Former Missouri Tigers defensive end and SEC co-defensive player of the year Michael Sam made headlines when he announced on ESPN and to the New York Times that he was gay. The days since Sam made his announcement on Sunday has been filled with supportive messages from Missouri to the NFL to the White House and today LSU head coach Les Miles said he would accommodate a gay player.
“We require so much from our team that we really don’t look at things that make us different. We look at things that make us similar,” Miles said in an interview with The Advocate. “If that was a difference, I think our team would accommodate that guy who’s a really good football player and a contributor to our team.”
Coaches want a player who can help win football games and be a positive influence on and off the football field, basketball court or baseball diamond, and Miles said he would not make decisions based on a player’s sexual orientation.
“I think that those preferences are sincerely the decision of the player and I think that we’re playing the best player, the toughest guy, the most capable, fastest,” Miles said. “I don’t know that we’re making a determination based on any preference. I wish him the very best.”