Last summer, on the subject of former NFL rookie and openly gay defensive end Michael Sam, former NFL coach and current NBA analayst Tony Dungy admitted that he would not have drafted Sam if he had been in the position to do so.
“Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play,” Dungy told the Tampa Tribune, “but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.”
Former NBA player Jason Collins, who also came out as gay, has a problem with Dungy’s line of thinking in a USA TODAY Sports piece about a new international study on homophobia in sports.
“If you were to ask Tony Dungy if he feels like homophobia is in his level of thinking or if he’s homophobic, he’d say no,” Collins said.
“Well, if you were to ask Donald Sterling if he sees how his comments are racist, he said no, too. Some people don’t recognize their own racism, homophobia. His awareness, and people like him, are the problem.”
Dungy was contacted to respond to Collins, but declined.