During a segment on Monday night's show, "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" took on the issue of NFL prospect Michael Sam announcing that he is game and likely becoming the first gay player in the league.
Well, less on the announcement itself and more on the huge response its received and the media swamp that's enveloped the story.
After opening the segment with a dig at Tim Tebow (The NFL's "first openly really bad football player"), Stewart addressed the media coverage surrounding Sam's announcement and some of the inane reaction that's emerged in the aftermath.
Sam has received a good deal of support form the football community, especially from his teammates and his college program at Missouri, which clashes with some unfair stereotypes associated with the region.
"Just goes to show that despite what the heartland's reputation, they'll welcome anyone, no matter how different, if you're really good at football," Stewart said.
However, the ultimate driving point of the segment was to skewer the idea that Sam's draft stock is dropping because team's are afraid of the "controversy" that would ensue should a team draft the Missouri product. Stewart compared the speculative controversy over Sam's presence on an NFL team to a number of notable NFL players that have committed serious crimes before returning to an NFL roster (if they were even removed at all).
"No team wants the controversy that having a gay player would cause," Stewart said. "If he had just been accused of DUI vehicular manslaughter [picture of Donte Stallworth appears] or obstruction of justice in connection with a murder [Ray Lewis] or had been accused of sexual assault [Ben Roethlisberger] or screamed the n-word as a concert [Riley Cooper] or killed a bunch of dogs [Michael Vick] and buried them in his [expletive] yard, you know, NFL material."
Sam, an undersized defensive end prospect, was a highly successful defensive player at Missouri, piling up accolades during his four seasons playing in the SEC. As a redshirt senior in 2013, he led the conference in sacks. Prior to his announcement, he was projected to be a mid-round draft pick. There is some speculation that Sam's stock has been damaged as a result. However, it would only take one team that ignored that aspect to toss aside that idea.
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