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Tony Dungy Says He Would Not Have Drafted Michael Sam

Indianapolis Colts head football coach Tony Dungy listens as team officials talk about the fact he will remain the team's coach at least through the 2008 season at a news conference in Indianapolis, Monday, Jan. 21, 2008. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
Indianapolis Colts head football coach Tony Dungy listens as team officials talk about the fact he will remain the team’s coach at least through the 2008 season at a news conference in Indianapolis, Monday, Jan. 21, 2008. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

 

(Los Angeles Times) – Esteemed NFL coach turned NBC analyst Tony Dungy is taking fire for saying he would not have drafted Michael Sam, the league’s first openly gay player.

In an interview with the Tampa Tribune published Sunday, the former coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts said he would have passed on 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,” Dungy said.

Dungy went on to say, “It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.’’

Dungy did not say what, exactly, were the things he anticipated happening.

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