Add legendary Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett to the already long list of former NFL players to weigh in on prospect Michael Sam, who came out as gay publicly on Sunday and will enter the draft in May--meaning, barring the unforeseeable, he’ll become the first openly gay player in the league.
First off, Dorsett applauded Sam for his announcement.
“I respect his courage to come out like that,” Dorsett told 103.3-FM ESPN Radio in Dallas, via the Dallas Morning News. “I never thought it would happen. I never thought a football player would step up to the plate.”
That said, Dorsett isn’t sure if the NFL is ready for an openly gay player, which seems a widely held opinion among players current and past.
“I appreciate his courage,” Dorsett said. “I can appreciate his courage for stepping up like that and doing it, but I don’t know, man. I don’t know if the NFL is ready for this. They’ll say they are but I don’t know if they’re quite ready for it.”
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