Michael Sam will be a role model

Sam won't be an off-field distraction for any NFL team that drafts him

Updated: February 14, 2014, 12:47 AM ET
By Jason Whitlock | ESPN.com

Michael Sam is going to be just fine, and so will the NFL team lucky enough to draft the Missouri pass-rusher.

Sam is riding a wave, not creating one. An overwhelming influx of cash stripped American sports and its superstars of their ability to be revolutionary catalysts for progressive change. The sports world is no longer a leader in the battle for social justice. It's a follower. Sports are playing catch-up to the rest of American society.

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