Dont? Stallworth On NFL’s Readiness For Openly Gay Player: Can The Kid Play Football Or Not?

February 12, 2014 2:07 PM
Dont? Stallworth On NFL’s Readiness For Openly Gay Player: Can The Kid Play Football Or Not?
" BOSTON (CBS) РDont̩ Stallworth has been making the media rounds lately after being one of the first athletes on Twitter to support Michael Sam, the All-American from Missouri entering the NFL Draft as an openly gay man.

(You can view his timeline of tweets here)

The former Patriots wide receiver is of the mind that if your organization can’t handle a “distraction” like this – one that you know about months before the draft, OTAs, training camp and the regular season – then you’re probably not a very good team to begin with.

“I’ve been on teams with major potential distractions and it’s never been an issue, so in my mind that tells me that the distraction excuse is something that people are using to try to avoid the situation altogether,” Stallworth told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich Wednesday morning.

On Sam, the fact that he put his personal life out there like this “is a testament of his courage” according to Stallworth, and the people in Missouri who know him best all praise his work ethic and character – which is what should matter the most "

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