Comments on: Why Michael Sam’s future may be tougher than we think http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/02/14/why-michael-sams-future-may-be-tougher-than-we-think/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: llanderos http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/02/14/why-michael-sams-future-may-be-tougher-than-we-think/#comment-83979 Sat, 15 Feb 2014 18:24:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=28089#comment-83979 wildbiker… Who cares you say? The guys in the locker room and showers with him care! I can guarantee you that!

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By: llanderos http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/02/14/why-michael-sams-future-may-be-tougher-than-we-think/#comment-83978 Sat, 15 Feb 2014 18:21:54 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=28089#comment-83978 Of course he’s got HELL ahead of him! What do you think those guys in the showers are going to think knowing this guy is gay. They certainly aren’t going to feel comfortable knowing this guy is excited by men… It’s going to lead to problems for him for sure!

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By: COindependent http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/02/14/why-michael-sams-future-may-be-tougher-than-we-think/#comment-83975 Sat, 15 Feb 2014 17:35:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=28089#comment-83975 @Nyglea That is true. But you also have to acknowledge that Pete Carroll’s final decision will be made on the contribution any player delivers to the team. No coach, regardless of his political or social motivations, is going to bet his career and that of his staff on a social agenda. They are paid to win games and championships. That’s why they keep score and post win-loss records.

As stated above, sports personifies a merit-based system. When you have 3,000 players each year, including 1,000 rookies, trying to make the cut, trust me a social agenda is the least of their concerns.

Those who are quick to question whether that is wrong are typically not the one betting their job.

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By: njglea http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/02/14/why-michael-sams-future-may-be-tougher-than-we-think/#comment-83971 Sat, 15 Feb 2014 16:29:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=28089#comment-83971 Mr. Sam might be picked up by a Great Coach like Seattle Seahawks Pete Carroll who just wants his players to be the best and socially conscious. Time for some new thinking in professional sports management and reporting.

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By: wildbiker http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/02/14/why-michael-sams-future-may-be-tougher-than-we-think/#comment-83970 Sat, 15 Feb 2014 15:49:19 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=28089#comment-83970 If the guy plays well, who cares. The snide and discriminatory comments will come out if he falters. This is not a negative, it’s human nature. Football, like other sports is intended to be merit-driven when it comes to individual achievement. If you gain visibility by means other than your performance, then fail to perform, the consequences are brutal. I understand Mr. Sam’s wanting to be honest and get ahead of the innuendo that would have followed him into the NFL, but a later ‘coming out’ may have served him better.

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By: Vuenbelvue http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/02/14/why-michael-sams-future-may-be-tougher-than-we-think/#comment-83969 Sat, 15 Feb 2014 14:00:58 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=28089#comment-83969 Comments from RSS are spot on. It has become to easy to say in a country of 330 million and as diverse as the US Government has made this one, that everyone is for the subject the reporter or others advocate because of silence from the majority. In another article today, President Obama says all Americans share California’s misfortune with a epic drought. Then the Olympics start in Sochi and the media declares all Americans welcome the Olympics and time to drop what they are doing and tune in. I haven’t watched any of it and never have like the Olympics. I guess I could be declared anti-American or a Olympic racist.
It reminds one of the child in school who takes the arrowhead he found at Grandma’s and tells his mother everyone in school liked it when in fact only his class saw it. RSS is right, it has gotten to be tedious.

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By: COindependent http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/02/14/why-michael-sams-future-may-be-tougher-than-we-think/#comment-83958 Sat, 15 Feb 2014 00:42:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=28089#comment-83958 Who cares! Should he come across as a reasonable individual and if he can contribute to the team, he will do fine with his teammates and the public. If comes across as an activist, promoting some gay-centric agenda, then he will be ignored.

The notoriety of someone “coming out” appears to be more interesting to those in the media than the general population. In fact, it’s getting tedious. Give it a rest and move on. No story here.

If he is good enough to make the team, he will. If not, the media will fill reams of newsprint and video condemning the team and coaches.

If he wants to be treated like anyone else, then it should be acknowledged that he may not be good enough to make the team. He will be one of 1,000–and the majority will not make the cut.

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