Outrage ensues after former NFL coach Tony Dungy says he would not have drafted league’s first openly gay player

Super Bowl winning coach and NBC Sports analyst Tony Dungy is under fire for comments he made in an interview about St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam – the first openly gay NFL player. Dungy told the Tampa Tribune he would not have drafted Sam to his team. On radio this morning, Glenn, Pat, and Stu reacted to the phony outrage.

In an interview with the Tampa Tribune published Monday, Dungy explained he would not have drafted Sam to his team – not because he is gay but because he personally would not want his team to deal with the distractions of a player filming a reality TV show. At the time the Tribune article was conducted, Sam was rumored to be participating in a reality show for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network.

“I wouldn’t have taken him," Dungy told the paper. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it… It’s not going to be totally smooth… things will happen."

While the majority of the mainstream media has criticized Dungy, at least one prominent commentator is defending the former coach. ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith – who made headlines for speaking out about Sam following the NFL Draft in May – said he does not believe Dungy’s comments were “remotely controversial.” In turn, fellow commentator Skip Bayless said he was “shocked” at Smith’s take.

Watch the exchange below:

After hearing Smith’s remarks, Glenn called praised the commentator saying, “this guy makes more sense than almost any other person on TV.”

Like Smith, Glenn recognized Dungy was speaking from a coach’s perspective. That perspective has nothing to do with a player’s sexual orientation and everything to do with how an individual will affect the dynamic of a team.

“Now, wait a minute, hang on just a second. Isn't that what a coach should do,” Glenn asked. “He should look for the one that can keep focused, has the best talent, has the best ability, and then also take into accountability is the guy focused? And you know that Michael Sam was doing a deal unbeknownst to the team for the OWN network with Oprah Winfrey.”

Dungy has issued a lengthy response to the Tampa Tribune article via NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk, in which he clarifies his remarks had nothing to do with Sam being gay. He went on to say he hopes the media will stop focusing on Sam’s sexual orientation and start focusing on his abilities as an NFL player.

On Monday afternoon while on vacation with my family, I was quite surprised to read excerpts from an interview I gave several weeks ago related to this year’s NFL Draft, and I feel compelled to clarify those remarks.

I was asked whether I would have drafted Michael Sam and I answered that I would not have drafted him. I gave my honest answer, which is that I felt drafting him would bring much distraction to the team. At the time of my interview, the Oprah Winfrey reality show that was going to chronicle Michael’s first season had been announced.

I was not asked whether or not Michael Sam deserves an opportunity to play in the NFL. He absolutely does.

I was not asked whether his sexual orientation should play a part in the evaluation process. It should not.

[…]

I wish Michael Sam nothing but the best in his quest to become a star in the NFL and I am confident he will get the opportunity to show what he can do on the field.

My sincere hope is that we will be able to focus on his play and not on his sexual orientation.

Read Dungy’s full response HERE.

Sen. Ted Cruz: NOBODY should be afraid of Trump's Supreme Court justice pick

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to weigh in on President Donald Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees and talk about his timely new book, "One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History."

Sen. Cruz argued that, while Congressional Democrats are outraged over President Trump's chance at a third court appointment, no one on either side should be afraid of a Supreme Court justice being appointed if it's done according to the founding documents. That's why it's crucial that the GOP fills the vacant seat with a true constitutionalist.

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to talk about why he believes President Donald Trump will nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.

Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will consider and vote on the nominee, also weighed in on another Supreme Court contender: Judge Barbara Lagoa. Lee said he would not be comfortable confirming Lagoa without learning more about her history as it pertains to upholding the U.S. Constitution.

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This week on the Glenn Beck Podcast, Glenn spoke with Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias about his new book, "One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger."

Matthew and Glenn agree that, while conservatives and liberals may disagree on a lot, we're not as far apart as some make it seem. If we truly want America to continue doing great things, we must spend less time fighting amongst ourselves.

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'A convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists': Why is the New York Times defending George Soros?

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn discussed the details of a recent New York Times article that claims left-wing billionaire financier George Soros "has become a convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists who have falsely claimed that he funds spontaneous Black Lives Matter protests as well as antifa, the decentralized and largely online, far-left activist network that opposes President Trump."

The Times article followed last week's bizarre Fox News segment in which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared to be censored for criticizing Soros (read more here). The article also labeled Glenn a "conspiracy theorist" for his tweet supporting Gingrich.

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