A Texas sports anchor has attracted lots of attention for a segment where he ripped apart the anonymous National Football League executives who said the league isn’t ready for its potential first gay player.
WFAA’s Dale Hansen called University of Missouri defensive end Michael Sam “the best defensive player in college football’s best conference” on Monday’s broadcast. He went on to slam NFL executives for saying Sam’s prospects would be hurt in the draft because he came out as gay, while being perfectly fine with drafting players who “lie to police trying to cover up a murder” and “beat a woman and drag her down a flight of stairs.”
“I’m not always comfortable when a man tells me he’s gay. I don’t understand his world,” Hansen admitted. “But I do understand that he’s part of mine.”
“Civil rights activist Audre Lord said: ‘It is not our differences that divide us. It’s our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences,'” he continued. “We’ve always been able to recognize them. Some of us accept them. And I want to believe that there will be a day when we do celebrate them. I don’t know if that day’s here yet. I guess we’re about to find out. But when I listen to Michael Sam, I do think it’s time to celebrate him now.”
Watch below, courtesy of WFAA:
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at email@example.com.