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*Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks (pictured) made controversial comments about Michael Sam and the hiring of NFL’s first female referee Sarah Thomas, according to MSN.

He compared Thomas’ hiring to Sam’s joining the NFL. He said they both were PR stunts. “It’s just like the Michael Sam situation – if he wasn’t gay, he would have gone undrafted,’’ Marks said.

“Instead, the league drafts him because I think they are trying to monopolize every aspect of the world..the same thing with a female ref,” he added. “For the league, it’s great publicity. The NFL is all about monopolizing every opportunity.”

Marks faced backlash for his comments and how he related Thomas’ hiring as the first female official, who knows her job, to Sam being drafted.

“For women, it’s great,’’ the defensive tackle said. “Ain’t nothing wrong with it, especially as long as she knows what she’s doing.”