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Old 02-10-2014, 12:03 PM   #22
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Default Re: Draft prospect Michael Sam comes out as gay

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Originally Posted by Atlanta Dan View Post
Having grown up in Pittsburgh and living now in Atlanta I am not so sure the Steelers fan base would necessarily be any more or less tolerant than fan bases in Texas or the South. Lupe Valdez was re-elected in 2012 to her third term as Sheriff in Dallas. Ms. Valdez is openly gay.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/20/us...st-day.html?hp

I would not like her odds of being elected in Allegheny County.

I think a big factor is whether the head coach has job security and can control his locker room during what will be a media event that will leave such training camp distractions as having Hard Knocks on site in the dust.
That does make a lot of sense. My girlfriend has (extended, thank Christ) family in Texas that are a little bit less accepting of anyone who isn't white and/or Christian. I'm not going to pretend that those kind of people aren't everywhere, but I think they're more predominately down in the South. Can you imagine the good old boy Cowboys fan in rural Texas talking about having Michael Sam on their team?
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