"Sports talk shows have the capacity to be just as inane as cable news,"Tina Nguyen wrote Tuesday for Mediaite, "and ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith just hit a new one: he and Skip Bayless fell into a heated debate about Tony Dungy's comments about gay NFL draftee Michael Sam.
"Smith argued that Sam's sexuality was a problem, one which could impact the success of the St. Louis Rams, while Michael Vick, whose return to the NFL after being convicted for dogfighting cause massive controversy, was just a 'nuisance.'
"'Whether it's a religious perspective, or taking his quote verbatim, [Dungy] happens to be right!' Smith said. 'Somebody going to jail for a dogfighting scandal, serving his time in a prison, and then being in an NFL locker room, is not necessarily something that will cause a distraction in the eyes of players, compared to somebody that is gay in a locker room. We don't like to say that, but it's just the truth.' . . ." [video]
Tony Dungy, NBC Sports: Tony Dungy's statement regarding his Michael Sam comments
Jason Whitlock, ESPN: Dungy wrong about Michael Sam
Curtis M. Wong, Huffington Post: Michael Sam Had Second Guesses About Coming Out As Gay, While Boyfriend Vito Cammisano Provided Support