New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said the team would welcome NFL prospect Michael Sam, who came out publicly as gay. If there is any team that could deal with the media circus that will follow Sam to any team that drafts him, it is the Patriots. According to CBS News on Feb. 10, Kraft believes that Sam could be an asset to the team.
The Patriots owner told the Boston Herald, when asked about the possibility of selecting Sam, that winning would be the objective and that the Patriots would provide the atmosphere and support he needs to succeed.
“We’re about winning. And anyone who can come in here and help us win, I personally don’t care what their ethnic background is, their racial background, the gender preference. If they can help us win, and they’re about the team first, then I’m happy to have him here.”
The Patriots is one organization that can definitely handle any distractions that Michael Sam would bring to the team as far as media attention goes. The team just happens to need a pass rusher and if Sam is available when they select, the team would take a serious look at drafting him if he fits their needs on the field.
As far as having an openly gay player in the locker room, Robert Kraft said there would be support for Michael Sam.
“If a player were gay and came into this locker room, it would be the most supportive system. He’d gain strength by being in here. And it wouldn’t be divisive and he’d make friends for life and they could help him win.”
Kraft is not a player, but as an owner he would assure that there would be a supportive atmosphere surrounding any player. Kraft also pointed out the fact that Sam came out to his Missouri teammates before the season and they ended up going 12-2 and was in the SEC championship game. So there wouldn’t necessarily be a negative distraction.
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