A Thoughtful Reply to an Unthoughtful Rant Regarding Michael Sam’s Short Career as a Ram.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/08/31/bills-eric-wood-blames-espn-for-lack-of-interest-in-michael-sam/#comment-3590349

This is not reporting. This is a highly biased opinion piece designed to present on agenda-driven side of an argument. If you followed what Coach Fisher and the Rams did in the draft- they drafted a defensive tackle in the first round and signed another defensive end immediately after the draft named Westbrook. Mr. Westbrook has at least an equally compelling personal interest story as Sam, so no one can argue that he doesn’t deserve a spot on the team at least as much as Sam from that angle as well. In retrospect, drafting Sam and signing Westbrook as an undrafted free agent is a solid stroke of genius, as is not allowing Oprah to film- because there really is no story here.

The Rams also cut the quarterback they drafted in the sixth round, Garrett Gilbert, which was definite need on the team after starter Sam Bradford was lost for the season, as well as ALL of their seventh round picks…. So… is Michael Sam really in any way an outlier? Or is this just a perceived opportunity for a group of disaffected individuals to rake up some muck and raise a m*****-f****** ruckus, as the Wu-Tang Clan might opine.

How often do teams pick up rookies cut other teams after their first pre-season? If that is a frequent occurrence, and Sam is an exception, then the story has legs. But the reporter didn’t bother to actually “report” on the story. The player and reporter both seem to simply jump to a hasty and seemingly agenda driven conclusion without adequate research. Being on the Buffalo Bills, not the Saint Louis Rams, probably means the player has no inside information. And the reporter just uses that as an opportunity to present his own highly biased opinion. That’s truly sketchy journalism. In fact… it really isn’t journalism at all. It’s propaganda.

To prove that the only logical reason for Sam not to be signed to the practice squad of another team without providing reputable statistics does Mr. Sam and the gay community a severe disservice… if you want to convince people that gay athletes can compete solely based on their talent. Now… if you want to argue that quotas should be put in place based on population demographics rather than skill… well… that would be a very interesting option, too. First, the NFLPA would have to start actually acting like a REAL Union… and forcing all players that performed the same jobs to work for the same pay and have the same contracts. That would certainly improve parody, if not parity.

But the first order of business is to end reporting of unsubstantiated subjective opinion as fact. That is intentionally misleading and fails to meet the journalistic standards of good practice.

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