Michael Sam on Jon Gruden’s homophobic emails: ‘Unfortunate’ it happened on same team as Carl Nassib

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Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to join the NFL, addressed The homophobic email that John Gruden wrote and surfaced publicly before this Gruden resigns as head coach of Las Vegas Raiders on Monday.

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In one of Gruden’s emails — which also contained foul and racist language — he used a homophobic term referring to the drafting of Sam by the then-St. Louis Ram.

“It’s unfortunate,” Sam said Wednesday during a webinar hosted by Augusta College, “especially given that the first active gay player playing is on the same team.”


Sam Karl was talking luck, a defensive end for the Raiders Who is the first openly gay active NFL player. Sam did not make an active NFL roster.

Later Fates publicly revealed in June that he is gay, Gruden told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “I learned a long time ago that what makes a man different is what makes him great.”

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But Sam, speaking at an event billed as a “daring conversation with Michael Sam” and offering his first public comment about Gruden’s email, said, “So it almost sounds like you know That’s how the whole team would rally around (Naseeb), but again, it almost feels like it was just for show. So are you sure you’re a part of it or not?

“It’s moving in that direction (of acceptance), so if you’re not a part of it, you need to find another profession.”

Raiders general manager Mike Mayock said that fate was relieved from team activities by the Raiders on Wednesday after requesting an individual day.

Sam, who played in Missouri and was named the SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, said there are close gay players in the NFL.

“I know people who are struggling in the NFL and haven’t been able to come out,” he said.

When asked how he expects the NFL will respond to Gruden’s email, Sam replied, “They certainly would crack down on this kind of bigotry.”

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