A sports anchor at an ABC affiliate in Dallas spent two minutes of his broadcast Monday night delivering a speech in support of Michael Sam, the Missouri defensive end and NFL prospect who came out as gay Sunday night. Takes both critical and supportive of Sam have dominated the airwaves this week, but Dallas anchor Dale Hansen's take stands out for its simplicity and blunt, reasoned logic.
"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. 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? Well, now you've gone too far!"
Hat tip to the Huffington Post for surfacing the video. Hansen told HP he's received more than 700 "overwhelmingly positive" e-mails following his broadcast.
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