Dallas sports anchor Dale Hansen delivered the perfect response to anyone uncomfortable with the idea of a gay NFL player.
Since Michael Sam, Missouri defensive end who is bound to be drafted by an NFL team, came out as gay, he has received loads of support, but we've also been hearing quotes like this one from an unnamed NFL player personnel assistant:
"In the coming decade or two, it's going to be acceptable, but at this point in time it's still a man's-man game. To call somebody a [gay slur] is still so commonplace. It'd chemically imbalance an NFL locker room and meeting room."
Or this one from an unnamed assistant NFL coach, again saying that it's not that he personally is uncomfortable with Michael Sam, it's just that others might be:
"There are guys in locker rooms that maturity-wise cannot handle it or deal with the thought of that...There's nothing more sensitive than the heartbeat of the locker room. If you knowingly bring someone in there with that sexual orientation, how are the other guys going to deal with it? It's going to be a big distraction. That's the reality. It shouldn't be, but it will be."
And this beauty from an unnamed NFL general manager, who has the final say on who his team picks:
“The question you will ask yourself, knowing your team, is, ‘How will drafting him affect your locker room?’ And I am sorry to say where we are at this point in time, I think it’s going to affect most locker rooms. A lot of guys will be uncomfortable. Ten years from now, fine. But today, I think being openly gay is a factor in the locker room.”
Why are all these people afraid to use their names? Maybe in the back of their minds, they hear voices like that of Dale Hansen. And maybe some of them have the common sense to know that Hansen is right.