The sports world was abuzz on Monday with talk of the first openly gay NFL draft prospect. Michael Sam came out to the world and along the way, he drew a lot of positive attention to the NFL. But at the same time, there are those who think that NFL teams will view Sam as a ‘distraction’. There’s no doubt that he’s going to draw a lot of media attention right off the bat, but once the dust settles, is it really that big of a deal that he’s gay? Jon Stewart is one person who thinks that it’s not a big deal.
Check out Stewart’s take on those who view Sam as a potential distraction:
His point at the end is a good one. Teams will sign players with much more serious ‘baggage’, so why is a gay player so much different?
In time, I don’t think it will be a big deal. But because Sam is the first, it’s a big deal for now. That’s just the way things work in this country. It takes one person to break a wall down, and then we tend to accept the rest that walk the same path. A few years from now, gay players in pro sports won’t even be a story. At least we can hope.
When you get right down to it, we are just talking about sports. If our society can deal with a homosexual partaking in athletic competition, we’re all doomed.