Tony Dungy is known around the NFL as the mentor to “troubled” players. Most notably Dungy mentored Michael Vick when he was trying to return to the league after his dog fighting fiasco. Michael Vick murdered dogs, and Tony Dungy thought he was worth the hassle.
While Dungy was coach of the Indianapolis Colts Dexter Reid, DeDe Dorsey, Mike Doss, Darrell Reid, and Dominic Rhodes were all arrested. Those guys were, in Tony Dungy’s eyes, worth the hassle. Also while Dungy was coach of the Colts Marvin Harrison was investigated for murder. It was worth the hassle.
On Michael Sam however Tony Dungy had this to say:
“‘I wouldn’t have taken him,’ said Dungy, now an analyst for NBC. ‘Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.’”
Tony Dungy was the first African American head coach in the NFL. If Malcolm Glazer had told him in 1996 that he loved him, but he didn’t want to “deal with all of it” having the first black coach in the NFL, how do you think Dungy would have felt about that?
I have no problem with Dungy speaking his mind and having an opinion. What I have a problem with is Dungy’s obvious disingenuous reason. If dealing with all the “troubled” guys he’s dealt with wasn’t a hassle then I expect dealing with someone who happens to be gay isn’t going to really be one.
Let’s be honest about this Michael Vick faced a huge outcry when returning to the league. Yet Dungy went to bat for him.
I don’t know what Dungy’s real motivation for not wanting Sam would be. Maybe it’s religious, maybe it’s just plain old backwards thinking. I’m willing to bet that it’s not the reason he gave though.
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