Dungy’s Words


Earlier this week, Tony Dungy made some controversial remarks about Michael Sam. 
Over at MIC, I wrote about Tony Dungy, Michael Sam, but also about the larger institutional failures that are happening within the NFL, and how that gives me very little confidence about the locker room culture improving, to the point where Dungy’s words and assumptions can be proven false.
You can read the entire piece here. An excerpt is below.

The NFL is not necessarily prepared for what’s to come. Without knowing specifically what Dungy is referencing, it doesn’t seem a reach to assume he’s talking about potential friction in the locker room with teammates, and a divide between those with strong beliefs toward Sam’s sexual preference.
It’s not right, but this is the reality.
If the ongoing saga between iconoclastic punter/outspoken gay-rights activist Chris Kluwe and the Minnesota Vikings showed us anything, it’s that Sam’s assimilation to the NFL will be fraught with institutional pushback. It starts with the arithmetic: The sheer size and intrinsic subdivisions of NFL rosters — between offense, defense, special teams with coaches managing specific segments of players — suggests it’s not the pro sports league best equipped to handle the matter.
The NFL has a laundry list of problems. The most concerning — from a health care standpoint — is the head injury issue, which remains unresolved due to the inherent violent nature of the game. But it’s scary to reckon all the other issues the league is dealing with outside of the one that is causing permanent brain damage to most of its participants. As if that wasn’t enough.

Dungy’s Words

Earlier this week, Tony Dungy made some controversial remarks about Michael Sam. 

Over at MIC, I wrote about Tony Dungy, Michael Sam, but also about the larger institutional failures that are happening within the NFL, and how that gives me very little confidence about the locker room culture improving, to the point where Dungy’s words and assumptions can be proven false.

You can read the entire piece here. An excerpt is below.

The NFL is not necessarily prepared for what’s to come. Without knowing specifically what Dungy is referencing, it doesn’t seem a reach to assume he’s talking about potential friction in the locker room with teammates, and a divide between those with strong beliefs toward Sam’s sexual preference.

It’s not right, but this is the reality.

If the ongoing saga between iconoclastic punter/outspoken gay-rights activist Chris Kluwe and the Minnesota Vikings showed us anything, it’s that Sam’s assimilation to the NFL will be fraught with institutional pushback. It starts with the arithmetic: The sheer size and intrinsic subdivisions of NFL rosters — between offense, defense, special teams with coaches managing specific segments of players — suggests it’s not the pro sports league best equipped to handle the matter.

The NFL has a laundry list of problems. The most concerning — from a health care standpoint — is the head injury issue, which remains unresolved due to the inherent violent nature of the game. But it’s scary to reckon all the other issues the league is dealing with outside of the one that is causing permanent brain damage to most of its participants. As if that wasn’t enough.


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