Tony Dungy is one of the most upstanding men in the football universe. A soft-spoken committed Christian, he had a reputation for fairness and integrity while serving as an NFL head coach. But now, in some quarters, Tony Dungy is considered a “bigot.”
Dungy recently responded to a question about whether he would have drafted Michael Sam (the first openly homosexual player in the NFL and a seventh-round draft pick of the St. Louis Rams). Dungy’s response was “I wouldn’t have taken him. Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.” And then the internet exploded. Other media outlets besmirched Dungy’s character. Twitter overflowed with insults. The common sentiment was that as a black man Dungy should be especially sensitive to bigotry, which was reflected in this CBS Sports story.
Such comments miss the mark. They misrepresent Dungy and misunderstand what bigotry truly is.
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