The response to Michael Sam coming out has been overwhelmingly positive in most circles, but some NFL players and front-office personnel haven’t sounded as welcoming.
Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” addressed Sam’s announcement on Monday night’s show, commending the Missouri defensive star for his courage. While much of the segment was done in Stewart’s usual lighthearted and satirical fashion (including a jab at Tim Tebow), Stewart took a more serious tone when talking about Sam’s acceptance inside the league.
Stewart took aim at some players, such as New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who have expressed doubts or concerns about sharing a locker room with a gay teammate. He also attacked owners and front-office personnel who might oppose drafting Sam because of the potential “distraction,” pointing to the cases of controversial stars such as Ben Roethlisberger, Michael Vick and even Ray Lewis, among others, to show the ridiculousness of such a statement.
Watch Stewart’s entire segment on Sam in the video below.