"He's an excellent athlete and was Co-SEC defensive player of the year," Walsh noted. "To get him in the seventh round is a steal. I'm excited to see what he can do for our team."
But Walsh's excitement quickly turned to disgust moments after the pick when Sam was shown kissing his boyfriend in a celebratory embrace for being the first openly gay athlete selected in the NFL draft.
|Michael Sam (left) kisses his boyfriend upon being selected |
in the 7th round of the NFL Draft.
"I ain't got no problem with Sam being gay," Walsh said. "I figure that's how the good Lord made him and it ain't for me to judge."
No, instead what Walsh found offensive was Walsh's choice in boyfriend.
"Sam is black. His boyfriend is white. Now if you ask me, that just ain't right," he said. "Being gay, that's fine, that's how your born. But a black man dating a white man, that's just wrong. The Lord made the races different for a reason and they should each stick to his own kind."
He went on to explain that an interracial relationship could be a distraction for a team that doesn't need any distractions as they look to improve on their 7-9 season.
"The media is going to be asking about it all season. I don't think (Head Coach Jeff) Fisher wants to spend all his time answering questions about Sam having a white boyfriend. And I'm sure the players don't want to either."
Reached for comment, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford said he doesn't care what race the people are that his teammates date.
"Seriously, is this the 1950s?" he said. "I thought we moved past all that."