1st.