You are downplaying this way too easily. This isn't about some head coach or GM getting a false vote of confidence. You are talking about the first openly gay player and how the media wants this narrative to be an inspirational story. And this goes beyond the sports media. Every channel, newstation, newspaper, magazine, some politicians, etc. will demand to see this guys succeed to prove a point and break barriers. NFL owners know this and the smart ones know there is profit in it for their organizations. The NFL knows the profit as well. Sam is now and will be a media sensation.
These guys are educated men. They know the correct thing to say to avoid public backlash. Public support, damnation behind the scenes. I would almost guarantee that somewhere in the NFL these words have been uttered. "I do not want that faggot on my team" Men generally do not want it in their face. I'm cool with gay men, know several. However, it turns my stomach to see both with women & men to see them making googly eye at each other. Call me homophobic, but its who am I. I guess I can use that too.
Why would team want this distraction for a marginal talented player? If it was Jadeveon Clowney then its another story. However, we are talking about a player who might be a Day 3 pick. Not someone who will be missed.
Here is a coach trying to get his team/players ready for a season being ask about a player no one would be asking about if it wasn't for his declaration of being homosexual. Being a distraction to his players. Not going over with him
I give you one name. Kerry Rhodes.
On your second point, can you prove that? All I've read is that he was a 3rd day pick at best and some had him as an undrafted free agent. He's a guy without a position in the NFL who will have to be a special teams ace, yet that is not his current role. How does that guarantee draft status?
Always enjoy when someone shares THEIR
opinion & then you share YOUR
opinion & they ask you to prove it. Nothing funnier.
Neither of us will know how this effected his draft status. We will never know where he would have been drafted prior to declaring his like men. Could have been higher, could be the same or could have been lower. Never will know.
Now he brings media love with him so an owner might say this will increase ticket sales and make us look great among the masses so draft him early and give our team the badge of honor.
We all saw how quickly teams tired of the Tebow circus brought. This will be the similar IMO & I cannot prove it. As you said. Sam is a marginal talent for the NFL. Teams generally do not bring a circus to town for marginally talented players. Generally you have to be special. Its why TO continued to be signed, but as soon as his talent did not meet the circus he brought. Out of the NFL.