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(VIDEO) Dallas TV host Dale Hansen stands up for Michael Sam
Dallas's Dale Hansen is a legendary face in American local sports television, most famous for his dogged investigation of SMU and its Mustangs football team in the 1980's, which gave them the NCAA's first and only Death Penalty.
But this is his most honest and, in my opinion, finest piece of work. At least, in quite some time.
Just a couple days ago, NLF Draft prospect Michael Sam (who just finished his collegiate career with the Missouri Tigers) came out as gay. If drafted – when drafted – he will become the first openly gay player in the National Football League.
(Sam actually came out to his Missouri Tigers teammates before this last season.)
Hansen then notes how several NFL officials have said Sam's announcement will hurt his draft stock.
"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... 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."
Hansen also notes how it wasn't that long ago that white NFL fans, officials, or players (whoever) were uncomfortable with black players in the league, and how it took even longer for American to accept a black quarterback.
But it's the bit at the end I found particularly memorable, as Hansen displays what the word acceptance really means. Again, to me, anyway.
"I'm not always comfortable when a man tells me he's gay, I don't understand his world," Hansen says. "But I do understand that he's part of mine.
"Civil rights activist Audre Lorde said, It is not our differences that divide us, it is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences. We've always been able to recognize him. Some of us accept him. And I want to believe there will be a day when we do celebrate him."