Michael Sam’s announcement was bound to be met with a mix of reactions from indifference to acceptance and hate–but with a law banning gay NFL players?
For the last few years there have been rumors that there was going to be a player in the NFL announcing that he is gay. There have of course been gay players in the past, but their sexuality was not public knowledge until long after their careers were over. By making his sexual preference known Michael Sam–the co-defensive player of the year in the SEC–all but guaranteed that there would indeed be an openly gay player in the NFL next season.
Some will look at his less than stellar performance in the NFL Combine as reason to think that he may not actually make it, but long time Combine followers know that performance there means little when it comes to measuring how well a player can perform on the field.
Fact of the matter is that Sam is a solid football player, and while he may have some work to do in order to become an every down player on the defensive line he is good enough to play. Should that be the case, or if another player decides to announce he is gay, one lobbyist wants to make sure they can’t play in the NFL.
He wants to ban gay athletes from playing in the NFL. GOP lobbyist Jack Burkman is working on developing legislation that if enacted would do just that.
”We are losing our decency as a nation,” Burkman said in a statement. “Imagine your son being forced to shower with a gay man. That’s a horrifying prospect for every mom in the country. What in the world has this nation come to?”
His lobbying firm, Burkman Associates, works t secure contracts with the federal government for companies so Burkman is bound to have a lot of contacts inside Washington D.C. circles, but enough to get a law like this passed? There is no word on whether he has finished his proposed legislation or if a congressman has agreed to sponsor the bill so we may never know.
Michael Sam’s announcement has been largely met with support and well wishes, but even the though of such legislation is proof positive that society still has a long way to go before sexual orientation becomes exactly what is–a personal and private matter.
“If the NFL has no morals and no values, then Congress must find values for it,” Burkman said.[H/T The Hill]