Dungy Releases Statement On Michael Sam Comments

Former NFL head coach Tony Dungy is elaborating on his comments he made about the NFL's first openly-gay player. Dungy issued a statement to clarify his comments in a "Tampa Tribune" article where he is quoted as saying he would not have drafted former Missouri star Michael Sam because he "wouldn't want to deal with all of it," and his transition to the NFL won't be "totally smooth" and "things will happen." The NBC analyst says his comments were made just after the draft and before a proposed Oprah Winfrey reality TV show about Sam's NFL journey was scrapped. Dungy says the show would have been a distraction, but Sam absolutely deserves an opportunity to play in the NFL. He adds that he would not have a problem with Sam playing on his team and his sexual orientation would not play a part in the evaluation process. The Super Bowl winning coach says his philosophy on drafting players is to "minimize distraction for my teams," and in hindsight his comments have "played a role in the distraction."

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

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The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Senior Swimmer Michael Matthews from St. Francis Borgia Regional High School in Washington. Michael medalled in two events at the state swim meet at the St. Peters Rec-Plex. He took 7th in the 50-Yard Freestyle and 4th in the 100-Yard Butterfly. Michael also medalled in four events in the AAA Conference meet, helping Borgia secure the conference title.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

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I have just returned from spending four days in a guided silent retreat. The grace of silence is that it allows us to listen and reflect.

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SPORTS CORNER

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Max Pacioretty scored twice on his 26th birthday as the Canadiens cruised to a 4-1 win over the Blues at the Bell Centre. Vladimir Tarasenko scored the lone goal in the first period for St. Louis, which fell to 0-and-2 on its four-game road trip. Jake Allen allowed all four goals on 30 shots in the setback. The Blues skate in Ottawa tomorrow.