Barriers broken, but at what cost

05/13/2014 10:05 AM

05/13/2014 10:11 AM

Re "Rams select openly gay player" (Sports, May 11): On May 10, Michael Sam became the first openly gay player to be drafted in the NFL. While this is a huge step in right direction for society as a whole, we must ask: "At what cost?"

Even though Sam more than qualifies to be picked, many say a seventh round, third string defensive pick is unnecessary. Many people can't help but wonder if he was only picked for publicity and to bring in some revenue for the team. No NFL team would use an early pick on a player for these reasons, but why not use a seventh round pick to become the team that drafted the first openly gay player?

The important thing is the barrier has been broken. Hopefully, Sam will be judged for his play not his sexual orientation.

-- Trevor Levitt, Sacramento

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