Tony Dungy, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts head coach, has again taken an opportunity to showcase his homophobia. Dungy told the Tampa Tribune that he would not have drafted openly gay NFL then-prospect Michael Sam:
"I wouldn't have taken him,'' said former Bucs and Colts coach Tony Dungy, now an analyst for NBC. "Not because I don't believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn't want to deal with all of it.
"It's not going to be totally smooth ... things will happen.''
Dungy has a history of homophobia, even raising tens of thousands of dollars for an organization that fights against equality for LGBT people.
Dungy couches his homophobia here in a concern for his team and the dreaded "distraction." Yet Dungy had no problem being a rare black head coach in a once-white-only profession.
As Jim Buzinski said to me in an email this morning: Thank god Dungy isn't coaching in the NFL anymore. No one has to be subjected to his homophobia.