Fischer: NFL Discriminates Against Straight Players

In the world that Bryan Fischer thinks he lives in, a world in which up is down, black is white and Obama is a Muslim communist, apparently it’s straight people that are being terribly discriminated against in the NFL because the Dallas Cowboys signed the only openly gay player in professional football to their practice squad.

The “Focal Point” host argued today that Sam is only on the practice squad “because he’s a homosexual.”

“What the NFL has done here is they have discriminated against every heterosexual football player that also got cut,” Fischer said. “They didn’t go to bat for those guys, they discriminated against everybody but Michael Sam.”

Fischer knows as little about football as he does about…well, everything else. There’s a very obvious reason why Dallas signed Sam: They need defensive ends badly and that’s the position he plays. Last year they had one of the worst defenses in the history of the league, then in the offseason they lost their best player, Demarcus Ware, who played the same position Sam plays. Then they lost their next three best players as well. Their defense is terrible and they have no one who can pressure the quarterback, which is Sam’s specialty (he was tied for the lead in sacks in the preseason with three). That’s why they signed him, because they think he can help them get better.

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  • cptdoom

    There are some reports that the NFL was contacting teams after the Rams cut Sam (for what were clearly football-related reasons), which they did not do for any other players. I hate to defend Fischer, but this action was likely taken because Sam is gay, but is it discrimination?

    Sam proved he was capable of playing in the NFL. Of the 12 players with 2.5 or more sacks in the preseason (Sam had 3), 10 were on a 53-player roster, 1 was on a practice squad, and Michael Sam was getting offers from the WWE but not the NFL. It was widely reported that teams were concerned about signing Sam because of the “distraction” of media interest in this pioneer – and ESPN did not help things with their “when is Michael Sam showering” report. It seems like the league wanted to avoid a PR disaster (“Is the NFL homophobic? We’ll discuss at 11”) and encouraged teams to consider (but not sign, according to the reports I’ve seen) Sam.

    I have no doubt that the Cowboys signed Sam to their practice squad (requiring them to cut someone else) because they saw he could contribute to the defense, but that Jerry Jones also realized he could get some good PR for it – a win/win. But anyone who tries to claim better players were not given an opportunity to play in the NFL just so they could make room for Sam is talking bullsh*t. Had Sam not come out, he likely would have been drafted much earlier (closer to the 3rd – 5th round in which he was initially predicted) by a team that actually needed his skills and he would have been on their roster – he very nearly made it onto the Rams roster even though they were well-stocked on defense. The NFL, if anything, was trying to relevel the playing field.

  • Taz

    The Rams cut him because they had another player who was as good at backup defensive end and better on special teams. Most analysts believed Sam would get picked up after his showing in the pre-season.

  • John Pieret

    Also, the NFL already had a PR disaster blowing up in its face with Ray Rice (the Commissioner must have known about the tape) and didn’t need another.

  • eric

    40 years ago, Fisher would’ve made the same complaint only it would’ve started out ““What the NFL has done here is they have discriminated against every wh…”

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    That player needs to go to the Homo League, where he can wear tight pants and shoulder pads and sweatily jump on other men without gaying up the NFL.

  • scienceavenger

    The “Focal Point” host argued today that Sam is only on the practice squad “because he’s a homosexual.”

    Riiiiight, because if there is one thing Jerry Jones is known for, its his social activism.

  • eric

    Riiiiight, because if there is one thing Jerry Jones is known for, its his social activism.

    Remember, these guys thought Boehner was a RINO. What you say sarcastically, they actually believe. It’s a one-strike policy: you do one thing they don’t agree with you, it means you’re a liberal marxist muslim atheist.

  • magistramarla

    There is something seriously wrong when there is a protest against a young man who thus far seems to treat his partner with love and respect with people claiming that “he’s a bad example for our young people”, when the NFL seems to be heavily populated by domestic abusers, animal abusers, drunk drivers and even a few murderers.

    I never watch football, but even I am aware of those bad examples. Ironically, my husband would not be. He watches no sports and even less news than I do.

    If he continues to be an honest and straightforward young man, I would consider him to be a great example for our youth.

  • Michael Heath

    Ed writes:

    There’s a very obvious reason why Dallas signed Sam: They need defensive ends badly and that’s the position he plays.

    I’d go further. Michael Sam plays defensive end and also showed demonstrable promise in the exhibition games.

  • Michael Heath

    Me @ 9,

    Reading comprehension fail on my part. I should have read to the end of Ed’s post since he makes the point that I make above; that I wrongly thought Ed missed.

  • colnago80

    At the very least, it would appear that Sam could make it as part of a pass defense package on sure passing situations as he appears to be a good pass rusher. He did sack the Cleveland quarterback twice in the Dallas/Cleveland game.

  • John Pieret

    At the very least, it would appear that Sam could make it as part of a pass defense package on sure passing situations

    Exactly my thought. Outside linebacker rushing the passer on passing downs without pass coverage duties (which he never did in college). But that makes him, at best a marginal player He’ll have to show he can pass cover or be good on special teams or otherwise contribute to the team. Even with a 53 man roster (plus practice squads), you can’t be a one dimensional player unless you’re a star.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    Well, the affirmative action case of Tim Tebow, who was elevated from 3rd string to starting QB and turned out to be worse in every category than the guy he replaced (except INTs), clearly showed how the NFL is biased against Christians. So people like Fischer don’t have to squint very hard to see bias against another dominant, privileged group.

  • shay

    There’s an echo here of a comment Rush Limbaugh made about Donovan McNabb that I can’t remember exactly. I think the Eagles were going to the Superbowl and Limbaugh stated that no one would think McNabb was a very good quarterback if he were white. Anyone remember that, or is my memory going on me?

  • KRS

    Shay @14:

    It was early in the season, and I’m not sure if the Eagles made the Super Bowl that year. It was during Rush’s brief stint as a cohost of Monday Night Football (the comment is what got him fired). Specifically, he said that McNabb was no good and that the media was hyping him because they wanted a “Great Black Hope” to prove that African Americans could play QB in the NFL. This after the careers of Doug Williams, Randall Cunningham, and Warren Moon, just off the top of my head. It might have even been the first or second game he ever covered with the MNF team, and he showed the general public the extent of his ignorance and racism.

  • zmidponk

    Modusoperandi:

    That player needs to go to the Homo League, where he can wear tight pants and shoulder pads and sweatily jump on other men without gaying up the NFL.

    Well, he was getting offers from the WWE, where men dressed in lycra get sweaty by grappling each other, so he could maybe have started a career there…

  • birgerjohansson

    zmidponk says

    “Well, he was getting offers from the WWE, where men dressed in lycra get sweaty by grappling each other, so he could maybe have started a career there…”

    Or he could have joined the Spartans from “300”. The most homoerotic mainstream film evah.

  • colnago80

    Re John Pieret @ #12

    Actually, it is my information that he was playing defensive end in the game where he sacked the Cleveland quarterback twice. It would be a waste of talent to require a good pass rusher to cover in the secondary. As they say, every quarterback is mediocre under pressure and putting pressure on the quarterback is equally as important as coverage in the secondary.