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Tony Dungy Would Like To Clarify That He Doesn’t Hate Gay People (Wink,Wink)

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ESPN – Tony Dungy sought Tuesday to clarify remarks he made regarding Michael Sam, saying the openly gay linebacker who was drafted by the St. Louis Rams “absolutely” deserves a chance to play in the NFL. Dungy’s comments to the Tampa Tribune for a story published Sunday created a backlash within traditional and social media. On Tuesday, in a statement released to media outlets, Dungy said he gave an “honest answer” to questions about Sam. Dungy said his comments were made to the newspaper several weeks ago, when “the Oprah Winfrey reality show that was going to chronicle Michael’s first season had been announced.” The time frame of when Dungy made his remarks is in question. Tribune reporter Ira Kaufman told “The Dan Patrick Show” on Tuesday afternoon that he talked to Dungy “a week or two back.” Also, Winfrey’s planned documentary of Sam’s rookie season was postponed in mid-May — long before Dungy was interviewed by the Tribune, according to Kaufman.The remarks caused a stir for Dungy, who advocated for quarterback Michael Vick’s return to the league after he was convicted in 2007 on dogfighting charges. Dungy implied he should have been asked particular follow-up questions by Kaufman.

“I was not asked whether or not Michael Sam deserves an opportunity to play in the NFL. He absolutely does.
“I was not asked whether his sexual orientation should play a part in the evaluation process. It should not.
“I was not asked whether I would have a problem having Michael Sam on my team. I would not.
“But those were not the questions I was asked. What I was asked about was my philosophy of drafting, a philosophy that was developed over the years, which was to minimize distractions for my teams.

“I do not believe Michael’s sexual orientation will be a distraction to his teammates or his organization. I do, however, believe that the media attention that comes with it will be a distraction. Unfortunately we are all seeing this play out now, and I feel badly that my remarks played a role in the distraction.

 

I love how Dungy is surprised by the outrage at his comments and is now backpedling trying to blame the reporter for not asking the right follow up questions. Wake up bro. It’s 2014. 99% of America doesn’t give a flying fuck is somebody is gay or not. Being a gay hater is not in vogue. And spare me the song and dance about your drafting philosophy. We’ve already gone over this 1,000 times. You had a guy who murdered a guy on your team. You stuck your neck out for a dog killer and begged teams to give him a chance.  You signed Keyshawn Johnson for god sakes. Yet despite all this maybe you could still get away with lying through your teeth if you weren’t already on public hating gay people

From 2007 – Dungy told the audience he supported the group’s efforts to amend the Indiana constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman. “I appreciate the stance they’re taking, and I embrace that stance,” Dungy told the crowd of about 700 people. Dungy said his comments should not be considered gay bashing.”We’re not trying to downgrade anyone else. But we’re trying to promote the family — family values the Lord’s way,” Dungy said.

Classic Dungy. Hey Tony go tell a gay person you’re not trying to downgrade them by saying they can’t get married. Just protecting the lord’s way huh? Says the guy who sucks a dog murderer’s dick and basically brushes murder under the carpet. Name me a more two faced bigot than Tony Dungy. You can’t.