While viewers may have been expecting the usual rundown of awesome plays for the night on Monday, Dallas sports commentator Dale Hansen gave them something a little different. Addressing Michael Sam, who is poised to become the first openly-gay NFL player.
Many have said that the NFL doesn’t want the controversy surrounding a gay player, and Hansen showed the world exactly how idiotic that idea is–by showcasing some of the wonderful people the NFL hosts.
[box type=”shadow”]You beat a woman and drag her down a flight of stairs, pulling her hair out by the roots? You’re the fourth guy taken in the NFL draft. You kill people while driving drunk? That guy’s welcome. Players caught in hotel rooms with illegal drugs and prostitutes? We know they’re welcome. Players accused of rape and pay the woman to go away? You lie to police, trying to cover up a murder? We’re comfortable with that.[/box]
“You love another man? Well, now you’ve gone too far!” Hansen said, driving the point home. Then he got personal:
[box type=”shadow”] “I’m not always comfortable when a man tells me he’s gay; I don’t understand his world–But I do understand that he’s part of mine.”[/box]
Hansen likened the Sam controversy to the civil rights battle within the sport:
[box type=”shadow”]It wasn’t that long ago when we were being told that black players couldn’t play in our games, because it would be uncomfortable, and even when they finally could, it took several years before a black man played quarterback, because we weren’t comfortable with that either. So many of the same people who used to make that argument (and the many who still do) are the same people who say government should stay out of our lives But then want government in our bedrooms. I’ve never understood how they feel “comfortable” laying claim to both sides of that argument.[/box]
Hansen told the Huffington Post that he didn’t realize what he said was so surprising: “Some people don’t seem to believe this — I honestly didn’t think it was going to be that big a deal.” He says that his stance Seems like common sense to me — nothing more or less.”
While Hansen may not feel his remarks are in any way special, the rest of us appreciate his support of a brave man who proudly declared who he is despite nigh-certain adversity.
Watch Hansen’s EPIC segment below: