Ravens president Dick Cass: Sexual orientation a non-issue with organization

Dick Cass told the Ravens' team site that the club would welcome a gay player on their roster. - USA TODAY Sports

Dick Cass told the Ravens' website that there wouldn't be any problem with Michael Sam, or any gay player, being a part of the franchise.

In the wake of Missouri defensive end Michael Sam's announcement that he's gay, many teams' representatives — coaches, general managers, etc. — either spoke with reporters or released statements offering their take on the story.

The Ravens were no different. Speaking to BaltimoreRavens.com's Ryan Mink, Ravens team president Dick Cass said he wouldn't anticipate an issue with Sam, or any gay player, on the roster.

"I don’t think his being gay would be an issue at all for the Ravens," Cass said. "We’re all about winning. If he’s a good football player who can help us win games, he will be welcomed here."

Maybe I assume the best in all people but I truly believe Sam's inclusion into a professional locker room won't be that big of a deal. Sure, there will be a limited number of jerks that might try to make things difficult. But that goes with just about any profession. What Cass said should apply to most people, you'd think. If you can play football at a high level, you'll be accepted no matter what.

Sam's Missouri teammates were just fine with his revelation to them last August, and Sam wound up having the best season on the defensive side of the ball in the SEC. So yeah, the kid can play and should be drafted this May.

Cass also added that he's "disappointed it is such a big issue in 2014." While the knee-jerk reaction would be to agree, you have to realize that what Sam is doing is definitely a big deal. He's the first openly gay football player with hopes to join a league that doesn't have the greatest reputation for inclusion when it comes to homosexuals.

For those like Cass that are either disappointed in this being a big deal, or for those that think this shouldn't be a hot topic: It won't be when other players begin to come out, which is now inevitable. All it takes is one to take the first step and more will follow.

As for the Ravens, they felt compelled to chime in on the issue. Sam was projected as a mid-round selection prior to his announcement. We'll have to wait and see whether the NFL teams speaking out on this, the Ravens included, will back their talk up by selecting him in the draft in three months.


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