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Clinton-Dix on Michael Sam: He’d have no problem in Alabama locker room

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There has been plenty of reaction to the announcement earlier this week by Missouri defensive end Michael Sam. Sam, now heading to the NFL Draft, announced to the world he is gay and praised his teammates and coaches for supporting him and letting him break the news on his terms. Some opinions have been somewhat rough depending on who you ask when discussing Sam’s potential NFL future, but Alabama’s HaHa Clinton-Dix says Sam would have fit in just fine with the Crimson Tide.

“If he comes out and makes plays for us and we win, I’m happy, I’m proud,” Clinton-Dix said during an interview on ESPN’s SportsNation according to AL.com. “What he does off the field, that’s up with him. I don’t think he would have a problem in the locker room.”

Sam was the SEC’s co-defensive player of the year after leading the conference in sacks and tackles for a loss. He played a key role in Missouri going 11-1 in the regular season and playing for the SEC championship. Projected by many to be a mid-round draft pick, whether or not Sam is even drafted has become a topic of conversation.

Clinton-Dix’s comments echoed similar sentiments shared by former Alabama punter Cody Mandell, who called Sam’s announcement courageous and fended off negative criticism on Twitter, again according to AL.com. Sam’s own father seems to be struggling with the news.

Wherever Sam ends up, hopefully he is surrounded by teammates who will be as mature, open and understanding about the situation as he was at Missouri and may have been at Alabama.

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26 Responses to “Clinton-Dix on Michael Sam: He’d have no problem in Alabama locker room”
  1. atxcane says: Feb 12, 2014 9:37 PM

    So you’re saying essentially that the only people who care about his sexuality are the media?

  2. gborange says: Feb 12, 2014 10:29 PM

    Why is it that a gay man should have the right to shower with other men, but those other men shouldn’t have the right to NOT shower with a gay man?

  3. hardballtalkusername says: Feb 12, 2014 10:47 PM

    Maybe not in their locker room, but probably in that god awful state.

  4. suprdok says: Feb 12, 2014 10:48 PM

    Do you think when your doctor sees you nude it makes him want to jump your bones! Of course not because if he did you would never know it! It’s called being professional and tending to business at hand . I’m sure with the billions the NFL has teams can afford to have individual showers like most gyms do for those feeling insecure and wanting more privacy . The military seems to have adjusted so will the NFL!!

  5. tigersdawgs says: Feb 12, 2014 10:48 PM

    I think they could have found a different player from Alabama to ask this question to! Clinton-Dix talking about a gay player! Those two names should not be in the same sentence!

  6. normtide says: Feb 12, 2014 11:33 PM

    Hardball and people like him use blind hate while attempting to bash blind hate. There stereotype one group while taunting their enlightened views. That is the worst type of racist, one that is ignorant of their bigotry. Hate is hate, regardless of intentions.

  7. gborange says: Feb 13, 2014 12:03 AM

    In most Islamic nations homosexuals are stoned to death in the street, but I’m considered a bigot if I am anti-Muslim. Explain that one! I believe all humans are equal (gay or straight). I can’t support homosexuality as a Christian, but I do hate Islam as a human being. In other words, all the chest pounding liberals who condemn anti-Islam views need to do a little homework on tolerance.

  8. gborange says: Feb 13, 2014 12:12 AM

    @suprdok An openly gay doctor would not be my first choice for treatment.

  9. meatcarroll says: Feb 13, 2014 12:15 AM

    And we Jews consider ourselves to be the master race, and you Christians also believe the earth is 6,000 years old. No religion is perfect you goomba.

  10. tigersdawgs says: Feb 13, 2014 12:27 AM

    God created Adam and Eve, NOT Adam and Steve! Sorry , God knows best!

  11. normtide says: Feb 13, 2014 1:33 AM

    Gborange- that is the paradox of American liberalism. If they practiced what they preach, they would start a crusade. Alas, they only worry about women’s, minority, and gay rights for Americans. People in other nations don’t count, they are sub-human to them.

  12. seanb20124 says: Feb 13, 2014 8:17 AM

    The earth is flat.

  13. mattacc31 says: Feb 13, 2014 9:52 AM

    The sad thing is this is a news story still and the discussion around it. It’s a little sad to me that Sam has to make his sexuality public in 2014- can you imagine a Clowney or Bridgewater or another top prospect making an announcement that they like women?

    I also hate the fact that they keep asking opposing players for their feelings. The answer will be one of two things. A)I support it(whether they do or not or 2)Not in my locker room(and look like a bigot)…Either way this part of it really shouldn’t be much of a news story. 90% of players while they may not agree with his preference will still support him as long as he comes in, works hard, helps the team win, and doesn’t turn the locker room into a media circus.

