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Dallas sports anchor offers incredible message of support for Michael Sam and gay NFL players

“You beat a woman and drag her down a flight of stairs, pulling her hair out by the roots? You’re the fourth guy taken in the NFL draft. You kill people while driving drunk? That guy’s welcome. Players caught in hotel rooms with illegal drugs and prostitutes? We know they’re welcome. Players accused of rape and pay the woman to go away? You lie to police, trying to cover up a murder? We’re comfortable with that. You love another man? Well, now you’ve gone too far!

Dale Hansen, sports anchor for ABC affiliate WFAA in Dallas, in a two-minute segment titled “Hansen Unplugged: Celebrating Our Differences.” Hansen focused on recently out college football player Michael Sam, who could become the first openly gay player in the NFL, and the controversy that has surrounded his coming out. Addressing those who have criticized Sam for coming out, and those who have questioned whether gay men should be allowed to play in the NFL, Hansen said, “I’m not always comfortable when a man tells me he’s gay. I don’t understand his world. But I do understand that he’s part of mine.”

Watch the full segment from WFAA below.

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