Former NFL Coach: Sam’s Sexual Orientation Will Bring ‘Baggage’ To The Locker Room
Herm Edwards repeatedly called Michael Sam by the wrong name and compared the openly gay NFL prospect to a player with off-the-field issues in a disaster of an appearance tonight on ESPN.
Edwards worries that other players won’t be able to handle media questions about it.
“When you go into the draft, look at it this way. Let’s say Michael Sams (sic) is not a gay player, but he’s a player that has some issues, off the field issues. The thing you talk about in the organization with the GM and obviously the owner is, can we handle this guy? Can we handle the media that’s going to come along with his situations?” Edwards, a former coach for the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs, said on ESPN.
“He’s bringing baggage into your locker room. So when you think about Michael Sams (sic), all the sudden, can the players handle the media attention they’re going to get when they get the question asked, ‘Are you OK with a gay teammate?’”