Michael Sam's Dad Claims He Was Misquoted by Newspaper

Published on 14-Feb-2014 by Stacey Mickles

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Michael Sam's Dad Claims He Was Misquoted by Newspaper

Michael Sam's father claims that all those nasty things he said about his son's sexuality were taken out of context. 

What a surprise.

The elder Sam reportedly said in the New York Times article that he wasn't comfortable about his son's announcement and that he was an 'old school ... man-and-a-woman type of guy" and that he didn't want 'grandkids raised in that kind of environment.'

Well, now he's backtracking from those statements, claiming he was misquoted.

"I did not say anything about my grandkids," Sam Sr alleged.

"My son did the right thing, and I am not against him at all. He has made a great statement in coming out, and that he should be able to play in the NFL. I love him unconditionally," Sam Sr continued. "Once he gets on the field and hits [someone] once, they won't think he's gay."

Nice shot at the stereotype, dude.

Dallas sportscaster Dale Hansen's take is much more accurate.

If you want an example of how wrong a publication can be about the Michael Sam Jr story, check out Slate's destruction of Sports Illustrated writer Peter King, claiming he disregarded virtually every journalistic responsibility in the book by slanting his story on Sam's draft stock.

Trust me, the New York Times has higher standards than Peter King. And Michael Sam Sr.

Now, you wonder why Senior is backtracking? My guess is money. From the reports out there, he wouldn't win father of the year, either.

What better way to get back into your son's good graces when you know he's about to become a millionaire than to retract your statements? Makes it easier when you hit him up for a loan once he turns pro.

As for the New York Times, they stand by the report and their reporters. And until we see evidence to the contrary, I'm sticking with the Times.

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