A Dallas sportscaster is earning praise after defending the SEC Defensive Player of the Year. That player, Missouri's defensive lineman Michael Sam, announced on Sunday that he is gay.
Dale Hansen has anchored sports reports at ABC affiliate WFAA since 1983. He started his " Unplugged" segment on Monday by noting that Sam came out to the world and that he was projected to be picked in the third to fifth round of the NFL draft. Hansen then offered up what he believes was the most alarming part of the story.
"The best defensive player in college football's best conference only a third to fifth round NFL pick? Really?" Hansen asked incredulously. "That is shocking, and I guess that other thing is, too."
The TV anchor referenced a Sports Illustrated article that quoted anonymous NFL executives saying that Sam's draft stock would be affected by his announcement. Also in the report, an NFL player personnel assistant said an NFL locker room is not ready to embrace its first openly gay player.Read More »from Dallas Anchor Dale Hansen's Plea for Acceptance of Michael Sam's Sexuality Goes Viral