Jon Stewart slams NFLers who call gay players a 'distraction'

Jon Stewart points out the hypocrisy of the NFL worrying about an openly gay player being a distraction.
Posted By Gabrielle Levy  |  Feb. 11, 2014 at 5:38 PM
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NEW YORK, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Jon Stewart thinks NFL scouts and executives who say coming out would diminish a player's chances of getting drafted are full of it.

The Daily Show host slammed reports from unnamed NFL executives and coaches that former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam would see his draft stock drop after coming out publicly Sunday.

Some of Stewart's funniest -- and most powerful -- work is when he points out the absurd hypocrisies of politicians, members of the media and other public figures, and his segment on reaction to Sam's announcement was no different.

“No pro team wants the type of ‘controversy’ having a gay player is going to cause," Stewart said, sarcasm in full effect. "If he had just been convicted of DUI vehicular manslaughter, or obstruction of justice in connection with a murder, or have been accused of sexual assault, or screamed the N-word at a concert, or killed a bunch of dogs and buried them in his [explective] yard -- you know, ‘NFL material.’”

[Sports Illustrated]

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