Sportscaster Dale Hansen’s commentary on Michael Sam being openly gay goes viral

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DALLAS, TX – Sportscaster Dale Hansen did a commentary on Michael Sam being openly gay on WFAA-TV. The post has gone viral on Reddit.  Read the comments here.

This is an excerpt from the commentary:

Michael Sam would be the first openly gay player in the NFL; says he knows there will be problems… and they’ve already started.

Several NFL officials are telling Sports Illustrated it will hurt him on draft day because a gay player wouldn’t be welcome in an NFL locker room. It would be uncomfortable, because that’s a man’s world.

You beat a woman and drag her down a flight of stairs, pulling her hair out by the roots? You’re the fourth guy taken in the NFL draft.

You kill people while driving drunk? That guy’s welcome.

Players caught in hotel rooms with illegal drugs and prostitutes? We know they’re welcome.

Players accused of rape and pay the woman to go away?

You lie to police trying to cover up a murder?

We’re comfortable with that.

You love another man? Well, now you’ve gone too far!

More: WFAA.com

31 comments

  • Helga Schneider Martin

    Dale Hanson, I have missed you! Left Dallas in 2003 and moved to NE Arkansas. Just listened to your commentary about Michael Sam, and I am so proud and impressed you laid it out there in your Hanson way! Thank you for making some valid points! I hope everyone listens to your commentary to the end and I hope it will give people pause – hopefully changing some minds in the process!

  • Pamela TER GAST

    Ummmm…bible (t)humpers… Somehow I have a feeling that god and his son are high fiving each other somewhere saying : WE DID IT! These idiots are so busy spewing their hatred about our Sam and his millions of brothers and sisters all over our beautiful Universe..that loving, good people paying attention will every day be more and more convinced how EVIL has no place…and fight for the rights of ALL….

  • Grandebbie

    Okay….the big announcement….he’s gay! Why does he feel a need to announce his sexual preferences? He has now made this an issue! I keep hearing people say that being gay should not be an issue, and yet the ones making it a issue are the ones proclaiming it to the world! And for these beautiful bodied men to have an openly gay man dressing and showering with them is awkward to say the absolute least. And….who actually said it is okay with the other players when a teammate kills or rapes someone, drives drunk, does drugs, or hires prostitutes? All of these acts are despicable! They are all sinful. Back to the real issue….. If a man “announces” he is gay in any sports arena involving teams, HE is the ones who has made it an issue…..and from that moment on, he should not be allowed to dress in the dressing room with the straight players any more than a women should be allowed to. It is inappropriate….you shouldn’t be allowed to have it both ways!

    • silly2

      And….who actually said it is okay with the other players when a teammate kills or rapes someone, drives drunk, does drugs, or hires prostitutes? <

      The teams that draft these players guilty of these offenses say it is o.k.

      • DAH

        If you really want to be accurate….it is the NFL that allows it…..not in all cases, and I don’t agree with it, but they sometimes do……and they will also allow an openly gay player to play! But he should not be allowed to dress with the other men. He made it an issue.

      • dahandly

        Well…..In making his point…..DALE said it!!! And he is somewhat right…..sometimes these guys do get away with some illegal acts. And, I, for one, would like to see them spend time in jail just like anyone else who has engaged in such behavior. Regardless……my real point is that any NFL, NBA, or other team players who proclaim their sexual preference to that of being attracted to other men should not be allowed to dress and shower with the rest of the team. It is uncomfortable to a lot of people.

  • Shawn

    He left killing and torturing dogs off of his commentary. that idiot is still playing football. I’d be more worried about being in a locker room with Idiot vick than Michael Sam.

  • Cliff

    I could care less about Michael’s announcement however it is incorrect to state that the New Testament does not speak to sexual sins including homosexuality – there are several verses. Here is one in Romans:

    26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

    • Danny

      Do you even know who stated those words Cliff? It was Paul the Apostle, not God or Jesus. Paul was described as unstable and extreme, especially in his views of marriage and sexuality. He was a man that never married at all actually. Isn’t it interesting that he would have these views about a culture he just encountered? You really need to actually READ the Bible before you make claims. He was a flawed human being JUDGING other people from another culture:The Romans. Why would anyone take advice from a man who struggled with his own sexual nature and remained single his entire life??? Not someone to take advice from.

  • Amber

    It’s not our place to judge. God will do that. It is not our business to tell someone else how to live their life. Just live your own to the best of your ability. Arguing over religion is so pointless. Just ignore the ignorance!

  • RW

    Women reporters were not allowed in the locker rooms due to players in various stages of undress and the league got past it and players are able to get privacy when and where they desire. The numerous comments on a gay player being able to see other players naked as a problem shows ignorance. Gay men and lesbians are still viewed as sexual deviants unable to see a naked person without uncontrollable arousal. I am a straight man and I’m not attracted to every woman in the world or aroused by any and all nudity. Why would you believe it is otherwise for a homosexual? Michael Sam didn’t announce his sexual preference to create an issue but all sports have had gay players for years and openly gay players have not existed. His announcement bravely attempts to challenge a barrier and show gay children they can do anything and not have to hide who they are. He was openly gay in the Mizzou locker room and his teammates admired and respected him as an individual and a leader. It may hurt his draft standing (though it shouldn’t) but his integrity goes up in a league that claims to honor that (Walter Payton award, anyone?). Lastly, for everyone quoting the Bible to justify a homophobic stance: please stop. It should be an indicator when Bible verses are only taken out of context in order to justify hate. There are plenty of examples of verses where love and compassion are taught and they are much easier to find.

