After the St. Louis Rams declined to sign Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, the NFL made calls to several teams to see if they were interested in signing the first openly gay player to their practice squads, NBC’s Peter King reported on Friday.
The Dallas Cowboys signed Sam to their practice squad on Wednesday after he failed to land one of the 53 spots on the Rams’ roster.
“Now Sam and the NFL avoided a nightmare situation when he signed with the practice squad of the Dallas Cowboys.” King reported on Thursday.
WFAN co-host Craig Carton said he understands why the NFL was eager to help Sam, but added that it’s “wrong.”
"Let me tell you something, it's absolutely ridiculous. If the NFL was that worried about the 'homophobic' team owners or managers or players, that they would actually actively find a place for Michael Sam is -- Listen, I understand it, but it's wrong," he said. "Out of regards if you're gay or straight, it shouldn't matter... If they went out of their way to find a place for Michael Sam and not for any other guy that got cut, then that’s wrong."
Carton also said it further proves that the NFL suffers from "ridiculous sensitivity and insecurity to every freaking social issue going on in America."
Listen to Carton's comments via WFAN/CBS Sports: