DON LEMON: Jackie Robinson Supporters Should Be Fans Of Michael Sam

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  • 05/13/14 -

    Donald Sterling and Michael Sam are two men in the spotlight bringing focus to issues of race, bigotry and tolerance, but in very different ways.

    Donald Sterling’s words, caught on tape a few weeks ago, revealed the depths of his racism.

    His interview this week with ‘CNN’ didn’t help his own case.

    I really don’t have to say anything after that sound bite.

    His ignorance speaks volumes.

    Michael Sam, relieved that his decision to be himself didn’t cost him his career, had an emotional moment that was months in the making ever since he became the first openly gay NFL prospect.

    He kissed his boyfriend live on national television, on a sports channel no less.

    I wonder if that kiss helped promote tolerance or widen the divide because not everyone was on board, including some professional athletes who voiced their disgust.

    At least two of them were black men who should know how bigotry and discrimination feel.

    Dolphins player don Jones tweet ‘Omg’ and ‘horrible.’

    He was promptly fined and excused from the team while he gets some ‘educational training’ and issued a full apology.

    Former NFL player Derrick Ward commented that kids were watching the draft and ESPN shouldn’t have shown the kiss.

    I wonder what Jackie Robinson would think of all of this?

    Remember him?

    When many were screaming’ no race mixing’, he was the guy who risked his life for inclusion in sports, inclusion for African Americans and all people of color.

    Michael Sam is now the guy risking his livelihood and perhaps bodily harm on and off the field for further inclusion of all Americans.

    So here’s the real question, the same voices, the big named players, leaders and influencers who so vehemently denounced Donald sterling by sending out statements and tweets and giving press conferences, where are they in support of Michael Sam?

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