Michael Sam responds to Jon Gruden using homophobic slurs in leaked emails


Michael Sam, who became the NFL’s first openly gay draft pick when the Rams selected him in 2014, has finally weighed in on the Jon Gruden scandal that broke earlier this week, costing the disgraced coach his job with the Las Vegas Raiders.

While investigating the Washington Football Team for their own workplace misconduct over a period of several years, a number of Gruden’s leaked emails to team president Bruce Allen came to light with many of those correspondences including homophobic, racist and misogynistic language. In one exchange, Gruden implied the Rams were “pressured” into drafting Sam by commissioner Roger Goodell. Former coach Jeff Fisher was quick to refute that claim, insisting the Rams chose Sam solely for his production in college, earning SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors as a unanimous All-American in 2013.

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