After Michael Sam, the former Missouri Tiger, came out and declared that he was openly-gay, the inevitable question began to pop into Patriots fans’ heads, of whether or not he would be accepted into the New England organization. Well Robert Kraft quickly gave us an answer, in a terrific interview conducted by the Boston Herald.
Here are a few quotes from Kraft:
“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 team first, then I’m happy to have him here.”
He also said that he believes his team would welcome Sam with open arms, and be extremely supportive to their possible teammate.
“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.
If Sam is drafted (almost a certainty), he would become the first openly-gay NFL player, which is something that not only will be huge for football, but for the entire country. As a football player, Sam isn’t supposed to be that great, as he is projected to go somewhere between the third and fifth round in most mock drafts. He is a pass rusher, which is an area of need for the Pats, so keep an eye out for Bill Belichick and company selecting him in the later rounds this April.