Americans love their professional sports and to a large degree the athletes who play at that level. But something interesting is now taking place in professional sports, the politically correct sports bureau is now making the decisions about who and what is acceptable in professional sports and who and what is now not to be accepted.
It all culminated in the 249th pick of the draft, the late 7th round just before the final few picks were finalized. Michael Sam, the first openly gay college player, who came out just after his season was over and before the NFL combine, was selected by the St. Louis Rams. Sure he was the SEC defensive player of the year, a man with 11.5 sacks for a Missouri team that played in the SEC championship game. He was impressive and came out as gay, only the second player likely to be in professional sports to do so (Collins for the NBA had come out earlier on the tail of his NBA career after many seasons as a backup center). But then came the NFL combine, which exposed Sam’s weaknesses as a player. As at least one scout noted, “he’s tight, he’s stiff, and he’s short. He’s got a lot going against him.” Before the combine he was listed no higher than a fourth round pick, after he was listed as a sixth round pick. That meant he only had a 50% chance of getting drafted. According to the official draft report he, “Compares favorably to Chargers 2009 first-round pick Larry English, an overhyped, overdrafted, marginal producer in the pros.” But come the draft he made the cut and proceeded to kiss his boyfriend on live television.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t give a crap that he is gay, I don’t care that he kissed his boyfriend. I am not one for public displays of affection period. I am also, like most Americans, watching ESPN for sports and nothing else. Many Americans were not happy with the televised kiss. Miami Dolphins player Don Jones tweeted “OMG” and “horrible” in reaction to the kiss. For that he will be fined an undisclosed amount and will be attending reeducation camp compliments of the NFL lest he have opinions of his own that are not part of the politically correct line.
I think it was best summed up by FSU linebacker DeMarcus Walker who noted something in a tweet of his own. “Y’all praise Michael Sam for being gay but y’all mocked Tim Tebow for being a Christian. SMH.” This little nugget of wisdom was retweeted over 7000 times.
But there it is, we remember Tebow, he led the Broncos to a 7-4 record in 11 starts, made the playoffs and won a playoff game. His reward, fired the next year for Manning and now can’t find a job in the NFL. Never mind that he was a phenomenal college player that set multiple records and won the Heisman trophy. Several people argue that he wasn’t an elite caliber quarterback and that is why he doesn’t have a job. But many more people say he was ostracized from the NFL for his outspoken Christianity.
If Michael Sam was like every other NFL player he wouldn’t have received a telephone call from the President or gotten more air time on every sports show in the nation that anything else for being nearly the last pick in the NFL.
The NFL has kissed the ring of political correctness and bowed down to the masters of dual sets of standards. They will praise what is right and condemn what is wrong; they will be inclusive, tolerant, and enlightened as long as those match the party line that is being preached by the loud mouthed libtards who rule the PC world.
If Sam doesn’t pan out at training camp, and there is large reason to expect that he won’t given his size, weight and how his hustle vice skill game translates to the big times, expect the establishment to be all up in arms about the NFL cutting its only openly gay player. Here is the thing; there are already gay players in the NFL. Given the diversity of the NFL, you only have to be an elite athlete at the top of your game to compete, there is probably more than a few gay players. I guess they just feel that they would rather be remembered for the play on the field than wearing their sexuality on their sleeve in order to garner an imbalanced amount of attention from the media.