Haslam: Browns would welcome Sam

February, 10, 2014
Feb 10
11:45
PM ET
The Cleveland Browns would welcome Michael Sam to the team.

That's the word from Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, who released a statement one day after Sam, who played at Missouri and was the SEC's co-Defensive Player of the Year, publicly acknowledged he is gay.

Sam could be the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL.

Haslam's complete statement:

“Absolutely we would welcome Michael Sam to the Cleveland Browns organization if he can help us win games and is the right football player for this team. We are intent on creating an environment that is supportive, accepting and respectful of individual rights and differences.”

Pat McManamon

ESPN Cleveland Browns reporter

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