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Michael Sam and the NFL draft: Queen's University expert

2014-05-09

Queen’s University professor Geoff Smith is available to comment on Michael Sam, an openly gay NFL prospect, ahead of this weekend’s NFL draft. There has been some debate as to whether Sam will get drafted based on his athletic talent or if he will be passed over after coming out as gay.

“Sam is a football player, and more,” says Dr. Smith. “Gendered readings of his athleticism should take second place to his ability. But the NFL is a hidebound, difficult entity. Let us see if being gay is equivalent to being undraftable.”

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