B/R NFL National Lead Writer Mike Freeman previously was an NFL columnist for CBSSports.com. He has been a sportswriter for the New York Times, Boston Globe and Washington Post, among other papers. His books include "ESPN: The Uncensored History" (2001) and last year's "Undefeated: Inside the Miami Dolphins' Perfect Season."
In your Michael Sam article you said he was 'weighted down by the anvil of social media'. People weighed down by social media don't go on Dancing with the Stars. They don't allow a documentary to follow him around training camp - until the head coach nixed it. He wasn't weighed down by social media - he invited it. His real agenda was to become famous as a celebrity. Football was just a vehicle for that end. His 'coming out' wasn't brave. It was self-indulgent.
Really Mike? You conveniently forgot to mention that a week before his most important job interview, the NFL veteran combine, Mr Sam decided that it would be in his best interest to go on Dancing with the Stars! Imagine, for him, it's more important to hone your skill dancing ballroom instead of prepping for a job. Who does that? Simply not dedicated enough. I don't care what your orientation is. Nothing is given to you. Imagine Sam having to tell people he can't play football anymore cause he tore up a knee while dancing? Lame.
All this shows is that you were wrong all along. It's about football, period. Idiots like you keep the dialog going. Hey Mike, nobody cares, except you. Leave the poor guy alone. You are embarrassing him and showing your own prejudices.
Hollywood ending my ass... He was lucky to be drafted at all. That alone should of been his 1st clue that he would never be an NFL player.. But the media blew this way out of proportion..
You're article on Michael Sam I feel very misguided. Although well written I feel you and every other sports writer are making an issue out of something that is so simple. I think only you writers and sportscasters in the media care that he's gay. You make this huge issue out of it and ignore the fact that he has become a sub-par player that has lost drive. He seemed more focused on his career in the spotlight than on football. Yes, we commend him for coming out. I think it was brave, but enough with that lingering story and play FOOTBALL. I think he created all this pressure himself and then folded when the hype got too big for him. I don't want anyone to make any more excuses for him. In football, just like in life, you get out what you put in.
If you are going to write an opinion piece where you essentially say that people who don't agree with you are ignorant homophobes, perhaps make sure that you allow comments. Then again, you don't seem to care what others think. I mean, who cares that his teammates say that he was mad at himself for not being the best. What do they know? They were only with him for the 2 weeks in question. No way that they know better than you.
Your article about gambling Im sure was for conversation sparks. However, your right, gambling is gambling players cannot play.
Media make minutia into mountains and you are up there on Mt. Everest. Manziel come to practice early, leaves late. Report that, not minutia.
why do you still work here when clearly no one likes what you write?
Mike Freeman is the definition of a Clickbait Frontrunner. All he cares about is those clicks, not the quality of writing.