Michael Sam, an All American football player from the University of Missouri and a prospective NFL draftee, announced this week that he is gay. This, of course, is a tipping point moment for the macho league where sissy’s have never been openly tolerated. Much of the reaction to his announcement was supportive (and certainly more supportive than it would have been just a year or two ago) but, of course, there are the reactionaries who can’t stomach any kind of change.
I thought it would be fun to post a quiz here to see if you can figure out which of these actual quotes come from NFL football players this week or from white racist baseball players in 1947. Here goes (answers at the bottom):
- “I don’t think we’re ready for this kind of player yet.”
- “Guys are going to be uncomfortable sitting next to him on the bus.”
- “Every Tom, Dick and Harry in the media is going to show up… A general manager is going to ask, ‘Why are we going to do that to ourselves?’”
- “There are guys in locker rooms that maturity-wise cannot handle it or deal with the thought of that.”
Regardless of when these comments were made, it is unbelievable that we have to keep going through these cataclysms and firsts. Aren’t we ready for the blanket condition that any discrimination is just plain unacceptable?
[Answer: all of the quotes are from NFL players and execs this week.]