Former Dallas Cowboy defensive end Greg Ellis said the following about Sam and his entry into the NFL.
He has to be careful. He has to come in, close his mouth.If he pats somebody on the butt — I hope ESPN don’t get mad and never have me back — but if he pats somebody on the butt, how is that to be received? If he does that how is that to be received? If he said, ‘Come on baby’? I called guys baby all the time on the football field, but when you have taken a stand and went and go public and say that, ‘I am gay,’ how is that going to be received? People who’ve never been in an NFL shower room, not just locker room, it’s a open room. We don’t have private curtains. It’s just an open-form shower, so everybody sees each in the nude. Well if you’re looking at men as if you’re looking at women or vice versa, how are those guys to receive that? I don’t know. I don’t know how they will receive that.
Sounds reasonable for a league being pushed about locker room camaraderie. Jonathan Martin was a pushover and a "nerd" and he got teased to the point where his widdle feelings forced him to check into a clinic and his agent smeared a teammate to deflect attention. Michael Sam is openly gay entering a super machismo field full of a specific demographic that given the chance in state election after state election, is against gay marriage (black men, check exit polls). Ellis has a right to question how guys will take field talk. The media wants you to know Sam is different but then pretend that he does not have any different circumstances in a tough situation like an NFL locker room.
Not in Jason McIntyre's world. McIntyre opens his blog post with a slam on Ellis as if he is a nobody who had no career to delegitimize the quotation (cited above) that followed. Heh, what a loser, this is what the loser said. Greg Ellis played 11 seasons, averaging 7 sacks. Ellis was an All-American in college. Not a superstar, but he was a very good player for a decade in a sport with a burn out period of 3 years. The other hole in the "hunh, he's a nobody" angle. Most of these idiots we forget unless they are perennial all-stars or the fan is a sports nerd. This is just McIntyre slagging a guy to make readers think, "Ellis' opinion = bad".
The Ellis quote is then ended with McIntyre questioning if Ellis thinks he never played with a gay teammate. Well, Sam is the first openly gay NFLer (soon). Ellis ever play with an openly gay one? Debate worthy. Gays make up roughly 3.5% of American men. Is McIntyre so isolated from real gays, that he does not see the pattern of gays being a bit sissy? Sure, they can be tough, but on average? Does he not find it odd that figure skating has had plenty of openly and closeted gay men found in their small pool of competitors, yet football now has their first? Figure skating offers being the center of attention, applause, flowers after the performance, artistry, dancing, frilly costumes and tights. Despite the NY Times desperate attempt to overplay the homoeroticism of football, football is based on hit the guy or be hit. It might be reasonable that the 3.5% of the overall population turns into less than 1% playing football, therefore Ellis might have not bumped into any gays in the locker room.
Here's something else on McIntyre to prove his prog bona fides. The guy's Twitter feed throughout 2012 and into the 2013 Zimmerman trial was pro-Trayvon non-stop despite any new evidence, despite eyewitness testimony, and despite state witnesses that ended up helping the defense. He could watch the Bill Whittle video on Trayvon-Zimmerman that showed how rigged the trial was with excluding evidence in the prosecution's favor and not allowing certain testimony and still tweet "damn, Zimmerman cold blooded murdrer". Doesn't matter. Little black kid (6'1" football player) got shot by gun toting, evil
The USA Today owns The Big Lead. Despite knowing no one outside hotel guests who read the USA Today, it has a huge subscriber base and is a giant media entity. One would assume they would support free speech, but as progs, nope. This criticism of Ellis is just that he believes Sam has to watch it as he enters the league because he has a different set of concerns. McIntyre is not stupid. He may be lazy. He may not watch the sports he reports on, but he is a liberal. Liberals gotta lib. McIntyre constantly has to signal he is a good little progressive to keep his job because it sure as shit isn't the writing. When the new cultural war issue is in play, the mass email goes out and everyone gets the talking points. Sadly in the 21st century, this includes sports journalists.