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Dungy's comments better left unsaid

Ex-coach's opinion on Sam 'distraction' could legitimize an excuse to discriminate

Originally Published: July 22, 2014
By Dan Graziano | ESPN.com

Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, but when your opinion carries as much weight as Tony Dungy's does, you have to be careful about how you wield it.

The harm in what Dungy has said about Michael Sam lies not in his motivation for saying it, but in the impact it could have on the league, the player and the players who would follow in Sam's footsteps. Dungy's words -- and the fact that it was someone as respected as he is who said them -- serve to legitimize one of the excuses teams ...

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