Friday, February 14, 2014
Michael Sam’s father says media “twisted” his words over his son being gay
He said in a later interview: "I love him unconditionally."
Michael Sam Sr., who lives outside of Dallas, told the Galveston Daily News and KDAF-TV Dallas that he was misquoted in a New York Times article that portrayed him as being upset over his son’s decision to publicly announce that he is gay.
“It was on the phone, and I was just being talkative and they took the words, twisted them,” he told KDAF-TV.
Michael Sam is an NFL defensive end prospect from Missouri and could be the first openly gay player in the league.
The New York Times quoted Sam Sr.: “I don’t want my grandkids raised in that kind of environment I’m old-school. I’m a man and a woman type of guy.”
Sam Sr. said to the Daily News: “I did not say anything about my grandkids."
The Times reported Sam said he didn’t approve of his son's sexuality.
“I didn’t say it like that. I said me and my brother are from the old school generation and being that Deacon Jones back then, turn a page, because what he did, Michael Sam is going to go further. It’s going to be a new era. That’s what I meant. Not that Deacon Jones must be turning over in his grave. No.
"I did not say those things, the way they came out. And to my son, you’re trying to hurt him or cause chaos, a wedge between me and him will not happen.
“I applaud him for being courageous for what he done."
He told the Galveston Daily News: “My son did the right thing, and I am not against him at all. He has made a great statement in coming out, and that he should be able to play in the NFL. I love him unconditionally. Once he gets on the field and hits (someone) once, they won’t think he’s gay.”