February 26, 2014, - 11:57 am
Michael Sam Fails Miserably @ NFL Combine; More Proof “Coming Out” Was to Extort Draft Prospects for Mediocre Athlete
Openly gay college football player Michael Sam didn’t do well at this week’s NFL Combine, a meat market where possible draft picks show what they can do. In fact, he performed terribly. And this is what many of us warned that Sam’s coming out party was really about. It was all about hedging his NFL bets with political correctness, not about civil rights for men who have oral and anal sex with other men.
When Missouri football player Sam declared he’s gay just weeks before the NFL combine and the later NFL Draft (which I call, the “Beauty Pageant for America’s Next Top Bankrupt Multi-BabyDaddy Crack Dealer”), some (including myself) speculated that this was to extort a better Draft position because he’s a mediocre athlete. If he doesn’t get picked high enough (and/or if he got cut during NFL preseason camp), he can whine that it’s “because I’m gay” and blackmail teams to draft him higher and keep him on the payroll even if he doesn’t perform. And, now, USA Today football writer Brent Sobleski is confirming that. Sobleski reported on Sam’s terrible performance at the Combine and names Sam as the Combine’s Number One disappointment.
The NFL combine is a chance to impress teams. Players have an opportunity in front of them to perform at a high level and improve their status for the NFL draft. Not every prospect performs well — and some really struggle. Unfortunately, the stock of three particular players may have dropped a round or more during Monday’s combine drills:
1. Michael Sam
The biggest obstacle for Sam isn’t his decision to announce he’s openly gay. It’s how he projects to the NFL. And he didn’t perform well in front of NFL decision-makers Monday.
Sam is an undersized 4-3 defensive end at 6-2 and 261 pounds, and he hadn’t shown the ability to play linebacker. During his workout at the combine, he didn’t display the physical tools necessary to convert to linebacker in the NFL. First of all, Sam isn’t very fast. He clocked a 4.91-second 40-yard dash. UCLA’s Anthony Barr and Buffalo’s Khalil Mack, who are considered the top 3-4 outside linebacker prospects, both ran 4.6-second 40-yard dashes. Sam’s time was among the worst of all defensive ends.
He also struggled in other events. His 17 repetitions on the bench press and 25.5-inch vertical jump were also well below average. When Sam participated in drills to see if he could convert to linebacker, he lumbered around the field and simply did not look fluid enough to be a conversion prospect. After a poor performance at the combine, Sam is likely considered late-round prospect by most teams.
But you know what they’ll say when he’s picked in one of the late rounds: it’s because he’s gay.
Statistics–the statistics by which all other (non-openly-gay) NFL draft prospects are judged–be damned.
And, by the way, late-round NFL prospects are often cut in pre-season camp. But if a team wants to cut Michael Sam for his poor performance on the field, team execs will wonder, should we cut him and bring on the wrath of the media and gay America?
And if they do cut him, you know what they’ll say again: it’s because he’s gay.
As I said then, nobody cares about who Michael Sam is sleeping with or what sex acts he performs. When it comes to football, it’s all about how he performs on the field. And since he can’t perform well there, he’s trying to make it about whom he performs with in the bedroom.
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