Dallas News Anchor Schools Bigots on LGBT’s Place in Sports
A video of a sports anchor for Dallas’s ABC affiliate station WFAA has gone viral this week. In the clip, the anchor gives a surprising, yet extremely touching speech about LGBT acceptance in sports, specifically in the National Football League.
Anchor Dale Hansen’s speech came Monday night, just a day after NFL draft prospect Michael Sam told the media he is gay, which puts him on the track of becoming the NFL’s first openly gay player. In his segment, called "Hansen Unplugged: Celebrating Our Differences," Hansen strays away from the typical script for about two-minutes to talk about an article that was published in Sports Illustrated this week, where eight anonymous NFL officials told the publication that Sam’s groundbreaking announcement would negatively impact his chances of being drafted.
The officials also said that an openly gay player would bring problems to the locker room.
"It would be uncomfortable because that’s a man’s world," Hansen said before calling out football players’ destructive behavior.
"You beat a woman and drag her down a flight of stairs, pulling her hair out by the roots? You’re the fourth guy taken in the NFL draft," he said. "You kill people while driving drunk? That guy’s welcome. Players caught in hotel rooms with illegal drugs and prostitutes? We know they’re welcome. Players accused of rape and pay the woman to go away? You lie to police, trying to cover up a murder? We’re comfortable with that.
"You love another man, but now you’ve gone too far," Hansen said.
The sports castor then brings up black rights, pointing out the NFL’s discrimination against black athletes.
"I’m not always comfortable when a man tells me he’s gay; I don’t understand his world," Hansen later adds. "But I do understand that he’s part of mine."
He then quotes civil rights activist Audre Lorde: "It is not our differences that divide us, it is our inability or recognize, accept and celebrate those differences."