WHEN MICHAEL SAM, an All-American defensive end for the University of Missouri Tigers, came out as gay during an interview with ESPN last week, it sparked a lot of excitement that the NFL is in line to get its first active openly gay player. Sam is finishing up his senior year at Missouri and is considered a third- to fourth-round pick in the upcoming draft.

Apparently, though, not everyone is sharing in that excitement. Certain “anonymous NFL executives” have predicted Sam’s draft chances will worsen as a result of his revelation.

Dale Hansen, sportscaster for Dallas’s WFAA, has something to say about that. And we should all listen.