    • DAH

      RW…..I don ‘t think you understood my point…..You, as a straight man, may not be attracted to all naked women in a locker room, but I can ASSURE you that they don’t all feel comfortable having you in there! You see….it is not about YOU and how YOU feel, it is about the others. And quite frankly…..I couldn’t care less about gay athletes desires or non desires in the locker room. That is not the point I am trying to make here. I am more concerned about the other players and how THEY feel!…the gay guys are not the only ones we have to consider….oh sure, they might just think it is dandy to be in the locker room with the guys, and, you’re right, they may never feel attracted to anyone on the team….but, then, who knows, right? My point is that the other players might be “uncomfortable” with it. And I, for one, feel that they also need to be protected and that their feelings about this should also be taken into consideration. I think it is important to address EVERYONES concerns…..not just the gay players! IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT THE GAY ATHLETES. So, if a gay player feels a need to make a big deal and to announce to the world his/her sexual preferences being that of same sex attractions…..I feel that he/she may have to make and live by special arrangements at times because their proclaimed lifestyle can make others walking around naked feel a bit uncomfortable.

  • Dan

    You’re right, gosh darn it, “Love thy neighbor as thyself… Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” Thanks for putting this all in perspective Stacy–God is a whole lot bigger than some person’s sexual preferences.

  • Helga Schneider Martin

    ,,,,but it is NOT your place to judge or condemn another human being! As you said, we answer to God in the end – not you or any other human. No one is without sin, so let’s accept each other and take care of each other as the bible teaches us. Judgement is for God to pass, no one else!

  • Jason Granger

    Yeah. No. You’re just dead wrong. There is no god or judgment coming. Stop trying to force your whack job religion on us!

  • Leigh

    Stacy, do you go out from the village while menstruating and refrain from human contact for the duration plus seven days whilst you are unclean?

    Do you wear clothing of more than one material?

    Do you eat crops from fields that have grown more than one type of seed?

    If your father was to barter you to a 60 year old man, would that be okay?

    Would you be okay with being killed for not marrying that 60 year old man and bearing his children?

    Think very carefully on all of those before you decide to cast your judgement on others, because the bible holds very specific opinions on those matters as well.

  • Danny

    Do you ever casually read the Bible Stacey? You’d be surprised to know that there is nowhere stated in the bible where God himself or Jesus articulates that homosexuality is a sin. It is mentioned in The Book of Leviticus (The old testament at that), along with a long list of other strange laws for the people at the time. That was stated in a specific context that has nothing to do with people today. Sodom and Gomorrah is also referred to as a city doomed by homosexuality but if you read carefully the city’s downfall has more to do with it’s extravagance, greed, denial of God’s existence, and neglect of the poor. And let’s not forget when Peter goes to Rome and sees the Romans worshiping false idols. Has anyone ever looked at him as just a man who happened to be in a culture shock? God, nor Jesus ever ever ever stated in the bible that homosexuality was a sin. In fact, it is not even mentioned.

    Now, I suggest you read the story of David and Jonathan, which has been debated for centuries. It’s hard to deny that there’s some lovey dovey happening between the two. Is it explicit? No. But is there enough to conclude that something romantic in nature is taking place between both men? Yes. While you’re studying that, you might also want to read about Naomi and Ruth, two women whose love was expressed also as romantic in nature. Again, it is not explicit but there is enough in the pot to be cooking. None of these men or women are condemned by God or Jesus for their love. Love is love in his eyes looking at these people.

    So that’s your homework. I hope you study it like a good Christian and come back with a better and more informed argument than “It’s all a sin”.
    Remember what God said: “Study to show thyself approved” Do just that darling:)

  • Danny

    Yes it does say that, and I think I expressed that in my statement. That was in the OLD TESTAMENT where God was telling the people of Israel how not to behave like the people of Canaan. There was a specific context in which God was speaking specifically to a group of people. Do you get that? Read it carefully and stop judging. In fact, that is something that God and Jesus spoke about. “Who soever has not sinned cast the first stone.” Remember that? Follow the Lord’s words and try it.

  • Lin

    I believe that Jesus also said, “Woman get up and SIN NO MORE”. He doesn’t say to keep doing it because you think YOU are above God’s laws. You know you can only thumb your nose up to God for so long. Problem is the rest of us will get punished too. And do you really think that because God just spoke to ‘a certain group’ that it’s not meant for all?

  • Danny

    Oh course it’s not meant for all….what planet do you live on???? Do we live today as the people did at the time? Absolutely not. There is a context that that was stated, God was NOT referring to people today. He knows we will never be perfect in his eyes-which is why his son Jesus died for our sins. Seriously get a clue and actually READ the Bible, not what your minister is spewing. God actually talks about people being too “temple like” and holier than thou. It’s spoken against in the Bible.

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