Found February 11, 2014 on Bush League Chronicle:
Michael Sam has shaken up the football world with his recent announcement that he is gay. And it leaves some to wonder how the NFL prospect will be treated once he enters the league.In an interview with ESPN radio, Sam's former coach at Missouri, Gary Pinkel, went on the record in saying that the Miami Dolphins would be a bad fit, considering the situation that arose with Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito last year.“I think the incident that happened down in Miami with the Dolphins — I don’t know the people involved there, and I’m not really judging them, but when you have a locker room atmosphere like that, when people are verbally being destructive to each other and you call it fun, I think there’s a fine line there,” Pinkel said, via Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post. “I’m not one of the Righteous Brothers here, but we talk to our team all the time about how locker rooms are great in sports, locker rooms are awesome. It’s a great thing about being a member of the team. Guys like to bust each other, go after each other verbally. But there’s a certain point when what you say is hurtful and it doesn’t help the team, it hurts the team.“If you have that kind of environment where people say anything they want and say mean, awful berating things to people, it probably will not work very well. But if you have a team that respects one another — I may be naive, that’s what we try to do.”One player who may be able to relate to Sam is San Diego linebacker Manti Te'o. Although he never came out publicly as being gay, he faced an uphill climb after the fake girlfriend story surfaced, leaving many teams hesitant to draft him.Via Pro Football Talk

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