Sam was quickly cut from the St. Louis Rams last Saturday after becoming the first openly gay NFL football player.
According to the ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith and NBC’s Peter King, a NFL official had been calling around trying to get Sam signed to a NFL team’s practice squad after the cut.
Until the Dallas Cowboys decided to sign Sam, 31 other teams had passed on him as a practice squad player within a couple of days after his cut from the Rams.
“The Rams waived Michael Sam, the first openly gay player trying to make an NFL roster, he was unemployed for two days,” King said. “During that time a league official contacted multiple teams asking if they had evaluated Sam as a probable practice squad player.”
King added, “Now Sam and the NFL avoided a nightmare situation when he signed with the practice squad of the Dallas Cowboys.”
Some criticized Sam’s signing as a statement of having a gay player and called him out for his lack thereof talent to make it in the NFL. EPSN”S Smith pointed out other players who wanted a spot on a practice squad will be upset about how (and why) Sam got a spot.
“According to sources I have in the NFL, the league did call a few teams. They did want teams to take Michael Sam because obviously we see what kind of movement they’re gearing for, and what they’re support of Michael Sam, who we all know, came out, acknowledged he was gay before the draft and ultimately something Roger Goodell and the NFL supports and they want their teams to support. But other teams weren’t too receptive to taking him on once the St. Louis Rams cut him,” Smith said.
“So in steps, Jerry Jones coming to the aid of the NFL and making a splash with his willingness to bring this guy on board to the practice squad.”