  14. Deb says: Feb 13, 2014 10:32 AM

    normtide says:

    Hardball and people like him use blind hate while attempting to bash blind hate. There stereotype one group while taunting their enlightened views. That is the worst type of racist, one that is ignorant of their bigotry. Hate is hate, regardless of intentions.

    normtide says:

    Gborange- that is the paradox of American liberalism. If they practiced what they preach, they would start a crusade. Alas, they only worry about women’s, minority, and gay rights for Americans. People in other nations don’t count, they are sub-human to them.

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    Excellent first comment, norm. Alas … you canceled it out by spending your next comment stereotyping liberals as people who only worry about women’s, minority, and gay rights for Americans and consider people in other nations sub-human–which are ridiculous assertions. “Liberals” were campaigning against the Taliban years before 9/11.

    Despite what you think, “liberals” don’t have identical views on every issue. For instance, I’m a conservative Christian. And stereotyping people–any group of people does nothing but make it more difficult to find common ground and workable solutions to the nation’s problems.

  15. normtide says: Feb 13, 2014 12:26 PM

    I call it like I see it. For the record, conservatives are no better. Many claim they rather see people starve than give them food stamps. I find both parties to be anchors on this nation. Instead of personal views on issues, they expect people to toe the party line.

  16. thraiderskin says: Feb 13, 2014 12:29 PM

    I don’t think it is responsible to talk for everyone on a football team on non-football issues.

  17. Deb says: Feb 13, 2014 12:56 PM

    Well, norm, I’ve never been registered with any political party–have been registered nonpartisan since first eligible to vote–and can’t take responsibility for the flaws in the two-party system. If calling them like you see them includes pigeonholing large groups of people based on stereotypes that may not apply, it’s a poor practice … as you initially said.

  18. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 13, 2014 3:48 PM

    gborange says:
    Feb 13, 2014 12:03 AM

    In most Islamic nations homosexuals are stoned to death in the street, but I’m considered a bigot if I am anti-Muslim. Explain that one! I believe all humans are equal (gay or straight). I can’t support homosexuality as a Christian, but I do hate Islam as a human being.
    __________________________________

    That’s pretty much the standard definition of a religious bigot….

    You’re using someone else’s bigotry to rationalize your own….

  19. Deb says: Feb 13, 2014 3:57 PM

    @8to80 …

    Thank you for your comments on the other thread. It was very much appreciated.

  20. normtide says: Feb 13, 2014 6:25 PM

    I don’t deal in absolutes. But, you have to use generalities or you can’t stand for anything. Everyone can’t be everything.

  21. Deb says: Feb 13, 2014 6:37 PM

    When the generality is that those you disagree with politically consider people in other nations subhuman, that’s not about standing for anything.

  22. normtide says: Feb 13, 2014 9:23 PM

    Hell, I’m still looking for someone I do agree with, politically.

    I have trouble seeing it any other way. How can you claim to lead the fight for women’s rights and equality, yet not denounce sharia law? Evil need not convert you, just get you to turn your head.

  23. Deb says: Feb 13, 2014 10:59 PM

    You must not spend as much time talking to liberal women as I do. If you did, you’d hear sharia law denounced loudly. Women’s groups were circulating anti-Taliban petitions years before they became front-page news with 9/11. Liberal human rights activists have been working all over the world against tyrannical regimes that oppress women, exploit children, and torment gays.

    Both liberal and conservative administrations and politicians have a long history of propping up friendly dictators around the world and turning a blind eye to how they treat their citizens as long as they pledge allegiance to the United States. Politicians and people are two different things. Liberal activists have never turned a blind eye to the worlds realities. I think of all the people I know who’ve spent lifetimes working on the ground in the service of all kinds of human-rights causes. It’s silly to say they don’t care about the rights of people in other countries. Most of the time, they’re the only ones paying attention.

  24. normtide says: Feb 13, 2014 11:50 PM

    These same groups endorse an administration that panders to the Muslim leaders who allow the atrocities. I guess that’s my problem, I have a hard time choosing the lesser of two evils. I see the hypocrisy in taking about American strides in equality while holding hands with those who hold the opposite beliefs in there nations.

    I think we hold the same core belief on the deep issue, but see the road we are on totally differently. Either way, this debate should be held on a more serious forum. All the best.

  25. Deb says: Feb 14, 2014 10:18 AM

    Yes, Norm, we are probably more in sync than not. But this isn’t the forum. In this forum, we are definitely sympatico! RTR :)

  26. onlyoneleft says: Feb 16, 2014 7:24 PM

    He shouldn’t have a problem in the Bams locker room as, probably, 50% of them are of the same persuasion.

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