January 4, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Team Highlight head coach Herm Edwards reacts during the second half at the Under Armour All-America high school Game at Tropicana Field. Team Highlight defeated the Team Nitro 16-3. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Addicts have always had quite a bit to say about former Chiefs head coach Herm “Harm” Edwards. Now, they can apparently add “drunk on camera” and “afraid of gay football players” to the list of issues they have with the much maligned — and reasonably so — former coach.
When Sports Center host Steve Levy asked Edwards what he thought about Mizzou star Michael Sam coming out as the first openly gay man to enter the NFL Draft, Edwards had quite a lot to say. Click here to visit Deadspin and watch the video.
First of all, I don’t know if Herm had been drinking before the interview or if he was simply trying to find the right words to describe his feelings on this issue. That’s going to happen. Everybody is going to view this a different way. But Edwards, usually very eloquent on the mic, seemed to be completely lost when it came to this. If you noticed, he continually called the young Mizzou player “Michael Sams” with an “S”. Common mistake, but come on Herm, really? But the part that really got me is Edwards likening Sam’s sexual orientation to “off field issues” and Edwards saying “can we handle this player.”
Believe it or not, the statement that’s made the most sense in that regard came from Pete Prisco’s twitter account yesterday. Yeah, I know. Now I’ve been drinking.
When it comes to homosexuality in the locker, it’s something that’s been going on since there have been locker rooms. If you think it hasn’t you’re lying to yourself. Should it hurt Michael Sam in the NFL Draft? No. Look at Manti T’eo last year. He lied about who he was and went in the second round. All Michael Sam did was tell the truth.
Shame on you Herm. Shame on you.