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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


  • 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.

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