Anchor Dale Hansen Blasts Critics Of Michael Sam In Incredible Segment On NFL Hypocrisy
The National Football League might be about to have its first openly gay athlete in Michael Sam, but it's no secret that the NFL doesn't exactly roll out the welcome mat for gay footballers. Fortunately, our new hero, Texas sports anchor Dale Hansen, took down the hypocrisy of the league on Wednesday night in one fell swoop. During the segment "Hansen Unplugged: Celebrating Our Differences," Hansen said what everyone was thinking, publicly springing to the defense of the athlete poised to become the NFL's first openly gay player. And it was brilliant.
On Monday, Sam came out to the world, explaining that he wanted to kick off his football career by controlling his own narrative. And while many people rushed to support him, including First Lady Michelle Obama, there were plenty who didn't. Some of Sam's peers were quoted as saying that Sam wouldn't be welcome in the locker room.
And then we had Hansen, who began his segment like this:
Hansen went on to compare the discrimination facing Sam to what happened a half-century ago, when black men and women started participating in national sports leagues.
Then, Hansen deals with the NFL insiders who told Sports Illustrated that Sam wouldn't fit in if he played for the NFL, because it's a "man's world."
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.
You love another man? Well, now you've gone too far.
Finally. You said it, Hansen.
Hansen adds that even if a situation makes people feel "uncomfortable," it doesn't warrant extreme hatred and bigotry. He even admits his own unease with the Sam situation:
And Hansen's not alone. Host Jon Stewart has also directly addressed Sam's critics, taking down those who thought Sam wouldn't "fit into" the league on The Daily Show earlier this week.
Meanwhile, other NFL athletes past and present have publicly supported Sam's decision to come out. Former NFL tight end Anthony Becht called Sam's move "courageous," explaining that, though not everyone would be so initially accepting: "If he can play football, [Sam] will be embraced and accepted."
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