ST. LOUIS – In a statement released today by St. Louis Rams Head Coach Jeff Fischer, defensive end Michael Sam did not make the latest round of roster cuts because of his apparent lack of homosexual tendencies.
“Honestly, as a team, we wanted to show the world that the National Football League was ready for an openly gay player,” said Fischer.
“But with a less-than-expected amount of what one would consider ‘typical gay behavior,’ Michael Sam just was not our guy.”
The head coach went on to say that the SEC co-defensive player of the year bonded with other Rams players, handled himself extremely well in spite of heightened media interest, was an excellent teammate, and that his athletic performance had, ultimately, “no bearing whatsoever” on the decision not to include him on the final roster.
“Look, there are a lot of great defensive players on the market. However, what we really liked about Sam was that, by drafting him, the Rams, and I think the entire league, could take a big step forward in equality and acceptance for gays and lesbians.
Unfortunately, the maturity, poise, and overall masculinity demonstrated by Mr. Sam was just not in our vision of his role on the team.”